In The Know: Connect, Discover, Create!

In The Know: Connect, Discover, Create!

In The Know Parents What's new?

This week we’d like to move the focus to the importance of early career engagement. With the current lockdown situation, many schools have had to cancel their careers day, which has left plenty of parents and young people missing out on valuable career information and opportunities to explore different career paths. This is why we’ve put together some incredible opportunities to get your child started on finding the right career! Read on to find out more information about exciting opportunities that will help guide your child to a successful future.

Don’t miss out on the Online Careers Day!
The GT Scholars Careers Day has grown in popularity over the past few years and this year, we’re moving online! This will allow more young people and parents the opportunity to gain support from industry professionals working with companies such as PWC, Goldman Sachs, E-ON, and Atkins Global. The event takes place online on 27th February 2021 and we’ll be announcing more speakers and workshops soon! It’s free for young people and their parents, and tickets must be booked in advance. To book your ticket, click here!

Download the 42 Top Apprenticeships list!
With this informative guide, your child will be able to start planning and prepping for their future. We have put together a free list of 42 top apprenticeship programmes for your child.  The apprenticeships include career fields in Finance, Engineering, Marketing and Software development, including opportunities from companies such as KPMG, PWC, Ernst & Young, and Siemens. All the apprenticeships are for UK residents only. To start your search, download your free copy of 42 Top Apprenticeships here!

Find your Child’s Strengths
The National Career Service has put together a free quiz to help you gain a basic understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, along with your major skills. This free quiz will help you identify your interests, motivations and preferences. Knowing where your strengths and weaknesses lie allows your child to make the right decision concerning their future career path. There are options for a short and long quiz. To help your child dive deeper into learning more about their strengths, take this quiz here.

In The Know: Online Careers Day – free career support for young people!

In The Know: Online Careers Day – free career support for young people!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The new term is in full swing and as young people continue to learn from home, I wanted to share some unique opportunities to support your child during the lockdown. They include an Online Careers Day, a drama workshop as well as an art competition. Read on to find out more about these exciting online opportunities that you can share with your child.

Free Online Careers Day – Saturday 27th Feb 2021
Our Annual Careers Day is back! And this time we’re moving it online! This is one of our most popular events for the year. The Online Career Day is the perfect opportunity for your child to learn from university admissions professionals, HR professionals and industry experts and learn how to choose a career path best suited for them. The free event takes place on Saturday 27th February 2021, and is open to ambitious young people aged 13-18 and their parents. The experts will be speaking on a range of topics, including apprenticeships, university degrees, scholarships, creative career routes, entrepreneurship and much more! All the workshops will be announced soon! For now, you can learn more about our panel of speakers and grab an early-bird ticket by registering here!

Get Lit this January!
Get Lit – Words Ignite will be hosting a ‘Get Lit’ Saturday Class for teenagers. During this online event, your child will learn writing techniques, performance training and confidence building. The free event is for young people aged 13-19. It will take place on the 23rd of January 2021. Book your ticket for one of 2021’s unmissable events.

Make Space for Art!
The Space Foundation is hosting a creative arts competition. Your child has the chance to join them in their 10th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. This free competition is for students between the ages of 3-18. The contest has already begun, and entries close on February 1st 2021 at 12am. You can register your child for the Space Foundation contest here.

In The Know: Great virtual opportunities to kick off 2021!

In The Know: Great virtual opportunities to kick off 2021!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new term, and with the recent school closures and yet another lockdown, we’re hoping we can provide as much support as possible to parents and their children when it comes to learning from home. This week, I’d like to share a few online opportunities with you that can help your child get online tutoring support, as well as fun educational activities that you can engage with during lockdown.

Bright Ambitions – Deadline extended!
With the recent news of school closures, we want to allow more parents to apply to the Bright Ambitions online tutoring programme. The programme includes 12 hours of online tutoring, 6 hours of online mentoring, and 2 new online courses, as well as access to our library of online courses. By joining this programme, your child can improve their grades and develop new skills. Young people aged 13-16 living in England are welcome to apply. Applications will close on Friday 15th of January 2021, so please register your interest before then.

Learn about the new world of AI!
Crash Course offers an online Artificial Intelligence course for young people aged 13 and up. The course includes high-quality free videos that will teach your child about the world of AI. The course content is very entertaining and designed to relate to young people, allowing them to work through the course material at their own pace. For more information, click here.

Join Teen Trivia Tuesday!
Sedgwick Library is hosting an online trivia night for young people aged 13-18. This event will allow your child to brush up on their general knowledge and have some fun competing with young people around the world in a safe online environment. Teen Trivia Tuesday will take place on Tuesday, 26th of January from 8pm to 8:45pm on Google Meet. You can register your attendance here. 

 

In The Know: Christmas is nearly here!

