In the Know: Building Self-Confidence!

In the Know: Building Self-Confidence!

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We hope you’ve had a great week and are getting into the swing of things this term! In today’s newsletter, we’ll be looking at tips and strategies that you can use to help your child build their confidence! We’ve all heard the phrase, “Confidence is Key”, and as young people prepare for the real world, having confidence will help them to achieve their goals and set them up for success. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, read on to find out more. 

Enjoy Deloitte’s online sessions!
In preparing your teen to face the real world, Deloitte has put together a series of online sessions that your child can watch at any time. These sessions are aimed at improving their confidence, by building positive habits and thought patterns! This will make them feel calmer in high-pressure situations and will put them in a more focused state of mind. These sessions are free for young people of all ages to join, and you can stream them here

Participate in a drama workshop!
City Bridge is hosting free, online drama workshops for young people of all ages. During these workshops, your child will learn scriptwriting, improv, film, comedy, monologues, Shakespeare, and more! Drama helps build confidence, concentration, memory, and imagination and develops language and communication skills. Your child will also get an E-certificate for each major topic! These sessions start on Sunday 23rd January, and you can sign up here.

Gain some helpful tips with these podcasts!
Raising confident teens has a host of podcasts for both young people and parents to enjoy! They cover topics relevant to teens and parents like goal-setting, time management and fitness, as well as more sensitive topics like coping with depression. These podcasts aim to give you and your child insight into dealing with everyday situations and will also provide some helpful tips on how to build self-confidence. You can access these podcasts by clicking here!

 

In the Know: Setting Goals for 2022!

In the Know: Setting Goals for 2022!

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With the new year in full swing, we thought it would be great to share opportunities that’ll help your child set the pace for the year. We understand that goal setting for teens can be daunting, as young people have great ideas and dreams, but don’t yet have the experience of breaking down and organising a goal into steps. This week’s newsletter focuses on just that – helping your child to set and achieve their goals!

Review 2021 and set out 2022!
Positive Future Group is hosting a free online workshop for young people of all ages, to help them set achievable and exciting goals for 2022. In this workshop, your child will also get the opportunity to review their achievements for 2021. Before the session, your child needs to come up with 3 things they’d love to do this year and 2 things they learned about themselves last year! This exciting workshop takes place on Saturday 29th January, and you can book here

Enjoy a podcast and help pave the road for 2022!
Unstoppable Teen has a 20-minute podcast that you and your child can enjoy on your way to school! During this podcast, Kevin Mencher, teen success coach, will take your child through strategies that they can use to make 2022 their best year ever. Kevin shares steps 1 to 4 of The Ultimate Youth Lifestyle Strategy that he speaks about in his new book. He also offers a parent webinar that you can enjoy. If you’d like to listen to the podcast, click here!

Download an app to help you get a headstart this year!
Teen SMART Goals is an app for young people to manage the important goals in their lives. This simple and easy-to-use app, guides young people to define their goals, breaking them down into manageable activities, and focusing their efforts on deadlines and the end result. This app will help your child develop a growth mindset and avoid burnout. Parents sign up first, then connect their child’s account to activate the app. If you’d like to download this app, click here!

In the Know: Unlock 2022 with new skills!

In the Know: Unlock 2022 with new skills!

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Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a great start to 2022. This week we’re sharing three exciting opportunities that’ll give your child the headstart they need to unlock their potential and get geared for the year ahead. These events include live interaction sessions, coding workshops, and an opportunity to create a vision board for 2022. If this sounds exciting, read on to find out more!

Join Deloitte’s Live Interactive Sessions!
If your child is interested in working at Deloitte, then why not get them to join this free, live interactive session? This event is open to young people of all ages and will introduce them to key skills that’ll take them further in the world of work. They’ll be learning about topics like refining their interview skills, working on their personal brand, and more. The sessions take place from Thursday 20th January, and you can register here

Learn to code your own Superhero!
Microsoft is hosting a free, online workshop for young people aged 8 and up who are interested in coding. This event will teach them to use block coding to create a game with MakeCode Arcade. Your child will learn fundamental game and coding concepts like sprites, variables, and coordinates. They’ll also get to use their new skills to create a superhero. The workshop takes place on Monday 10th January, and you can book here.

