In the Know  –  Getting ahead in 2020!

In the Know – Getting ahead in 2020!

Growth mindset In The Know What's new? Young people

With the new academic term well on its way, we have found a selection of practical, fun and interactive events that will stimulate, excite and get them off to a great start in their STEM and non STEM subjects for this year. These events are for teens interested in gaming, coding, language and Social Science subjects.

Free Coderdojo
Sunday 26 January there will be a free Coderdojo at the National Museum of Computing. This free event is for coding enthusiasts aged 7 – 17 years. The aim is to is for everyone is to learn about coding in a fun and safe environment. Experienced coders, as well as beginners, are welcome to join this event. It takes place at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, Bletchley from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Tickets can be booked at Eventbrite.

English Literature and Social Science Immersion day
A thought-provoking look into what it takes to study subjects at academic A level, for young people aged 16 -19. This immersive event focuses on Arts, Humanities and Social Science. Several languages and subject matter are on offer and participants are encouraged to choose three to focus on for the day. The event takes place at the London Academy of Excellence, Lilywhite House, High Road, London on Saturday 25 January 2020 from 08.30am – 12.30pm. Follow this link for more information

Game Design with Microsoft MakeCode Arcade and Meowbit
Young people aged 11 years and older, who are interested in game design and programming are invited to participate in this popular educational platform. This event allows the audience to receive practical knowledge in Maths and Physics by building their games. The designed games can be downloaded to Meowbit, a device similar to the Gameboy. This free event takes place Sunday 26 January from 2pm-4pm at Studio Cambridge, Station Road, Cambridge. Tickets can be booked at 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 – Winter Warmers At London Museums!

In The Know – Winter Warmers At London Museums!

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The holiday is here and gives us an opportunity to spend time with family, friends and special people before we welcome 2020. We’ve found some educational and inspiring activities for the whole family to enjoy at Museums in London this season.

Free Medical Gallery at the Science Museum
Combine your love for Maths, Science and History and visit the Science Museum for a journey throughout the ages of medicine. The museum has 5 fascinating galleries with interactive games and immersive experiences, including the world’s first MRI scanner and many other marvels for the family to enjoy. The gallery is found at the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London. Entry to the museum is free and runs until 29 February 2020. For more information please follow the link.

A Beautiful Planet in 3D
There is another fantastic exhibition at the Science Museum for all Science and Space enthusiasts. This is an awe-inspiring experience that will captivate audiences of every age. The IMAX documentary gives viewers a unique look at Earth through images captured from space. This event takes place at the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London. The programme runs throughout the month of December and January from 12.30pm. This is a priced event and tickets start from £9 and can be bought using the following link.

Fly a Spitfire MK16
Climb into the cockpit of the Spitfire MK16 and experience the thrill of flying while being firmly on the ground.  Learn all about the history of the aircraft and what it would have been like to fly across the skies during World War2. The exhibition is at the Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, London and available daily from 11.15am to 4.15pm. Tickets are £10.00 per person, follow the link for more information.

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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!!

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We’re nearly at the end of 2019!! It’s been a great year for GT Scholars and it’s been brilliant working with all of our amazing volunteers, workshop facilitators and friends! We had our end of year celebration on Wednesday night and as of today, it’s officially only 12 days til Christmas! Read on to find out how more about the evening and a few important dates.

Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!
It was awesome to spend the evening with our volunteers, workshop facilitators and other friends of GT Scholars!! I was told that the young people did a brilliant job hosting the activities and there were some really competitive teams on the day! Once again thank you to everyone that was able to come along – It was great to have you there! We’re planning on having more meetups next year and as usual, I’ll keep you updated via the newsletter.

Is volunteering on the cards for you in 2020?
Can you believe 2020 is less than 3 weeks away?! We’ll be welcoming our new scholars in January 2020 and we want to make sure that we can match as many scholars as we can with a mentor and an English or Maths tutor. The new term will run from early January until mid-April 2020. If you’ve not confirmed your availability yet, please drop me a quick email. You can volunteer as a tutor for 1 hour a week or mentor for 6hrs during the term. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and finding you a match!

We’re closing for the festive season!
Everyone at GT Scholars will be taking a little break over the festive season! Please note that we’ll be closed from next week Friday 20th December, but we’ll be back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for the new year on Monday 6th of January. Please feel free to email or call us if you need to speak to us before we close for the holidays.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

In the Know – Festive, free family fun!

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With preparations for the holiday underway, we’ve uncovered a few stimulating programmes to add to your family’s Christmas holiday itinerary. These events will add a festive cheer while educating and keeping the whole family entertained. 

