About our programmes

Each term is approximately 12-14 weeks long. The first term is from September to November, the second term is from December to March and the third term is from April to July.


GT stands for gifted and talented. We believe that every young person is gifted and talented and our courses, workshop and programmes aim to help young people appreciate their individual gifts and talents.


The GT Scholars programme is open to any young person living in a London borough.


It depends on the programme. But there are typically 12-30 hours of support in each term, depending on the programme content eg. mentoring, tutoring and/or enrichment and skill building sessions.


We currently support young people between the ages of 11 and 16. This means you’ll need to be in Year 7 to Year 11 when you join GT Scholars. If you’re not in this age bracket, you’re still welcome to attend some of our courses, workshops and events.


Tutoring sessions are run one-to-one online. You can arrange your sessions with your tutor to take place in the evenings or at the weekend. Mentoring sessions can also be arranged at a convenient time and location, provided a parent is present. Enrichment and Skill-building days usually take place in Central London at weekends or during the half-term holidays.


You’ll need to register your interest by filling in the online form. Following this, we’ll send you a link to the application form and invite you to an information session that is local to you or an information session London. Our intake dates are in September, December and April. We recommend that you complete the application form at least three weeks before the start of term.


Scholars are selected based on their willingness to improve their grades and their desire to improve their academic and career prospects.


Parents and Carers

We are able to accept scholars in inner and outer London boroughs. The one-to-one tutoring sessions take place online so you do not have to travel to meet your tutor. However, you may need to meet your mentor in a more central location and you must be able to attend enrichment and skill-building sessions in central London.


Unfortunately, we are unable to offer more than one subject tutor per student because we have a limited number of tutors and we want to support as many pupils as possible. Eg. If a student has 3 tutors assigned we will not be able to assist 2 more students from low-income homes that could sign up for the programme.


Unfortunately, we don’t offer trial tutoring or mentoring sessions. All our tutors and mentors are dedicated to supporting our scholars for a minimum of one term. If you find that the match is unsuitable, we provide an alternative tutor or mentor match. If you’d like to get a feel for the programme, you’re more than welcome to join us at some of our enrichment days or information sessions to find out more about the programme and meet some of our volunteers and former scholars. Please register your interest and we will let you know about upcoming events and sessions.


Some scholars start on the programme from age 11 and others join us at age 15. There is a different focus for each year group. You may choose to stay on the programme for as long as is needed. For some young people that means staying on the programme for three or more years. For others, this may mean joining the programme for just a year.


We are a not-for-profit social enterprise and our goal is to ensure that young people from low income homes can access the same opportunities as young people from higher income homes. We therefore charge means-tested fees for our programmes and use profits to provide our programme free of charge to young people from the lowest income bands. Fees are only reduced for young people with household income under £60,000. If you have applied for a bursary, you will need to show evidence to support your application.


Fee quotes will be provided upon application. The application form can be filled out here. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we are able to set our programme fees so that they are affordable to all parents, particularly if you are from a lower-income household (total income under £60,000 per year). Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this.


Events

There are two types of tickets. The initial tickets are pre-released to young people on our programmes. If you are not on a programme, then you can add yourself to the waiting list where tickets are released in phases. Please note that there are a limited number of tickets to each workshop. If you’d like more than one ticket to be released to you, then add yourself multiple times to the waiting list eg. for two tickets, please add yourself to the waiting list twice.


The first set of tickets are released to programme programmes ie. parents that have pre-booked their tickets via one of our programmes. After this, all tickets will be released in phases to parents on the waiting list who are not registered on any of our programmes. Preference will be given to young people who’ve completed the pre-attendance questionnaire and have not recently attended any of our workshops. Where possible we try to ensure that young people who missed out on previous events are prioritised for future events.


It is not always possible to release tickets to everyone on our waiting list. If you are unable to secure a ticket to one of our workshops, please note that there we run many enrichment workshops throughout the year which you can sign up to. Alternatively, you may choose to sign up for a programme where you can pre-book your attendance to a series of workshops. There are also many enrichment workshops taking place around London throughout the year and you can find out about them through our weekly newsletter for parents called ‘In the know’. You can follow this link to sign up!


Our workshops are usually limited to approximately 30 attendees. This is mostly due to the size of venues but also to ensure the event staff and attendee ratio is balanced for a high-quality experience. For the time being our workshops will remain at this capacity and we will continue to run a few larger events where we can meet with 60-90 young people along with their parents. We are a small but growing charity and we hope to increase our capacity and run more workshops in the future.


Final attendee numbers are confirmed 48hrs before the event so that we can prepare and make the final lunch arrangements if necessary. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to allow you to attend the workshop if you don’t have a printed or electronic ticket to present.


By signing up for a programme, you will be able to secure tickets to a series of workshops. If you’re already signed up to one of our programmes, please ensure that you book your ticket at least 3 working days before each event using the promotional discount code that will be emailed to you.

If you’re not part of the programme but would like guaranteed access to our workshops you can register your interest here and one of our team members will get in touch with more information.


Yes. All our volunteers and workshop facilitators have a valid Enhanced DBS certificate and adhere to our safeguarding policies and procedures.


We have different types of workshops, some are focussed on young people and some workshops, like our very popular annual Careers Day, is open to parents and young people.


Signing up to our weekly parent newsletter, is a great way to stay up to date with upcoming GT scholars workshops and other opportunities for young people aged 11-18. Please follow this link to sign up!     


