In the Know – Speaking up to make a difference!

In the Know – Speaking up to make a difference!

In The Know Parents

For young people to make the most out of the academic and career opportunities available to them, they will need to be able to articulate their thoughts and present their ideas well. They will also need to be able to hold their own in a room full of people and engage well with others. Here are a few activities to help your child be confident when speaking and presenting their ideas to other people!

Speak Up: Find Your Voice, Change The World!

This workshop hosted by GT Scholars is open to young people from the ages of 11 to 16. Taking place on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-4pm at Goldsmiths University, your child will get to learn valuable public speaking and presentation skills. They will also find out how to apply their skills to play an active role in their communities and ultimately make a difference in the world! Tickets cost £12.50 and you can book them here. We hope to see you there! Tickets are still available and can be booked via the Eventbrite waiting list.

Practice Makes Perfect!

The best way to improve public speaking skills is to practice and we know just the app that can help young people! VirtualSpeech VR is an app that helps you practice your speaking by creating realistic environments through the use of photos, sounds, and an audience. It even offers interactive courses to help you prepare. Download the free app for Apple or Android here and get your child started today!

Youth Connect!

We Rise is hosting a YouthConnect event on Tuesday 9th July for young people 14 years old and up. This is a great way for your child to not only continue perfecting the art of public speaking, but also other important skills such as communication, brainstorming, and teamwork. Your child will also get to interact with professionals and industry experts. The event is free and will be taking place at 3Space International House. Find out more here. We do

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

 

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An Interview with a Parent: “I’ve definitely seen a marked improvement in my child’s grades at school”

Parent Spotlight Parents What's new?

As part of the scholar spotlight series, we interviewed a parent of one of the scholars on the Bright Ambitions programme. Please watch the video clip above for the full interview. 


Hi, so I am Alfredo, Tatiana’s daddy. We live in Wandsworth and she’s a scholar on the programme.

How did you find about about GT Scholars?
So we first found out about GT Scholars through a local Croydon newspaper. We’ve got links to Croydon, we still sort of had access to those. We noticed it and we were looking, at that time, for getting some tutoring for her anyway.

And at that time we also went into the Centrale Shopping Centre in Croydon and there was some advertisement for GT Scholars there, we sort of saw leaflets and that kind of gave us a bit more information about it, so that was our first introduction to GT Scholars.

Why did you choose GT Scholars?
Well at that time we were looking for tuition and we wanted something sort of a little bit different from just the mainstream tuition you can get from anywhere, just a normal class, English or maths class.

We quite like the kind of holistic approach that we found which GT Scholars seemed to offer, particularly the fact that they offered the mentoring side of it which we felt would help with the development of her character and not just lessons and stuff.

What has your child gained from the programme?
Firstly, I think Tatiana has gained many things from the programme I believe, and she’s actually also enjoyed the process which is fundamental. With regards to her actual levels at school, her grades, those have improved. We have definitely seen a marked improvement, particularly with maths where she struggled a little, to begin with, and we’re not quite there yet, but we have definitely seen a marked improvement. So much so that she even excelled in a competition we didn’t know she had entered in. She’s in the French system and managed to get top third globally within this maths competition, so we’re really proud of her for that one.

It’s more, I would say, for the overall developmental side of it, of her character and personality. I think she’s gained from the mentoring aspect of the programme. The core skills, organisation skills, time management, that side of it, has enabled her to get a bit more focus on her studying which was perhaps lacking before. So we have found there’s been useful guidance in that respect.

Would you recommend GT Scholars to other parents? 
I would thoroughly recommend GT Scholars to any other parents who are thinking of getting into this sort of activity. I feel it gives you a little bit more than just the tuition that is found just about anywhere. The enrichment or the overall developmental side of it has been superb and I found the extracurricular activities have been useful. I didn’t feel we were just going in there for her to study. There’s been loads of other events she’s gone to which have given her a broad outlook of other things. So I would definitely recommend GT Scholars.

In the Know – Think about your mindfulness!

In the Know – Think about your mindfulness!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Mindfulness is a useful tool that young people can use to build self-confidence and stay motivated. It can also be used to maintain their emotional wellbeing, deal with stress, and help them to reach their personal goals. This week we bring you three activities to introduce mindfulness techniques to young people.

An Introduction to Mindfulness
Are you curious about what mindfulness involves and whether it is a practice that would work for your child? Join Bromley Mindfulness at their Introduction to Mindfulness workshop on Monday 25th February from 7pm to 8.30pm at Bell House in Dulwich. The workshop is designed to teach young people the practical skills that will support their personal development. Tickets are £10 with free places available. Find out more here.

Calm
Calm is a free app that offers basic mindfulness practices to people of all ages, including a week-long beginners’ series that shows you how to practice cultivating awareness and how to train your mind to bounce back when it switches into autopilot mode. Other free sessions include 7 Days of Sleep and Calming Anxiety. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Practical Mindfulness
Virgin recognised how practising mindfulness is a key tool in keeping issues such as stress, insomnia and anxiety at bay. In order to address the rising importance of mindfulness, they held an awareness week about this important topic. They provided a wealth of resources on mindfulness tools that young people can use to improve their day-to-day living. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

The True Cost of Private Tutoring, Mentoring, and Enrichment: How we are able to reduce this cost

The True Cost of Private Tutoring, Mentoring, and Enrichment: How we are able to reduce this cost

Parents What's new?