Free Kids Entrepreneur Bootcamp
This inspiring event is aimed at young people aged 10 to 14 years with a passion and potential for entrepreneurship. They will gain a sense of commerce and learn invaluable skills like researching their product, competition, selling and creating products that consumers want. The first of six sessions start on Saturday 21 December from 3pm to 6pm at the London Graphics Studios, Kilburn Bridge House, Kilburn High Rd, London. For more information follow the Eventbrite link.

Free Coding & Robotics taster workshop
Fire Tech is offering their number one Junior Coder course as an early Christmas gift to young people aged 9 to 12 years. During this course, they will gather a practical understanding of basic concepts, learn about inputs and sensors and build mazes for robot challenges.  The workshop takes place on 20 December 2019, the first session starts at 9am at the Baden-Powell House, Queen’s Gate, Kensington. Follow the link for more information. 

Make a Christmas song.
This unique event will grab the attention of music and science enthusiasts alike. Using data science and artificial intelligence, create festive Christmas songs and jingles by remaking a classic or producing something brand new.  Auditions will take place after the workshop and the audience decides on the best song of the day. The free event is for the whole family and takes place on 21 December from 12pm to 2pm at the Canopy Market, King’s Cross, London. Follow the link for more information

The GT Scholars Programme is a not-for-profit social enterprise that tackles educational inequality and improves social mobility by helping young people aged 11-16 gain access to the most selective universities and the most competitive careers. Why not spread some good and forward this newsletter to a friend or send them this link so they can also sign up to our newsletter and stay up to date with our latest programmes and events.

 

In The Know – Events For Curious Minds

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The holidays are almost here! Before you wind down and enjoy a well deserved break, we’ve found some exciting events and programmes for young people. These sessions are educational, engaging and guaranteed fun. Read on for it read on for more information about these events they can attend.

GT Scholars Parent and Pupil information session
On Saturday 14th December 2019, we’ll be running an information session for parents and young people.. These free sessions are targeted at ambitious young people and their parents that would like to find out more about how our tutoring and mentoring programmes. There will be two sessions at Canada Water Library from 3-4:30pm and 5-6.30pm. To register your attendance, click on the following link.

MathsAlive at The Royal Airforce Museum.
Maths is all around us, from sports and dancing to film making and nature. And now you can explore the wonders of Maths at the RAF museum in London everyday until the 15th of March 2020. Young people aged 7 – 14 will have the opportunity to experience eighteen fascinating hands-on exhibitions that bring Maths to life. They can ride a Mars Rover, participate in a live snowboarding race and fight aliens in cyberspace from inside the game. Tickets for children are priced at £5 and adults at £7. The exhibition runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Book your tickets online at the museum.

Free Coderdojo Coding Club for Kids
Beginner coders aged 7 to 17 can join the free Coderdojo club for kids. You can find out more about becoming a coding Ninja at their next meetup on the 14th of December. The programme runs from 10am to 12 noon at Spital Street, Dartford, please remember to bring along your own laptop. Mentors will guide young coders through the process and at the end of the day, there will be a “show and tell” where participants can showcase their projects or creations. For more information on the Coderdojo follow the link.

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 – Interactive activities for the whole family!

In the Know – Interactive activities for the whole family!

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This week, we’ve found some spectacular events and exhibitions that will get the whole family involved. With fun workshops and events that delves into London’s rich History and Science to kick your weekend into gear, you’ll not only have a good time but also have an educational experience.

London’s Streets – Free workshop on the history of London
This workshop gives the whole family the chance to view this unique digital look into the history of the City of London and how it has changed over the years. Participants will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of popular characters in a Charles Dickens’s novel and design their own future London. The workshop takes place on 7 December at 10am – 12pm at The Salters’ Company, London Wall Place. Entry is free but booking is essential. Follow this link for more details. 

Natural History Museum – Free entry into Science events
The Natural History Museum in Cromwell Road London is currently running several events for the whole family such as “Gaze up at the moon” which has a 6 metre model of the moon featuring lunar images from NASA and an evolving soundscape that allows you to hear what it would be like if you were on the moon. This workshop along with a few others will run until the 5th of January 2020. Booking is not required and entry is free. You can visit their website Natural History Museum to find out more information on upcoming events.

Royal Airforce Museum
Young people who are interested in a career in aviation will enjoy the Air League’s 110th Anniversary exhibition. The Air League actively encourages young men and women to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace and is the largest provider of flying scholarships and bursaries. You can visit the RAF Museum’s website to find out how to explore the many hangars at this museum, located in Graham Parkway, London.

In The Know – Events for Global Entrepreneur Week!

In The Know – Events for Global Entrepreneur Week!

