In the Know – Spring STEM activities!

In the Know – Spring STEM activities!

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With the season of Spring officially beginning, we are sure that your child is eager to put their winter jackets away and step into the warm sunshine (when it does eventually return). While they wait for the sun to show up, here are some upcoming events and fun activities for them to learn more about the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Imperial Festival 2018
The annual Imperial Festival returns on the 28th-29th April at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. This free event is open to all ages and offers a showcase of technological marvels to celebrate the Year of Engineering, a hands-on zone for families, and talks from world-leading thinkers and innovators. There will also be a chance to go behind-the-scenes and explore the latest research and innovations from Imperial College London through interactive demonstrations, workshops and live experiments. Find out more here.

Young Astronomers Workshop
The Planetarium & Astronomy Centre of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich offers free weekend workshops for young aspiring astronomers. Running from the 1st of April to the 30th of June, these workshops will allow your child to learn about space science and exploration, and also learn more about careers in astronomy from the team of Observatory Explainers. Find out more here.

The Deep Time Walk
The Deep Time Walk is a ground-breaking new project, which enables anyone, anywhere to experience a walking audio history of the living Earth. As you walk across 4.6km of deep time (representing 4.6bn years of Earth’s big history), you witness the formation of our planet and its self-sustaining nature and you experience long geological processes and self-regulating patterns that have produced our current conditions. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. You can also find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – STEM opportunities in 2018!

In the Know – STEM opportunities in 2018!

In The Know Parents What's new?

There are many people who have an aptitude for working in science, technology, engineering and maths disciplines, and are naturally drawn to jobs in these fields. If your child is interested in working in a STEM field, here are some great work experience opportunities to allow them to explore their options, discover their strengths, and get a firsthand look into their chosen field.

Leonardo Work Experience Programmes
Leonardo is one of the biggest suppliers of equipment to the UK defence sector. Their engineering work experience programmes offer a range of activities for students and an invaluable insight into the varied career options that can be explored from studying STEM-related subjects. In their week-long programme, they want to challenge perceptions about the working environment, demonstrate how working as a team to meet a challenge can be fun, and help young people discover their potential. Applications for 2018 are currently open and you can find out more here.

Generating Genius – Junior Genius
Junior Genius is a range of activities for students with a passion for STEM. The programme will help your child to learn more about the subjects they love and how STEM applies to real-world situations, and it includes support with your child’s school learning with subject-specific activities designed to help them excel in their GCSE’s. There are also opportunities to visit universities and businesses so that your child can find out more about what a future in STEM could offer them. Applications are open now and you can find out more here.

Bentley Work Experience
For over 90 years, Bentley has created some of the most luxurious and powerful cars in the world. They offer a work experience programme to give 14-19-year old students a taste of what it’s like to work at Bentley. If your child is unsure about what sort of career they want, their inclusive programme is a great way to get a snapshot of what your child might do in their Engineering, Manufacturing and Commercial departments. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. Registration for the January programme is now open. You can register online by following this link.

Ways you or a tutor can help your child excel without being pushy

Ways you or a tutor can help your child excel without being pushy

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As parents, carers and teachers, we all know and understand that children have different mindsets, learning abilities and motivation levels which we need to consider and support when it comes to education. It is very important that we do this without demanding too much of them. Nowadays it is thought that 5 good GCSE’s are required to give your child access to a good university, and providing your child an edge is considered by many as the answer.

Most parents will admit that they have been pushy at some point or another. Some might confess that despite their best efforts they’ve seen no change in their child’s behaviour or attitude towards a certain matter.  Being pushy generally leads to negative attitudes, rebellion and puts the child under enormous pressure and lowers self-esteem. Demanding extra hours of study when a child is tired or pushing for extra study time over weekends are both examples of being over demanding. Another example is insisting that homework is done on a Friday afternoon, especially after your child had a long and challenging week at school.  A rested brain will be able to take in more information, whereas an over-tired brain will not be able to take in any more information due to information overload.

Parenting does not come with a textbook, especially considering no two children are ever the same. Parents must often rely on trial and error to establish which methods are the most effective when it comes to communicating effectively with their children.  

We have a few ideas that you might want to consider if you would like to give your child a bit of extra motivation to excel in whatever they take on.