In The Know: Christmas is nearly here!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The Christmas break is here, and we hope that you’re looking forward to spending some quality time with your family! To help you kick off your festive season, we’ve included some fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! With the new year and term not too far away, I also want to remind you that applications to enrol in our online tutoring programme, Bright Ambitions, will close today. Please read on for more information.

Bright Ambitions – Applications close Today!
Be sure not to miss out on this amazing opportunity that will help your child improve their grades. The new term of the Bright Ambitions Programme runs from January to March, and is open to young people aged 13-16, and includes a combination of 12 hours of online tutoring, 6 hours of online mentoring, 2 new online leadership courses as well as unlimited access to our online learning & mentorship hub. Applications close today, 18th December 2020. If you would still like your child to join the programme, please follow this link to register your interest.

Get Crafty This Christmas!
Want to start the holiday break with a fun family activity? Why not join this holiday-themed arts and crafts workshop by Prep Academy. The workshop is free to join, and during the session, you will learn how to make classic Christmas decorations and special hand-made gifts for your family and loved ones to enjoy. The workshop takes place on Saturday 19 December 2020 at 7 pm, and you can get your tickets here.

Join an Online Family Cook-a-long!
This Christmas Cygnini Crafts has created a foodie treat cook-along for young people of all ages to nurture their inner chef and get their innovative minds working during the festive season! In the sessions, your child will learn how to make sweet treats that can be given as a thoughtful gift, or for just having around as a sweet treat for the whole family to enjoy! The sessions cost £6 and will be held on Monday 21 December 2020. To book your spot, click here.

Christmas & New Year Office Closure
Just a reminder that today is our last day at the office and we will be closed from Monday 21st December to Friday 1st January and our first day back at the office will be on Monday 4th January 2021. If you would like to get in touch with us before we close, please email us or give us a quick call.

Social mobility charities that can help young people reach their aspirations

Social mobility charities that can help young people reach their aspirations

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GT Scholars was set up to give young people the support, skills and strategies they need to achieve their aspirations. Our courses, workshops and programmes have helped hundreds of young people aged 11-18 achieve better grades at school, get into top universities, access top tier apprenticeships and reach their academic and career aspirations.

In addition to the work we do with young people, we offer bursaries to young people from lower income homes. This is fuelled by our passion and belief that every young person deserves a chance and choice to succeed in life, regardless of their background. Every year, we seek to offer bursaries to as many people as possible. However, the number of free places we provide in each term is based on our earnings. This means that we are only able to give a very limited number of free places each year. Thankfully, there are many other organisations working hard to support some of the young people that need it most.

In this blog, we discuss various organisations that provide support to young people aged 11-18 from low income homes.

The National Tutoring Programme is a £350 Million government funded programme which schools are using to provide free one to one and small group tutoring to young people. It was set up as a response to the 2020 pandemic and has been designed to help thousands of young people in England to ensure that they can catch up on learning that was missed during the lockdown and school closure period. Many schools have signed up to this and you may be able to access free tutoring through this programme.

IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. At each local centre, IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration. Their programme provides children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds academic support, FOCUS activities, and mentoring.

The Access Project works with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition, to help them gain access to top universities. Their programme comprises both tutoring and mentoring as the combination of these interventions maximises their students’ likelihood of going to a top university. They also organise visits to top universities and run a Law Society, a Medicine and Dentistry Society and an Oxbridge Society.

The Brilliant Club is a university access charity that works with schools and universities across the UK. The organisation aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools through programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips.

Coach Bright: This is an organisation that provides tutoring and mentoring to young people aged 10-30 from low-income backgrounds. They work with volunteer coaches who support young people through their coaching programmes and academic programmes. Their mission is to improve social mobility for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and they have helped thousands of young people to achieve this goals.

Action Tutoring is a national charity that provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to young people from low income disadvantaged backgrounds. It is also one of the largest tutoring organisations providing free tutoring to young people in England. They work with schools across the country, providing schools with access to volunteer graduates and professionals who volunteer 1-2 hours every week to help young people improve their grades.

Team Up is a social venture charity that runs a voluntary leadership programme. They use tuition, delivered by inspirational role models, to enable pupils from low-income backgrounds to meaningfully increase their academic attainment, in order to improve the choices open to them. They also work with schools, universities and employers in order to increase social mobility in the UK.

Tutors United is a non-profit organisation that trains current university students and hires them to tutor English and Maths. They specialise in providing affordable private tutoring to the children and families who need it most, operating multiple tutoring services at various sites across the UK with plans to expand further. They are committed to tackling educational inequality and always recruit the very best undergraduates to tutor the pupils who need it most.

