In the Know: Join our upcoming webinars for parents!

In the Know: Join our upcoming webinars for parents!

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We hope you’ve had a fantastic week so far? This week’s newsletter is packed with exciting opportunities to give your child a head start for their future! We’ll be sharing information for our upcoming parent webinars along with an event focused on helping your child discover their career path! If you’d like to know more, read on!

 

Help boost your child’s employability skills and win up to £1500! 

Join us on Thursday 24th March at 5pm for our free online parent webinar where you’ll have the opportunity to find out about how you can help your child get started with the GT Scholars x BRIT Insurance Digital Challenge! The digital challenges have been designed to give young people a chance to learn about careers in the insurance industry and an opportunity to win £1500! In addition to this, your child will get to use and apply their knowledge and skills in Mathematics, Literacy, Science, and Geography as well as their Research, Presentation and Entrepreneurial skills! If you’d like to join, click here!

Join our Free Parent Webinar: How to Pave Your Child’s Journey Into Oxbridge

Join us on Thursday 31st March at 7.30pm for our free online parent webinar. During this expert-led webinar, Joanna Baptista and James Bromfield, co-founders of Unipear, will explain how you can encourage your child to start thinking about Oxbridge. They’ll also be sharing expert advice to help you discover whether Oxbridge is right for you and your child and help you to understand the timeline for preparing and planning for Oxbridge. If you’d like to tune in to this insightful webinar, click here!

Discover Career Journeys and Insights with ISACA!

Join this free live and interactive session and engage with experienced professionals from Cyber Security, IT Risk and Governance, and IT Audit. During the session, they will discuss their career journeys, the challenges they encountered, and how they were able to take advantage of what was available to them. The event takes place on Monday 21st March, and you can register here.

In the Know: Exciting After School Online Clubs!

In the Know: Exciting After School Online Clubs!

In The Know What's new? Young Leaders Young people

Have you considered giving your child the opportunity to join an after-school club? After-school clubs can support social, emotional, cognitive, academic development and also provide a safe and supportive environment for your child. This week we’re sharing three fun after-school clubs that your child can join for free! If this sounds like just the right fit for you, read on to find out more!

Explore Music Production!
Conductive Music is hosting a free, fun, and educational after-school club to learn how to make music online. During the 11 week workshop, your child will be introduced to music production software Bandlab and will learn mixing and exporting, sound design, cinematic effects, and looping. They’ll also have the opportunity to create songs and soundtracks. It’s open to young people aged 9 and up, and you can join from Thursday 2nd December, to sign up, click here

Enjoy creating your own arts and crafts with Reading Friends!
If your family enjoys arts and crafts, this after-school club will be perfect for them. The format of the group is Bring Your Own Craft/Show-and-Tell, and the optional theme for this month is Portraits. You’ll have the opportunity to chat about and show whatever you’re crafting at the moment and get some inspiration for what to create next! The free online club will take place on Friday 10th December, and you can book your place here

Be part of a Book Club!
Join the University of Oxford as they host a free online book club for young people aged 11-14. During this session, you will be joined by Author Nikki Sheehan as she discusses her novel, Who Framed Klaris Cliff? During the live stream, Nikki will be talking about her influences, what her characters mean to her, and taking questions from the audience. The book club takes place on Wednesday 15th December, and you can sign up here

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 – Homeschooling tools for parents and young people!

In The Know – Homeschooling tools for parents and young people!

Homeschooling In The Know Parents What's new?

Homeschooling is now a reality for most families and parents and young people need to work together to make sure they stay up to date with study schedules and milestones. With a lot of learning resources out there and still having to make sure you’re in sync with the curriculum, things can get a bit challenging at times. Thank goodness there are apps out there to help you streamline things. Have a look at these awesome tools to help you with all things homeschooling.

Manage and track your study time!
Clockify is a free easy to use app that allows parents to get an overview of how to best plan and spend their time. This app also allows you to track how much your child spends on schoolwork and free time and you can even log the tracked time for different tasks and subjects. Even more, Clockify also suggests how to automate or speed up some processes and track your progression over a certain time period. For more information click here.

Gamify your learning with Habitica!
Habitica is a fun interactive app young people can use to stay on top of their assignments and tasks. The apps turns everyday tasks into interactive challenges where young people get to build and upgrade their avatar with each completed task. You can also compete with each other making this a fun family activity. Habitica can be downloaded on your phone making it an easy, on-the-go way of keeping track of tasks and learning assignments. To find out more click here.