 

Knowing your child’s intelligence:
Dr Howard Gardner, a professor of education at Harvard University, developed a theory called ‘Multiple Intelligence”.  His theory suggests that there are 9 different types of intelligence that accounts for a broader range of human potential.  Perhaps knowing your child’s type of intelligence will help you distinguish from which angle to approach your child. According to his theory, the intelligence categories are:

  • Verbal-linguistic intelligence – someone who has good verbal skills
  • Logical-mathematical intelligence – someone who can think abstractly and conceptually
  • Spatial-visual intelligence – someone who can think in images and visualise accurately
  • Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence  – someone who can control their body movements
  • Musical intelligence – someone who can compose and produce rhythm, pitch and timber
  • Interpersonal intelligence – someone who detects and responds appropriately to the moods of others
  • Intrapersonal – someone who is self-aware and who is connected with their inner feelings
  • Naturalist intelligence – someone who is able to recognize objects in nature and categorize them
  • Existential intelligence – someone who takes on deep questions about the existence of mankind.

Become more involved
In order to excel, a support system is needed.  The first person in line is you as a parent. Set aside a time each day or week and talk to your child about what tests or exams are coming up and if there are any subjects they feel they will need to pay extra attention to. Support homework and exams by drawing up tests or asking questions.  Try to be more involved with projects and functions. Provide the items necessary to get the homework done.  Your role is to provide support and guidance. Teach, coach, mentor! Stay away from telling them what to do.  Instead,  allow your child to show and explain what needs to be done, with you acknowledging and or making suggestions for improvement.

The importance of reading
Reading is the key to lifelong learning. A love for reading should be introduced to your child from a young age. Reading can be a fun activity. Do research on books that match your child’s interest and suggest them to your child. Another great method is to also read the book and make it a topic of conversation and express your opinions on characters and happenings in the book. Allow your child to suggest a  couple of books as well. This way you also set a good example and showing your child that reading can be fun. Reading will definitely improve their general knowledge and can also inspire them or spark a new idea.

Your attitude towards education.
Children are influenced by the opinions of that of their parents. Therefore, if you have a positive attitude towards education, your child is most likely to adopt that mindset too. If you regard a good education as important so will your child. Showing a positive interest can spark enthusiasm and lead them to the very important understanding that learning can be enjoyable and rewarding and in the end, well worth the efforts. Motivate them by giving them tips on how you used to study and how well it worked for you. Always have a ‘can do’ attitude when discussing subjects and exam related topics with your child.

Create a balance
It is very important to create and encourage a balance of active learning such as sports, music visits museums and socialises with friends as well as quiet learning such as reading and homework. Your child should not feel as if they have no time to socialise and have fun. They need to be able to distinguish between when it is time to relax and when the time has come to work.  Exam time can be a very challenging and stressful time for your child. Make sure your child is coping with the pressure. Sit down with your child and plan the preparation time for the exam together. This way you can ensure your child has a study guideline and that he won’t feel alone and pressurised and had ample time to prepare for exams.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve social mobility and help young people between the ages of 11-16 reach their dreams and aspirations.Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with our workshops, enrichment activities and our after-school tutoring programs and find out how GT Scholars can help your child excel in their school work and prepare for the GCSE exams.

In the Know – Prepare for Take Off!

In the Know – Prepare for Take Off!

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A career in aviation offers many exciting opportunities for advancement in piloting, engineering as well as aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and airport operations. Possible career opportunities range from working in commercial airlines, private manufacturing companies, airports, and government organizations. Here are some interesting events you can attend that will serve as a great introduction to what a career in aviation will be like.

The Royal Air Force Museum – Local History Walking Tours
On the 15th of October 2017, join the Royal Air Force Museum on a fascinating walking tour of their local area and discover the history of aviation in Hendon from the arrival of Claude Grahame-White’s Flying School and Aerodrome through to the opening of the Museum and the recent development of the local area. Each tour lasts an hour. Find out about this interesting free event here.

National Work Experience Week – British Airways Career Fair
British Airways are delighted to invite students to British Airways’ Head Office as part of National Work Experience Week. This is a perfect opportunity for you to find out more about careers in aviation first hand, from our apprenticeship team, cabin crew, customer service representatives and pilots. Have a look here to find out more about this awesome free event that takes place on the 17th of October.

Open Evening at Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC
On the 18th of October, Heathrow Aviation Engineering is hosting an open evening which gives aviation enthusiasts the chance to tour their state-of-the-art facilities, talk to their staff and students and meet some of their industry partners. There will also be a talk from Wayne Edwards (UTC Principal) at 6.30pm. This event is great for both parents and students and it is free, but tickets need to be booked in advance if you want to attend. For more information about this event, have a look here.

The GT Scholars programme is committed to the providing useful information about careers. Look out for more details on our upcoming workshops on our website and social media pages. You can also contact us or give us a call on 02088168066 to find out more about our brilliant mentoring programme.