Create your own vision board for 2022!
You and your family can enjoy a day together, creating your own vision board for 2022. This free workshop, hosted by Hemraj Goyal Foundation, will take you through the process of looking at your hopes, dreams and desires.  This event will also teach you how to align them to create the life you and your family really want through setting clear and actionable goals. It takes place on Sunday 16th January, and you can book here.

In the Know: Festive Fun for the Family!

In the Know: Festive Fun for the Family!

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Can you believe that there are only three Fridays until it’s Christmas?! With only a few weeks left until the end of term, we thought we’d share some fun, family activities to get you and your family into the festive cheer! These activities will help stimulate your child and also provide an opportunity for you to spend some quality time together. If you’re feeling festive or you’re looking for a nudge to get you going, then read on to see what we’ve got lined up!

Make your own festive greeting card!
The Great Exhibition Road Festival is hosting a free, exciting, online card-making workshop for the whole family! In this workshop, you’ll use materials you have at home to create unique festive greeting cards and discover the origins of this Victorian tradition. The workshop takes place on Wednesday 8th December, and you can book your place here

Build some new gadgets to help Santa’s deliveries
If your child is a master Lego builder then this free online workshop will be great for them. Hosted by Worcestershire Libraries, you and your family will have fun creating a new sleigh design with some gadgets for Santa. You don’t need to bring any specific Lego bricks, just a good selection to build your gadget. The workshop takes place on Tuesday 21st December, and you can book here

Be part of a virtual scavenger hunt!
Join storyteller John Kirk for a free jam-packed, interactive, online scavenger hunt. In this virtual storytelling experience, you and your family will have the opportunity to let your imagination run wild as you get into the mood for the Christmas celebrations. The session is open to the whole family and takes place on Tuesday 21st December. To book your ticket, click here

Applications for our 1-to-1 programmes are opened!
We’re really excited to let you know that applications are now open for our 1-to-1 online tutoring and mentoring programmes for young people aged 11-18! If you’d like to find out more about our programmes and give your child a headstart next term, make sure to book a call with the Scholar Success Team before Wednesday 15th December 2021.

In the Know: All Things Green!

In the Know: All Things Green!

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How are you? I hope well? I think it’s safe to say that young people need to learn how to protect their environment, be kind to each other, and make decisions that benefit the world as a whole. We believe that it’s important to teach young people about the environment and sustainability at home, as each small change can make a big impact. In this week’s line up, we’re focusing on just that! Read on if you’d like to find out more!

Learn how to store green energy!
The Great Exhibition Road Festival is hosting a free event where you and your family will discover how scientists capture and store green energy! Imperial College London Scientist, Louise, will unpack how to store energy on a large scale, so we can keep powering our homes and schools even when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. The event takes place on Wednesday, 24th November, and you can sign up here

Express how you feel about your environment!
Join Kakou for their exciting, free event called “A Climate of Change”! The aim of this workshop is to give young people, aged 8 – 24, an exciting opportunity to express their experience of COVID-19, and how it’s changed their environment,  through music and creative arts! This event will also allow them to explore how the environment and social culture is changing around them. It takes place on Wednesday, 1st December. You can register by clicking here

Explore the outdoors!
This free club is hosted by Surrey Wildlife Trust and is the perfect place for budding biologists and explorers to meet online with education tutors! They’ll get the opportunity to play games, make crafts, and share their love of all things wild. These activities are aimed at ages 6 – 13, and each session has a different theme. There will be activities to keep your child busy and happy all through winter. The club takes place on Thursday, 9th December and you can book here.  

 

In the Know: Celebrating National STEM Day!

In the Know: Celebrating National STEM Day!

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National STEM Day was celebrated on Monday, November 8th, and was aimed to inspire kids to pursue and explore their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This day is an opportunity to focus on helping young people develop an interest and advance in these fields. We believe the best time to build this mindset and spark interest is during their early education experiences. This week we’re sharing three fun activities that will help explore the field of STEM, read on to find out more. 