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In recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week coming up on the 18th and the 24th of November, we have found a few great opportunities to develop your entrepreneurial skills, presentation and team working skills that will prepare young people for the future.

Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge 2019
This exhilarating workshop gives young people aged 11-16 a taste of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. The workshop is based on the world-famous TV Show and will involve them coming up with a business idea and pitching it to a judging panel. Young people joining in on the fun will gain hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and will develop their team working, presentation and time management skills. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am – 4pm. Tickets for this event are released in phases via the waiting list so be on the lookout for our next release of tickets. Please follow this link for more information.

Engineer Your Future
If you have an interest or the ability to be a big-thinker, a problem solver and someone who has a passion to change the world with innovative ideas, then the Science Museum on Exhibition Road is a great place to visit this coming week. Entrance is free and is suitable for young people aged 11 to 15 years. There are many exciting activities to keep you entertained and learn all about Engineering, from designing your own space rover to playing various games to enhance those scientific skills. The Science Museum is open daily from 10am. For more information click here.

The 2019 Language Show
Europe’s largest annual language show has returned to Olympia for its 31st year with a variety of free talks, taster classes in many different languages and exhibitors who will share tools on the best way to learn new languages. This workshop will help young people interested in language develop the skills to help find the best career path for them. This event is free for all young people under the age of 17 and registration is only required for those above this age. The event starts at 10am every day and runs from today 15th November to Sunday 17th November at Olympia London on Hammersmith Road, London. To find out more about this yearly event click here.

In The Know – Dragon’s Den 2019 + Art Events for the Whole Family!

In The Know – Dragon’s Den 2019 + Art Events for the Whole Family!

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This week we have some wonderful opportunities for the whole family to enjoy including the Southwark showcases and an exclusive art fairs. We’ve also got our annual Dragon’s den workshop coming up to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019! Scroll down for more information!

Dragon’s Den Challenge 2019!
Global Entrepreneurship Week is coming up and that means it’s time for our Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge! This event is definitely one of our most popular workshops, building presentation skills, entrepreneurial skills, team working skills and communication skills for the young people that join us! The event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am – 4pm. Please follow this link for more information. Please note that tickets are released in phases via the waiting list.

Southwark Showcase
Join the Southwark Community for a day of interactive fun for the whole family where you can enjoy performances in theatre, film and dance. Enjoy the sounds of the live DJ while engaging in the interactive stations by learning more about drawing, zine making and a variety of arts and crafts. This event is free and takes place on Saturday 9 November at The  Tate Modern and runs from 12pm to 6pm. For more information click here.

Wimbledon Art Fair
This annual 4-day fair invites the whole family to be captivated by the world of creative art. Meet the great minds behind the wonderful pieces of art and find out what goes into creating a masterpiece. This special event allows you the opportunity to explore the artist’s private studios to view their different works from ceramic art to painting. You can even discover the world of fashion and photography at this great event. The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios and runs from 14 to 17 November. For opening times and to book your free ticket to this exclusive event visit Eventbrite.

In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

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This week is European Coding week and we’ll be celebrating throughout this month with tech related blog posts, a free resource for you to download and further celebrations later this month with a series of half-term coding workshops at Google Academy London!

Free Download – 20 Free Coding Resources!
Did you know that you can teach yourself how to code? We’ve put together some amazing websites that young people can use to teach themselves how to code! These websites and online platforms are easy to use and they are free to access. From solving fun storyline problems using coding to animation & art themed challenges, this is a fantastic download for young people interested in coding. Follow this link for your free download!

#DayofCode – Wednesday 23rd October & Thursday 24th October
We’ve managed to secure three dates to run coding workshops at Google Academy! As many parents have requested, #DayofCode will be open to boys and girls aged 12-16 (Years 8 to 11). The workshops will give each young person a chance to develop their coding skills and build an exciting mobile app game in just one day! The workshop content is repeated so you only need to book your child for one day! All tickets will be released in phases via eventbrite: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com

#GirlMeetsCode – Tuesday 22nd October 2019
All the stats show that there are fewer women in Tech and numbers have declined since the 90s! We know that girls can be a force for good in the world and many technology companies are actively seeking women to make a change in the technology world. For this reason, we’re running a special day coding workshop just for girls! Similar to #DayofCode, this workshop will not require any previous coding experience as you’ll be guided through the day by our facilitators and volunteers. To join in with the girls go to: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com

 

5 Things You Need To Consider Before Signing Up For Private Tutoring

5 Things You Need To Consider Before Signing Up For Private Tutoring

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A study commissioned by the Global Industry Analysts Incorporation (GIA) detailed how the global private tutoring market is projected to surpass $102.8 billion in a few years time. According to the GIA, the private tutoring market has experienced exponential growth in recent years, which has been driven by the failure of standard education systems to cater to the unique needs of students. This is in conjunction with the desire by parents to provide the best possible education for their children in an increasingly competitive global economy. 