Why does tutoring, mentoring and enrichment matter? 
Research from the Education Endowment Foundation shows that private tutoring can accelerate learning by up to 5 months within a year. Mentoring and enrichment add further value as it is able to provide young people with the right strategies and tools to reach their career aspirations and personal development goals.

What are the barriers? 
However, many young people from low-income homes are not able to access these valuable services due to financial constraints. The reality is that high-quality private tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment programmes are simply not affordable. This means that young people from low-income homes are not able to achieve the same as their peers from higher-income homes. The Education Policy Institute reported that just 1 in 10 pupils from low-income homes in England were able to achieve top grades in GCSE Maths in 2018, with similar results for English.

How much does this cost?
In London, the average costs of these programmes per term are:

  • Tutoring for 12 hours x £40/hour = £480
  • Mentoring for 6 hours x £60/hour = £360
  • Enrichment for 3 days x £120/day = £360
  • Residential enrichment for 5 days x £200/day = £1,000
  • Coding workshops for 1 day = £190

This means that if you want to access a full programme of academic and mentoring support which includes private tutoring, mentoring and enrichment, it will cost you £1,200 per term! This, of course, is far too expensive for most parents.

How are we tackling this? 
GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise, so our goal is to provide high-quality private tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes that ensure that ambitious young people have the support they need to achieve their full potential in life, regardless of their background.

We do this by working with DBS checked volunteer tutors and mentors who are dedicated to helping young people to achieve their aspirations.

Our goal is to ensure that ambitious young people from all backgrounds can access our high-quality learning and development programmes and this we charge means-tested fees which range from £9-£26 per hour.

Our means-tested fee model
By using a means-tested fee model, parents from low-income homes can enrol their child in one of our programmes at a substantially reduced cost. And for parents from relatively middle-income homes, paying full fees, the cost of the programme is still considerably less than what they would pay elsewhere.

Making a difference
We’re passionate about social mobility and we know that even at a reduced cost, some parents will simply not be able to afford this due to huge financial constraints. This is why we provide a limited number of free places for young people on Free School Meals. This is all done through our existing funding from previous terms but also thanks to funding from a range of organisations who are also passionate about improving social mobility for young people from low-income homes.

The GT Scholars Programme is a not-for-profit social enterprise that tackles educational inequality and improves social mobility by helping young people aged 11-18 gain access to selective universities and competitive careers. Our tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to give young people the support, skills and strategies they need to achieve their ambitions. Contact us to find out more.

In the Know – Ace your exams!

In the Know – Ace your exams!

In The Know Parents What's new?

It’s that time of year when young people start worrying about their upcoming exams. However, studying for exams does not have to strike fear into their minds! This week we bring you three great ways that will help to get their brains into gear for exams!

Ready, Set, Go: Acing Your Exams!
GT Scholars will be hosting our popular Ready, Set, Go: Acing Your Exams! workshop that aims to help young people conquer their exams. This free workshop is suitable for young people aged 12-16 and helps them by improving study skills, time management, and mindset techniques. It also helps young people navigate the stress and demands of exams. To book your ticket, click here.

Gojimo
Have you heard of Gojimo? It’s a free app that helps young people aged 13-18 with their homework and exam revision. Not only do young people gain access to quizzes, practice questions and study tips, but they can also learn about future careers, universities, apprenticeships and so much more! To find out more about Gojimo and the subjects covered, click here.

Seneca Learning
Seneca Learning is an online platform which encourages young people to study by using humour in the form of GIFs and memes. The site’s algorithm works to identify questions that young people struggle with and uses alternative formats that help them to better understand and answer correctly. Young people can join a class or revise on their own. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Confidence is Key!

In the Know – Confidence is Key!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index report for 2018 revealed that 54% of all young people believe their lack of self-confidence holds them back. Luckily, there are many activities in which young people can build self-confidence and pursue their aspirations. This week we bring you three such activities.

Be an A-lister!
Young A-Listers is the UK’s first part-time self-empowerment drama school. Founded by Samuell Benta, the school works with young people aged 9 to 17 years old and aims to raise young people’s awareness about their personal strengths. They will also learn new skills and build their confidence. There is a free class available on Tuesday 5th February, and you can find out more here.

The Best Youth!
Featured within The Best You Expo, a two-day event exploring life-changing movements and inspirational immersion, The Best Youth is an event that gathers young people passionate about living better lives, creating a better world, and gaining greater mindfulness and confidence. This free event runs on Friday 15th February and Saturday 16th February. To find out more, click here

Develop your skills!
The Photographer’s Gallery runs an ongoing programme of talks, events and workshops for 14-24-year-olds. This programme aims to build young people’s confidence in pursuing a career in photography and design. This Saturday (2nd February) they have a workshop on book and magazine design. The workshop costs £30 and there are free bursary places available. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Innovation, Imagination and Fun!