We sometimes ask for a security deposit to secure your booking. This is to reduce and prevent the number of ‘no-shows’ as this ends up being very costly. If you’ve attended an event that requires a deposit, we will refund your deposit in full after attendance. The refund will be made via the card you’ve made payment with.


It depends on the workshop or course you have signed up to. Many of our workshops and courses are free depending on the funder or sponsor. The actual cost of running a full day workshop in Central London can cost anything from about £70-£120 per day per child including lunch. However, with support from our funders and partners, we are able to host a large proportion of our workshops at a reduced fee and or entirely free of charge, please check the details on Eventbrite to see if there are any fees or deposits required for the workshop you are interested in.


All tickets need to be purchased or booked on the website or via Eventbrite prior to the event. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to allow you to attend the workshop if you don’t have a printed or electronic ticket to present.   


Once a waiting list ticket has been released, you’ll have 24 hrs to book your ticket. If the ticket released to you has expired and you were unable to book your ticket in time, please get in touch with us. We can’t guarantee that we will be able to re-release a ticket to you as someone else may have already booked that place. However, it is still worth getting in touch as we may be able to sort out another place for you.


Our free events usually require a security deposit that can be paid via the Eventbrite payment platform. Your deposit will be refunded to you after you’ve attended the event. Refunds are processed through Eventbrite and will use the same card details that you used to pay your deposit.


If you are no longer able to attend the event please cancel your booking via Eventbrite at least 72 hours before the event. We are unable to refund payments or deposits if cancellations are made within 72 hours of the event.


We know there are a lot of talented young people out there but would like to ask that you do not book a ticket for your child if he/she does not fall in the relevant age group. Our workshops and courses are designed and funded for young people up to the age of 18 and some workshops specifically state a minimum and maximum attendance age and year group. If in doubt, please feel free to get in touch.


Young people

We’re looking for young people that are ambitious! You don’t have to look, act or talk in a certain way. You just need to be willing to improve. You may not think that you are ‘ambitious’. In fact, you may think that you’re just average. However, we don’t believe in average.

The fact that you are reading this right now tells us that you’re curious enough to know if you have what it takes to be successful and for us – this is just the beginning of ambition. Come to one of our information sessions or other events to find out more…. And don’t forget to register your interest!


The information session is really just a chance for us to get to know you better and tell you more about the programme. You may also meet some of our mentors, tutors and former scholars. Your future tutor and mentor may be there and talking to you will give us a chance to know if you’ll be a good fit for the programme. The best thing that you can do to prepare for the information session, is relax and be yourself!


Volunteers

Volunteer tutors need to be available for a minimum of a term (12 weeks). Tutors volunteer for approximately 1 hour per week. Likewise, volunteer mentors need to be available to meet with their mentee approximately once a month for a minimum of a term (3 months). Mentoring sessions are usually no more than two hours long.


We’re always looking for volunteer tutors, mentors and people that can support with one-off volunteer days. There are also opportunities to support with the growth and development of our social enterprise model. Please get in touch with us if you believe you can support in any way.


Yes. Absolutely. We have a number of one-off volunteering sessions. These sessions are usually in the evenings or at weekends. Get in touch with us to find out more.


You’ll need to send us your CV and a brief cover letter. Following this, we’ll conduct a short telephone interview and to find out some more about you and see if you’re a good fit for the volunteering team. If you’re working directly with young people, we’ll need to complete reference checks and conduct a criminal record check (Enhanced DBS check) before you start volunteering, so it’s important that you are aware of this before applying.

We aim to provide as much support as possible to our volunteers. You’ll need to attend a short induction day before you start your role and throughout your time with us, you’ll receive ongoing support through the programme manager and volunteer manager. 


Schools

The GT Scholars Programme started out of a growing realisation that too many young people were missing out on support because they didn’t go to the right school, live in the right borough, have the right grades or have the right household income.

Most education charities and most schools have limited funding and are therefore only able to provide support to pupils that are deemed to be a priority. The GT Scholars programme remains open to any young person living in London. We run a number of workshops and events for parents and young people and we provide free and low cost to young people from the lowest income homes.


Yes. There are a number of ways that your students can join the after-school programme at no cost to your school. To discuss this further, please get in touch with us by filling in the contact form or sending an email to schools@gtscholars.org


Funders and sponsors

Social enterprises are quite different from traditional charities. Unlike charities, who tend to rely entirely on grants and donations, we have sustainable business model that makes a profit and then use the profits to support those that need it the most. 

GT Scholars CIC is a not-for-profit community interest company limited by guarantee number and GT Scholars Foundation is a registered charity CIO. We welcome grants and donations. However, we try not to rely on this and our main income is through charging means-tested fees.

The majority of people that join the programme are from low income homes. We currently provide 1 in 7 places free of charge to young people from low income homes and our goal is to increase this and provide 1 in 3 places free of charge by the end of 2020.

Just as we encourage young people to contribute positively to economy and society, we aim to contribute positively to the economy and we hope to reflect this value in every aspect of our business.


The GT Scholars Programme aims to give young people the strategies, skills  and support they need to achieve their aspirations. We aim to improve pupil grades, build confidence, raise aspirations and raise awareness of academic and career opportunities. We know that these  are key ingredients for every child’s success – not just in school but in life. Young people on the programme have been able to develop a growth mindset, build self-confidence and of course, improve their grades.

Please visit our impact page to find out more. 


We’re always open to discuss corporate volunteering, event sponsorship and collaboration, work experience opportunities and other joint ventures. If you have any ideas for partnership or collaboration, please fill in the online contact form and we’ll arrange a meeting to discuss this.