In the Know – Become a filmmaker this October!

In the Know – Become a filmmaker this October!

In The Know Parents What's new?

This October sees the annual BFI Film Festival, undoubtedly UK’s biggest celebrations of international cinema. Among the many festival events that are happening, we want to tell you about great opportunities for your child if they want to learn more about and get involved in the field of film-making and cinema.

Bell House Movie Workshop
This October half-term, the Bell House centre in Dulwich is hosting an exciting Halloween movie-making course. The course includes learning how to create fun and unique production designs, learn some special and technical effects, as well as practise directing, acting and camera skills. The course runs from Monday the 23rd of October to Wednesday the 25th. They are providing 4 free places to pupils on Free School Meals! If you are interested in enrolling your child, contact us as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.

BFI Film Academy
If you are between the ages of 16 and 19 and you are passionate about film and a career in the film industry, then the BFI Film Academy is for you! Hosted in London by the Mouth That Roars Studio, the programme is free for successful applicants. In the academy, you will explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment, while also gaining valuable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field. Deadline for applications is the 17th of November, and you can find out more and how to apply here.

Into Film Clubs
Into Film Clubs are a fun and valuable way to engage young people with and through film. The club provides opportunities to watch and discuss films, to understand how films are made, and to learn how to make your own film. The club also has a significant and positive impact on young people’s learning, in particular with regard to literacy, communication and social skills. The clubs are free for all state-funded schools or non-profits and are easy to set up or join. There is also an Into Film Festival coming up in November from the 8th to the 24th and bookings have already opened. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars programme is committed to the development of practical skills such as film-making. Look out for more details on our upcoming workshops on our website and social media pages. You can also contact us or give us a call on 02088168066 to find out more. If you want to stay up to date on events and opportunities for your child, sign up to our weekly newsletter. 

7 Gifts and Talents You May Not Realise Your Child Has

7 Gifts and Talents You May Not Realise Your Child Has

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Sometimes we get so focused on the measurements of talent and success – high grades, participation in sports, winning competitions – that we can forget our children already possess a number of natural gifts and talents that will help them succeed in life and the world of work.

GT Scholars works with young people to help them achieve their potential, and this also means identifying the talents children already have and helping them to realise how gifted they are.

So, what are some of the natural gifts and talents of young children that you as a parent can nurture now to support their future success in the world of work and life in general?

1. Adaptability

In an ever changing and fast paced world, adaptability is a vital talent for children to have and develop. It doesn’t necessarily have to be about dealing with adversity, but helping them to develop a good understanding that things change, sometimes unexpectedly, and it’s important to continue working to their best ability regardless.

2. Perseverance

Sometimes things don’t go as we plan, and it’s important not to let these things stop us from achieving our goals. Children have a tendency to bounce back quickly from setbacks, and this is a really positive natural gift of theirs. Continuing to teach children to embrace their setbacks as opportunities to grow and develop helps them build the mindset of perseverance to get on in life and work.

3. Honesty

Children are naturally honest and open with how they engage with the world, and at some point they start to lose this – possibly due to a fear of failure or letting people important to them down. Keep encouraging your children to be honest in proactive ways will help them to build the positive communication skills around their efforts and abilities that employers look for.

4. Enthusiasm

Someone who can talk positively about themselves, why they want to do something and who gets excited about doing new things and taking on new challenges always stands out from the crowd. Children are naturally enthusiastic about most things, so keep encouraging this, especially when it comes to embracing new situations.

5. Inquisitive

Taking an interest, asking questions, and having positive opinions all fall under this umbrella – and is another natural gift most children have! By encouraging children to be inquisitive, it also helps them build their communication skills and confidence around idea sharing – all things employers love!

6. Teamwork

Children like engaging with each other, learning about each other and supporting each other. Team work is something that comes pretty naturally to children and is easy to encourage – through team projects, team sports or just nurturing their natural urge to work with their fellow peers.

7. Entrepreneurship

Children have innate creativity and ideas that they love to work on – through play, or other creative pursuits. Believe it or not this can easily develop into entrepreneurial skills, and encouraging them to pursue their ideas and asking them questions (think ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ questions to help develop their thinking) will help this gift bloom.

 

This list is not exhaustive, and I’m sure the more you engage with your children, the more you’ll start to recognise the talents and gifts they already have, and that you can encourage them to keep developing.

The GT Scholars programme aims to help young people develop an intrinsic motivation for learning. We teach young people how to become better learners so that they can attain excellent grades across all subjects.

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