Learn more about coding!
Microsoft is hosting a free online event for young people aged 9 and up. The event features unique daily themes, guest speakers, and virtual workshop activities. By the end of the workshop, your child will have learned basic block coding concepts and solved beginner-friendly coding puzzles. The event takes place on Saturday 11th December, and you can book here.  

Make your own Sierpinski tree using Maths!
Join Maths on Toast to prepare for the festive season by making your own mathematical tree. The workshop is aimed at young people 4 and up and will give them the opportunity to use their Maths skills. During the workshop, your child will learn how to make a Sierpinski tree by joining tetrahedrons. The workshop takes place on Saturday 20th November and you can join here

Explore the role of Radio Engineer with STEM Hub!
If your child is in primary school and is interested in working as a radio engineer, this event is for them. Your child will have the opportunity to learn what it is like to work with pilots on walkie-talkies and how technology is used to help airplanes fly in the right place in the sky. The event takes place on Friday 26th November and will host a live Q&A session. You can register here.  

In the Know: Ready, Set, Goals!

In the Know: Ready, Set, Goals!

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With our careers summit coming up, we’re thinking about ways to help young people to start thinking about their goals and aspirations for the future. It’s never too early to get your child ready and to help them to start thinking about what they’d like to accomplish! Today, we’ll be sharing events that will help stimulate their creative thinking and give them some guidance on setting and achieving their future career goals. If you’d like to know more, read on!

Don’t miss the GT Scholars Online Career Summit – This Saturday!
With only a day to go for our online Careers Summit, it’s still not too late to sign up! The summit will be hosted live on Saturday 6th November 2021. Join us for the interactive masterclasses & panel sessions on topics such as “Careers in Technology”, “Careers in Insurance”, “Applying to Oxbridge”, “Is a career in STEM for me?”, “Apprenticeships/Non-Traditional Career Routes” and more! This year’s online Careers summit is sponsored by BRIT Insurance and our keynote speaker will be Lord Michael Hastings CBE. If you’d like your child to attend, they can register here!

Learn more about Artificial Intelligence!
Who are smarter, people or machines? What is intelligence anyway? Your child will get the opportunity to learn about these issues while playing a code-breaking game called ‘Fruit Salad Mastermind’! This free, interactive online gaming event is being hosted by the University to help young people to build an understanding of human and artificial intelligence. The challenge is to crack a hidden code by making guesses and getting feedback. This event is open to children ages 8 and up and takes place on Tuesday 30th November. To book your place click here.

Join a STEMtastic Virtual Event!
STEMtastic is a virtual, all-day event for young people aged 11 – 18, who are interested in finding out more about STEM subjects for future career opportunities! Hosted by the Virgin Money STEM Outreach Programme, this event will have five workshops that focus on how STEM subjects apply to a range of roles such as cybersecurity, IT, and data analytics in business! It takes place on Wednesday 8th December, and is to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM, to address the shortage of skills that the UK is facing in these industries. If you’d like your child to attend this event, you can register here.

In the Know:  Exciting Back to School Activities

In the Know: Exciting Back to School Activities

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We hope you’ve had a great half-term break and are ready to get back into the new term? This week, we’ve got exciting events and activities that will help get your child back into the swing of things whilst having fun! These activities will encourage your child to explore their creative side, develop their imagination and boost their communication skills. If you’d like to find out more, read on!

 

Sign up for the GT Scholars Online November Careers Summit!
There’s only one week to go until our online Careers Summit! Don’t let your child miss out on a great opportunity to meet with and learn about careers and apprenticeships from professionals from a range of universities and corporate organisations such as PWC, Oxford University, BT, JP Morgan, EY, BRIT Insurance, and Blackrock bank! Our keynote speaker will be Lord Michael Hastings CBE. If you’d like your child to attend our summit on Saturday, 6th November, they can register here!