SEO London has three programmes that prepare talented students from ethnic minority or low socioeconomic backgrounds for career success. Their SEO Schools programme helps high-achieving students in Years 11-13 to broaden their horizons through access to academic, professional and enrichment opportunities. They organise events such as insight days and work experience placements with their world-class sponsor firms, comprehensive skills sessions to develop your commercial awareness and technical skills, bespoke open days at the UK’s top universities, and mentoring from experienced SEO alumni and industry professionals.

TalentEd is a charity that offers high-ability young people a year-long programme of weekly small group sessions. They believe that every young person should have the support, skills and aspirations to realise their potential. Their programmes are tailored to the needs of the individual by expert teachers. Their partner schools identify the needs of their cohort and choose a programme theme. TalentEd tutors then provide individual support to their small group of students, tailoring sessions to help them reach their potential.

UpReach is a charity that helps disadvantaged students from across the UK to realise their potential. They provide a highly personalised programme of support to students who they call UpReach Associates. They partner with employers and universities, and offer access to a comprehensive range of opportunities and activities to broaden their associate’s horizons, understand career pathways and develop the skills, networks and experiences needed for career success.

Sutton Trust is a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy. From early years’ through school, college and university to the workplace, they work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. Their programmes, working in partnership with top universities and industry professionals, are designed to support students to make informed decisions about their next steps and leave young people feeling inspired.

Hackney Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people so that they achieve both in school and in the world beyond. They believe that providing support outside of school can really help young people to do better in the classroom, while also developing broader skills. They work together with local schools, families and volunteers to deliver unique real-world learning projects in their own unconventional learning environment, the Ship of Adventures.

GT Scholars: We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes are open to all young people regardless of their background, school or income. Our tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes give young people aged 11-18, the strategies, skills and support that they need to achieve their aspirations in life. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know : Get a head start in 2021 with Bright Ambitions!

In the Know : Get a head start in 2021 with Bright Ambitions!

In The Know Parents What's new?

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The Christmas break is almost here! As we look forward to a new year with new opportunities we would like to share a few online programmes and events with you. These opportunities will help give your child a head start going into 2021 and help them gain confidence in school and their personal lives. Read on to find out more.

Bright Ambitions – Don’t miss the deadline!
This online tutoring programme is for talented young people aged 14-16 living in England. The programme runs from January to March and includes a combination of 12 hours of online tutoring, 6 hours of online mentoring, and two new online courses. The programme aims to improve your child’s grades, build their confidence, raise their aspirations, and equip them with the skills and strategies needed to succeed at school and beyond. Applications close Friday 18th December, and there is still time for you to register your interest.

Learn more about Girls4engineering
Renishaw Outreach education is hosting a live virtual event on Wednesday 16 December 2020, to give young girls aged 16 and up, the opportunity to find out more about a career in Engineering. The one-hour session will include live talks from women engineers covering a range of topics affecting young girls wanting to get into Engineering and an interactive live Q & A session. The event is free to attend, and you can book your ticket here.

Manage your Digital Reputation!
Most young people make their first impressions online. Digilearning will take young people 13 and up through six great tips on how to manage their digital reputation. In this session, your child will learn how to manage their tagged photos, blog posts, and social networking interactions, and learn how they are perceived by others online and offline. It’s free to attend and takes place on Monday 14 December 2020. To book your tickets, click here.

 

 

In the Know : Learn strategies to help your child succeed!

In the Know : Learn strategies to help your child succeed!

In The Know Parents What's new?

How are you? I hope well?

It’s almost surreal that we are already in December! This month we’ll be hosting a free parent webinar where you can learn key strategies to help your child succeed in school and beyond, and you can also learn more about the GT Scholars Bright Ambitions programme, which is currently accepting applications. Read on to find out more about opportunities that will help you and your child get ready and geared up for 2021.

Sign up for this Free Parent Webinar!
This Expert-led Webinar will go live next Thursday 10th December at 4 pm. In this webinar, you will be equipped with strategies to help your teen stay motivated and focused, and learn how to help your teen develop a growth mindset. This will also be an excellent opportunity for you to find out more about the Bright Ambitions programme if you’re considering enrolling your child in this online tutoring programme. You can register your attendance for this information-packed webinar here.

Bright Ambitions Programme: Application deadline extended!
There are only two weeks to go until applications close for our Bright Ambitions Programme. If your child is between the ages of 13-16 and is looking for an opportunity to increase their grades by an average of 2-points and gain valuable leadership skills, then this programme could be perfect for them! The programme is open to young people across England, and offers tutoring, mentoring and online courses. If you’re ready to take the first step, register your interest.

Discover how the brain really works!
Bright Minds is hosting online sessions, where each lesson explores a different area of the brain and its associated themes. The sessions have a mixture of games, fun activities, guided mindfulness practice and valuable tools that they can use at home. It’s open to young people aged 9-12 and costs £8. The next session takes place on Saturday 5 December 2020, and you can book here.