Simplify homeschooling with Homeschool Panda
Homeschool Panda is an all-in-one tool that offers parents support to make homeschooling easier. It offers quick and easy lesson plans that allow parents to track and report their kids learning activities. The app also includes a safe and secure portal for students to easily track their lessons and assignments. What’s also great is that it provides a network for parents who homeschool where they can chat with other parents that are online and share ideas or activities. Sign up here!

An interview with one of our scholars Priscilla

An interview with one of our scholars Priscilla

Online volunteering Post 16 Private tutoring Scholar spotlight What's new? Young people

Please tell me a little bit more about yourself?
My name is Priscilla, I’m 16 years old. I like swimming and I was part of a competitive swimming team for two years. I have a passion for swimming and therefore, I decided to take a rookie life-guard course so that I can apply for a part-time role as a life-guard with an indoor swimming facility. My favorite subjects is English & History and in the future I would like to become a lawyer.

Why did you decide on law?
My parents work in the NHS, so when I was younger, I wanted to become a doctor. I then realised that I wasn’t that good in science, but that I had a keen interest and passion for English. I love debating and I love talking and speaking out, so law was just something that caught my attention. I also love reading & investigating which forms part of the law sector. I’m definitely looking into attending one of the Russell Group Universities. My dream is to go to Harvard, Oxford or Cambridge – any one of the top universities would be great to get into.

Why did you decide to join GT Scholars?
My mum did some research and came across GT Scholars. She told me about it and we went to a workshop, I found it interesting and it met my needs. For me having online tutoring sessions was also easier. The whole programme seemed interesting and it was also cheaper than the tuition that we were paying for at the time.

When you decided to join GT Scholars, did you have any special goals that you wanted to achieve? 
Yes, so when I first started I focused on Maths because my Maths grades were really low. I wanted to pay extra attention to Maths and I wanted to be able to at least get an A grade for Maths at GCSE level. I feel like I managed to achieve my goal in the mock exam earlier this year. I didn’t have a chance to write my GCSE Maths exam because of the GCSE’s that was cancelled, but in the mock exam, I have really improved. I ended up getting a grade 7, which is all because of GT Scholars and my maths tutor.

Your second term with GT Scholars you decided on focusing on English instead of Maths; how did that go?
My tutor Michael really helped me a lot and he made me think about the questions and answering them in a different way, which really ended up helping me during my exam. Because I really enjoy English, it was very nice to talk to someone who is also passionate about English to help develop my reading skills. I started off with a grade 6 and I ended up getting a grade 8 in English.

What positive impact did the programme have on you? 
The programme really helped me with setting up my study time. Before joining the programme I would procrastinate when it came to working. I  found that I didn’t really have an interest in doing work, but because of GT Scholars and getting homework regularly, I had that one hour a week to focus, so it was really good in terms of keeping up with my studies.

What was your favorite part of the programme?
My favorite part of the programme was the enrichment and skill building days that I got to go to. The Dragon’s Den was my favorite workshop. I got to meet new people and learn new skills, so it was definitely my favorite part of the programme.

Did you learn anything new about yourself while being on the GT Scholars programme?
I learned without a push from the tutors always supporting and checking in with me, I wouldn’t really be studying as much as I would’ve before joining the GT Scholars Programme. I feel like when I have someone by my side always encouraging me and checking up on me, it works out better for me.

And now that you are moving on to A levels –  will you be applying things that you have learned during the programme to your future studies? And what will that be?
Yes, less procrastination. I’m definitely going to make a revision timetable. I’ll also revise any work that I’ll do on a daily basis. Coming back home and reviewing the work and making flashcards so that I know that at the end of the term I don’t have to be stressed out, because I have my flashcards already prepared and ready to start my revision studies.

Do you have any advice for a young person that is considering to join the GT Scholars programmes?
My advice to them would be to have an open mind and to have a growth mindset because the programme is online. The environment will be different and it might be easy to get distracted, but if you approach it with an open mind and be willing to build a good relationship with your tutor, it will really help with the learning process. Then also remember that if you ever get stuck contact your tutor because they’re always willing to help.

What was the most helpful thing that your tutor taught you or helped you with?
I had two different relationships with my tutors because the subjects were completely different. Martin was my maths tutor and he was very understanding because he recently did his GCSE’s, and he could easily relate to me and explain things to me in a clear way. The one thing that I learned from Martin, was to not have an “I can’t do it” mindset. He really pushed me, even if I didn’t know how to approach a question he would always push me to be able to answer the question myself because he knew that I could do it. Michael was my English tutor and he had a lot of experience within the schools and education systems. He taught me to be confident with my answers and taught me to always read my answers back to myself, even when I think that I’m finished,  there is always something to add or improve on what I’ve written. He definitely taught me about self-confidence and using my imagination in creative writing.