Learn to write an adventure story with Author Iryna Skibenko!
Is your child an explorer? Do they love adventure? Then they’ll love this Adventure Story Writing Session! This event will help your child learn how to structure an adventure story with prompts for writing the beginning, middle part, and the end. They’ll also learn about phrases to express a sequence of actions. The free session is open to young people aged 8 and up and takes place on Sunday, 31st October. To book your session, click here

Join an Online Lego Club!
Bean Learning is hosting a free, online Lego club for young people aged 5 and up! In this fun and engaging session, your child will have the opportunity to play, build and talk about Lego whilst sharing their creations and inspirations with each other. This session will also allow them to explore their imagination and creativity, design and engineering, and their social, emotional, and communication skills! They can join on Tuesday, 2nd November by booking here!

In the Know:  Fun Half-Term Activities

In the Know: Fun Half-Term Activities

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Happy half-term break! We hope you had a great term, and are ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the well-deserved break? If you’re wondering how to keep your kids entertained, and at the same time ensure that they’re learning and being stimulated, then look no further! This week, we’ve got exciting events and activities that will help keep them engaged whilst having fun! Read on if you’d like to find out more!

 

Sign up for the GT Scholars Online November Careers Summit!

Our online Careers Summit is taking place on Saturday, 6th November and is free for young people aged 13-18 and their parents to attend. It’s a great opportunity where your child will get to meet with and learn about careers and apprenticeships from professionals from a range of universities and corporate organisations such as PWC, Oxford University, BT, JP Morgan, EY, BRIT Insurance and Blackrock bank! This year’s online Careers summit is sponsored by BRIT Insurance and our keynote speaker will be Lord Michael Hastings CBE. If you’d like your child to attend, they can register here!

Discover how to make your own movies with VRAcademi.com
In this free demo class, your child will learn to integrate art and technology to make movies. They’ll also get to develop the fundamentals of art and visual storytelling, learn to create a mindful state to share their stories using Virtual Reality, and build knowledge of editing videos and making their creative stories! Young people aged 13-18 can join on Wednesday, 27th October by clicking here!

Learn more about the Earth!
Join the STEM Ambassador Hub on this free, exciting Earth observation mission. The event gives your child the opportunity to view our beautiful planet from space and visit the orbiting satellites that are helping us combat climate change! This interactive event is for primary school students and their families and takes place on Friday, 29th October. If you’d like your child to join, sign up here!

Explore different ways to create comic art!
Brent Culture Service is hosting a free, online comic art workshop for young people aged 7-11. In this workshop, your child will learn secret tricks used by professionals to boost their creative confidence and design an amazing, eye-popping comic front page! The workshop takes place on Friday, 29th October. If this sounds like something your child will enjoy, then you register here

In the Know:  Boost your writing skills this Autumn

In the Know: Boost your writing skills this Autumn

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With the cold and rainy weather coming up, we’re sure to spend more time indoors! So it’s a great time to encourage your child to develop their writing skills! This is an essential skill that’ll equip them with communication and thinking skills, allowing them to express themselves. Writing can also be a lot of fun! If this is a skill you’d like your child to develop, read on to find out more about what we’ve got lined up!

Explore your strengths as a writer!
The Happy Place Project is hosting a free, online creative writing workshop for teens aged 16 and up! This workshop is designed to help your child explore their strengths, resources, and hopes. They’ll have the opportunity to find out more about what they love and use this to write their manifesto. The workshop takes place on Tuesday 26th October, and you can sign up here

Write your own character!
Writing interesting characters is one of the many, free online courses offered by the National Centre for Writing. This course is open to young people aged 13-17 and allows them to learn all about what makes characters interesting and realistic. By the end of the course, you’ll have created a character profile that you can use in your own stories! To register for this course, click here

Take up a fun writing course!
Young Writer’s Blueprint is a free, online course for young people aged 6-10. In this fun course, your child will learn to gather ideas, create characters and settings, write short stories and also learn some basic editing skills. This course also offers downloadable videos and worksheets so they can complete them in their own time. If you like to book your place, click here