In The Know: Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications are now open!

In The Know: Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications are now open!

In The Know Parents What's new?

How are you? I hope well? It’s hard to believe that this week is almost at its end and that December is only a few days away! With this week’s newsletter, I’d like to share a few opportunities with you that focus on helping young people reach their academic goals, teaching them about careers and giving them an opportunity to develop their creative thinking skills. Read on to find out more.

Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications are now open!
If your child is between the ages of 13-16, and would like to get excellent grades at school, improve their leadership skills, and get into top-tier universities or apprenticeships, then you should look into the Bright Ambitions Programme by GT Scholars. This programme will give your child access to 1-to-1 online tutoring and mentoring sessions, and access to great online courses! Please note that applications will close on Monday 14th December, so be sure to register your interest early by clicking here.

Visit the Virtual Future Heroes Expo!
The 2020 Virtual Future Heroes career expo, will display a wide range of different career options available within the health and social care sectors. Through a week-long series of webinars, this expo aims to help young people bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing, and what they could potentially do as a career. The event is free to join and will take place on Monday 7th December 2020. Young people aged 13 and up can ask their school to register for the event here.

Become Creative with Digital Superpower
In this free workshop, young people will learn how to get creative and use the creativity within their minds. This workshop is interactive and engaging, building healthy foundations from which students can further develop their creative skills. The workshop will create a lively and fun atmosphere in which to learn through activities, participation, and discussion. It’s open to young people from the age of 13. To register your attendance, click here.

In The Know : Get a head start on your child’s future!

In The Know : Get a head start on your child’s future!

In The Know Parents What's new?

We’re halfway through the first term, and I hope your term has been off to a great start so far? This week we’d like to share a few great opportunities with you that will help your child develop new skills, improve their grades, and prepare them for the future. Read on to find out more about these opportunities, including two great programmes by GT Scholars!

Join the Global Teenprenuer Q&A session!
Global Teenpreneur is a new programme from GT Scholars. This is a new online digital and entrepreneurship programme for business-savvy teens aged 13-17. If you would like to know more about the programme, you can join the Q&A session on Saturday 14th November from 3-4 pm. To join click here.

Applications open once again! – Bright Ambitions Programme
The Bright Ambitions Online Tutoring programme by GT Scholars is back for another term, and applications will open soon! The programme is for young people aged between 13-16, and offers 10 one-to-one online tutoring in Maths or English, 3 online mentoring sessions, and 3 online skill-building and enrichment workshops. To register your interest click here.

Make Your Mark!
Young people aged 11-18 across the UK can have their say and begin their democratic journey by voting on the policies they want to introduce or change. The most voted for issues will be debated by Members of Youth Parliament who will then campaign to influence the UK Parliament ensuring that the views of young people are heard. You have until 30 November 2020 to cast your vote.

Build Our Futures – Children & Young People’s Virtual Summit
The summit is dedicated to celebrating young people where they can share their thoughts and ideas on the local issues that affect them. This will help inform and develop services that affect young people with this year raising bigger issues than ever before. The online event will take place on Saturday 28 November 2020 and is open to young people aged 8-18. To attend the summit click here.

In The Know: Exciting STEM activities for Young People

In The Know: Exciting STEM activities for Young People

In The Know Parents What's new?

We hope you had a good half-term break, and that you are ready and powered up to take on the new term! This week we have lined up 3 exciting activities for young people who are thinking about a career in STEM. These activities are fun, engaging, and stimulating and will get their innovative minds flowing. Read on to find out more.

#Day of Code
GT Scholars is hosting a free 2-day online workshop that will introduce young people, aged 11-16, to the world of coding. This event is made possible by the Meet and Code 2020 initiative, sponsored by SAP. Each young person will have the opportunity to design and develop their own mobile app! No previous experience is required as each young person will receive support from our facilitators and volunteers. The online workshop will run over 2 Saturdays, 14th and 21st November 2020, with the second day being a continuation of the first. You can book your tickets here.

Saturday STEM Spectacular
This online event will showcase many exciting STEM-based activities for the whole family. There will be 5 exciting sessions which include, an amazing lab tour that takes in plastic waste, exploration of the human body, and some experiments linked to diving and airplanes. The session also includes a panel discussion where they will look at what we can learn from the natural world. The event will take place Saturday 21st November and is free to attend. To register click here.

Festival of Geology: The Discovery Room
The Geologists Association is hosting a Virtual Festival on Saturday 7 November 2020. You will be able to virtually explore museums, attend a virtual field trip or tour, discover shops, and geology groups. There are also many exciting geology-themed activities for young people to try out. This year’s exciting Discovery Room will include a fascinating mix of Rockwatch activities, live Earth science-themed workshops, downloads, and more! It’s a family-friendly event that’s free to attend. You can book your ticket here