Your tutors helped you develop a growth mindset and having self-confidence – When approaching a challenge do you approach it with a growth mindset and self-confidence?
Yes, and not only on an academic level but also in my day to day life. When I was swimming, I felt that I wanted to give up and I would remind myself that I can do it. Nowadays there are a lot of things I would do when before I wouldn’t have imagined that I could do it. When approaching something new I feel I can do it if I just put my mind to it. I also combine a growth mindset with self-confidence which my English tutor has taught me.

Is there anything you would like to say to your tutors that supported you on the programme?
I would just like to thank them for everything that they did because it is clearly evident that the programme made a positive impact on my Maths and English grades. I managed to go up two grades in both subjects which is what I wanted to achieve, and I would like to thank them for their time and dedication. They were really supportive, really nice, friendly people and from the first session, I felt like I clicked with them. So I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me!

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteering opportunities and support!

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteering opportunities and support!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Friends of GT Scholars –  Online volunteering opportunities and support!


Happy Friday! Hope you’re having a good day? We’ve been busy getting started with the new term. Right now, innovation and thinking out the box is a must and no one knows when life will return to normal! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time brainstorming ideas on how we can pivot and still support young people at this crucial time in their lives. Made you curious? Keep an eye out for more information in the next couple of weeks. But for now, here’s this week’s newsletter.


Join our online meetups for volunteers!
We’re not sure when next we’ll all get to meet in person but thank goodness for Zoom! We’re planning to run monthly online meetups for all volunteers! Whether you are a new volunteer or you’ve volunteered with us for a few months or years, you’re more than welcome to join! During the meet-ups, we’ll run a short Q&A for new volunteers, we’ll also have some time for volunteers and members of our team to give advice and share their experiences. The first session is planned for mid-June and I’ll keep you posted with the details. If you’d like to co-host a session or be on our panel of speakers please get in touch!

Can you help us improve our mentoring worksheets!
We’re updating our mentoring worksheets, adding impactful coaching and mentoring questions to the sheets and providing mentees and volunteer mentors with more information, checklists and exercises to help with mentoring sessions. Thank you to everyone who confirmed their availability. We’ve scheduled an online meeting for Wednesday 20th May from 4pm-5pm. If you’d like to join us for the meeting or have mentored with us before and have an idea of topics that you think will make a great addition to our current worksheets, please let me know.

Check out the *NEW* Online Learning Directory!
If you’ve signed up to tutor with us this term or thinking about volunteering as an online tutor then you definitely need to visit the new GT Scholars learning director! This directory hosts more than 250 free learning websites for young people aged 4-18. You can easily narrow down your online resource search by filtering content by age and subject. There are lots of lesson types to choose from, including interactive stories, lessons, games, activities and revision videos. You can visit The Learning Directory by following this link.

In The Know – Creative and fun online workshops for everyone!

In The Know – Creative and fun online workshops for everyone!

In The Know Parents What's new?

How are you? I hope you’re looking forward to the weekend? This week we’ve lined up a couple of fun digital workshops that will definitely get your creative juices flowing! Being creative is very important and it allows us to express ourselves in a unique way!

Check out #iOiLoves for some fun DIY activities!
Known for their exciting, fun and creative workshops #iOiLoves will be sharing some of their favourite free DIY activities you can do at home. There are some great activities which allow the whole family to be all hands on deck! There’s definitely something for everyone from step by step stop-motion animation, designing your own game, making science ice cream and more! To see the full list of DIY activities click here.

Express yourself with the sound of music!
Soundgym is a free online music production school where young people can learn how to record and produce their own electronic music as well as the ins and outs of audio engineering! This is a perfect opportunity for young people interested in music to learn from educators and sound experts and also have access to full online support! You can also monitor your learning process and track your improvement over time. For more information click here.

Have you signed up to this free webinar for parents?
We’re excited to host our first online webinar for parents! The webinar, How To Facilitate Impactful & Meaningful Learning At Home, will focus on the best ways to design your own effective and impactful homeschooling journey. You’ll also learn how to be creative in using literature, games and movies to build connections and how to cultivate a thriving home learning environment.  It would be great if you could join us on Tuesday 19th May from 7pm-8pm. Sign up here!

In The Know – Free online workshops to support parents and young people!

In The Know – Free online workshops to support parents and young people!

In The Know Parents What's new?