Globally, Asia is at the forefront of the private tutoring boom with at least 90% of the market share. Private tutors in these countries have become top earners with some South Korean private tutors supposedly earning £3.3million per annum, which is nearly as much as an average NBA player. 

In the UK, the private tuition sector is now worth an estimated £2billion with many parents and carers paying for children as young as four to receive additional tuition in a variety of subjects. Parents and carers are realising that a bit of extra help could be instrumental in helping their child to reach their academic and career aspirations. 

With this boom in private tutoring, we are also seeing this industry change and develop. In the past, tutoring was geared towards helping children who were falling behind in particular subjects, but now the industry has evolved and expanded to help any pupil through difficult courses and to also give them an edge over their peers in terms of applications to selective schools and colleges. With this being said, the growth of the private tutoring industry calls to the forefront some important issues to consider, which you should also take into account before signing up your child to a private tutoring programme.

Private tutoring has embraced technology
Private tutoring is not limited to in-person long and drawn out lessons anymore. Technology has now made it possible for new and innovative private tutoring methods to develop such as online one-to-one tutoring. This makes it easier for pupils to access a skilled tutor while also being in the comfort of their own home or tailored learning environment. Online tools such as video chat platforms and instant messaging services work hand-in-hand with edtech tools such as online whiteboards and animations to create a fully-fledged virtual learning experience. Online tutoring makes private tutoring more accessible, easier to set up and easier to maintain for both the parent and the tutor. 

Private tutoring can narrow the gap in attainment
Pupils from wealthier homes are able to attend exclusive private schools that offer them a wealth of resources and opportunities to better their learning. Unfortunately, most pupils from state schools are not able to access these resources due to the limited budget given to state schools. This has created a large gap in attainment between young people from low-income homes and their wealthier peers, which has far-reaching consequences on their aspirations and career paths. Private tutoring is able to narrow this gap in attainment as it is can give young people from state schools the chance to access more learning resources and opportunities to improve and maintain their grades. Many private tutoring programmes have been quite expensive, which has limited their use to young people from wealthier homes, however, the increase in the private tutoring industry has made it more competitive. This competition means that there are now more affordable quality private tutoring programmes that can make private tutoring accessible to all.

Private tutoring is largely unregulated
One downside to the private tutoring industry is that it still largely unregulated compared to the education system. The exponential growth of this market can attract tutors who are just in it for the money, which is not something you want in a tutor. However, this can be avoided if parents make sure to carefully check the credentials and experience of the private tutor. This can also be made easier through private tutoring organisations that only enlist the best tutors and conduct rigorous background, reference and safeguarding checks as well as interviews and skill assessments. These organisations also make their track record publicly available, so it is important that parents look into the impact they make and any reviews and testimonials from past parents and pupils.

Private tutoring offers a tailored learning experience
It is important to note that private tutoring does not just offer the same learning experience that pupils receive at their school. Each pupil learns differently, whether they prefer learning that is visually stimulating or learning that is more interactive. Private tutoring is able to offer a learning experience that is individually tailored to these specific needs. Pupils need to make sure that they take full advantage of this by making their needs and learning objectives clear to their private tutor. Parents can also assist with this by sitting down with private tutors in the beginning and laying down specific goals their child wants to achieve and by keeping track of their child’s progress throughout the tutoring programme to ensure that these goals are being met.

Private tutoring goes hand-in-hand with other programmes
It’s important to note that private tutoring can only help your child with specific academic goals. They may also learn other important soft skills such as time management and independent learning, but there’s many other skills and knowledge they will need to meet their career aspirations. This is why it is important to enrol your child in other after-school and extracurricular programmes to ensure that your child has a balanced learning experience. This can in the form of mentoring or coaching, skill-building, or various other programmes. These programmes work hand-in-hand with private tutoring, providing your child with a multi-strategy approach to reaching their aspirations and personal development goals.

GT Scholars offers a private tutoring programme that aims to help your child reach their academic aspirations. This programme is affordable, efficient and effective, offering your child a way to accelerate their learning. We also offer mentoring, enrichment and skill-building programmes that work hand-in-hand with private tutoring to give your child all the necessary skills, strategies and knowledge that they will need to achieve their academic, personal development and career goals. All of our tutors, mentors and workshop facilitators undergo rigorous assessments and background checks to ensure that we provide the best learning experience for your child. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.