In the Know – Innovation, Imagination and Fun!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Learning nowadays can be so much fun for young people! They are able to navigate through complex subjects and problems, all whilst enjoying the experience of innovation and teamwork. This week we bring you three skill-building activities for young people to enjoy!

Code Green!
As part of the Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf, young people can put their coding skills to the test by participating in Code Green. They will take on the challenge of turning the world green by making environmental decisions in a collaborative coding game. This free, drop-in event will be on Saturday 26th January between 10am-10pm. To find out more, click here.

Master the Masterclass!
For the first time, Tate Modern will be giving the public free access to their Saturday Masterclass. Led by Scale Rule, young people will get the chance to learn about artworks relating to graphic design, architecture and engineering. Thereafter they will work together to create their own masterpieces! The classes will be held on both Saturday 26th January and Saturday 2nd February from 12pm to 6pm. To find out more, click here.

Skill building Saturdays!
Did you know that Wellcome Collection runs free monthly workshops for young people aged 14-19? Their Saturday Studio events give young people a chance to learn about animation, photography and digital journalism in a practical setting. These studios are led by creative experts and help young people use their creativity and imagination to develop new skills. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Create and collaborate!

In the Know – Create and collaborate!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Did you know that LinkedIn has identified creativity and collaboration as two of the most sought-after soft skills by companies? Young people can benefit from learning these skills from a young age, so this week we bring you three activities which are centred around creativity, collaboration and careers!

Get Creative!
The Design Museum runs the Young Creatives programme for young people aged 14-19 years old. They have monthly meetings where young people work together as a team on design-based projects. They will get to take part in 2D and 3D design, join in workshops with designers and members of the museum team, and gain career insights. To find out more about how you can join, click here.

Learn about Careers!
Kidzania’s career fair will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd January and Thursday 24th January. Young people aged between 10 and 14 can participate in a series of workshops which encourage them to work as a team and develop their communication and problem-solving skills. They get to do all this whilst learning about different careers! Find out more here.

Vlog like a pro!
Young people have the chance to participate in MediaTrust’s Vlogging training on Monday 28th January. This free workshop, taking place at Google Academy London, is suitable for young people aged 16 and above. Lessons for the day include video editing, presentation skills and confidence building. Book your tickets here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – New Year, New Hobbies!

In the Know – New Year, New Hobbies!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Happy New Year! A new year is a great time to start taking up new hobbies or exploring new interests. You never know where they may lead, it just might be the first step to something bigger! This week we bring you three activities for young people to enjoy.

Be an Entrepreneur!
Ultra education provides weekly entrepreneur clubs at The Granville for young people aged 7-18 years old. This free event teaches young people entrepreneurship whilst building their confidence, communication skills and financial literacy. It’s an excellent step for young people to learn about how to do what they love and get paid for it. To find out more, click here.

For the Science Fans
The EasyCodingClub has a fun Lego Robotics Coding and STEM workshop every week at various locations around London. This free workshop is suitable for young people aged 6-12 years old and is designed to nurture young minds to develop an interest in coding and building robots. They will be able to learn key science and engineering practices and apply maths in a fun engaging way. To find out more, click here.

Be Creative with Manga
The V&A is hosting a Create! Manga workshop for 13-15-year olds on Saturday 26th January. Young people will be able to gather inspiration from the V&A’s Japan gallery and get to create their very own Manga characters. Tickets to this workshop cost £20 and you will need to book in advance to secure a place. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In The Know – Could Your Child be the next Jamie Oliver?

In The Know – Could Your Child be the next Jamie Oliver?

In The Know Parents What's new? Young people

There’s always time during the holidays to pick up new skills! Our newsletter this week takes a look at some exciting training workshops for young people. Who knows? They might even pick up a new hobby or even contemplate a future career! Here are three workshops to keep young people energized and learning!

Want to be the next Jamie Oliver?
Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School in Shepherd’s Bush is offering a range of courses which will enable you to cook up a storm! If you book a spot on the cooking course, an accompanying child does not have to pay. It is a great way to spend time with your child/ward and learn some great new skills. Courses available include pasta making, bread making, pizza for pros and even becoming a sushi master! Space is limited so book now!

Vlog like a pro
Media Trust together with Google Academy bring you YouTube Vlogging training for 16-25 year olds in London. This free one day workshop will give you the chance to improve your media skills and learn how to shoot, edit and publish your own inspiring vlogs using only your mobile phone. Also, by participating in the workshop, you will have the opportunity to enter your best vlogs into the Vlogstar Challenge! Places are limited so book your spot here.

Interested in computers?
STEMettes in partnership with Rise London are hosting the Stemettes Rise Hack. A hackathon is not what you think it is. Girls will not be learning how to break into stuff but instead learning how to create amazing things using computers and technology. This free event is open to girls aged 5-22 and no previous coding experience is required. If you do have coding experience, there will be experts on hard to teach you how to create more complex apps. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.