How are you? I hope you’ve had a great week and that you’re enjoying the start of the bank holiday so far? During the week we searched the net for some more online workshops for parents and young people. Since online learning has now become inevitable for young people and it’s become an important factor in the education field, we’ve listed 3 amazing online opportunities for parents and young people!

Have you signed up to this free webinar for parents?
We’re inviting homeschooling expert Alberta Stevens to share with parents the best ways to design their own effective and impactful homeschooling journey.  During the webinar, you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to manage your time effectively, how to make the most of your homeschooling journey and how best to support your child. The webinar will take place onTuesday 19th May from 7pm-8pm. Thank you to everyone who already registered their interest. If you’d like to join this webinar, please let us know!

Learn maths with Blutick’s free online Maths programme!
Blutick, an AI learning platform, offers a free, innovative, curriculum based maths learning programme for young people aged 11 to 16. Students get to watch short films featuring a maths teacher explaining a topic and working examples. Students then have different problems to solve with the assistance and guidance from the tutor. Students can even change the personality of the tutor and choose the difficulty level of the questions. To find out more, please click here.

iStore meets online workshops
Apple has released its iStore Meets sessions as online workshops, which means that young people now have the opportunity to learn from the best right from their very own comfy sofa. The workshops are free and hosted by industry leaders and experts. If you’re an Apple fan, go check out the different workshops including coding and photography workshops by following this link.

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 – Online support for parents and young people!

In The Know – Online support for parents and young people!

In The Know Parents What's new?

I hope you’ve had a good week so far? In this week’s newsletter, we’d like to share some more opportunities with you where you can find online learning and teaching support for young people and parents.

Sign up to this free upcoming webinar for parents!
If you’re trying to juggle work, parenthood and homeschooling then be sure to sign up for this free online webinar! We’re inviting a homeschooling expert who will be discussing some of the best ways that you can make homeschooling effective, impactful and meaningful.  During the webinar, you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to manage your time effectively, how to make the most of your homeschooling journey and how best to support your child. The webinar will be in Mid May and replays will be available.  If you’d like to join this webinar, please send us a quick email!

Daily lessons on Oak National Academy!
Did you know that you can get free daily lessons and support with Oak National Academy? The academy is home to a bank of video lessons and resources in line with the current curriculum to support teachers, parents and pupils in remote teaching. They cover most subjects including Maths, English art and languages. Lessons are free to use for every teacher and pupil from reception through to year 10. To browse the resources and lessons please click here.

Don’t forget to visit The Learning Directory!!
Have you visited the new GT Scholars learning directory yet? This directory hosts more than 250 free learning websites for young people aged 4-18. You can easily narrow down your online resource search by filtering content by age and subject. There are lots of lesson types to choose from, including interactive stories, lessons, games, activities and revision videos. You can visit The Learning Directory by following this link.

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

Friends of GT Scholars –  Thank you for your help this term!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for your help this term!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Friends of GT Scholars –  Thank you for your help this term!


Ahh….. Friday you wonderful thing! Even though most of us are working from home, the weekend still has that special feeling that it brings! If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, go check out Social Distant.Co set up by Tony, a friend of GT Scholars. They’ve got lots of fun online events that will get you moving and activities to get you meeting new people and spending more time with friends and family! But first, let me share this week’s newsletter with you.

 

Thank you for your help this term!
It’s the end of the term and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteer tutors and mentors for their help this term! Many of our volunteers this term had to juggle sudden changes in work arrangements alongside volunteering but they still showed up for the young people and the feedback has been great! I’d also like to thank everyone who’s helped in other ways like writing a guest blog, featuring in a volunteer spotlight or getting involved with crowdsourcing group projects! I feel privileged to be part of such a talented network!

Can you volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term?
I’d like to find out if you’d be available to volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term? I know some volunteers already confirmed their availability- thanks guys! If you’re interested in joining us next term as an online tutor, you’ll need about 1-hr a week to schedule weekly sessions with your tutee. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a volunteer mentor, you’ll need to be free for 6 hours during the 12-week term. The new term will start late April/early May so please let me know if you’d like to get involved by sending a quick email.

Could you help with creating NEW mentoring worksheets?
We have an upcoming short term volunteer opportunity that you can get involved with. We’re looking for 3-4 volunteers to help us with creating new mentoring worksheets! It’s the perfect volunteer project for you if you’ve ever coached or mentored young people before or have some ideas on how to support them with some of the challenges they face. If you have about 4-5 hours to spare and can join our crowdsourcing project meeting next week Wednesday or Thursday, please get in touch.



Have a fantastic weekend!