In The Know: Raising Teens with confidence

In The Know: Raising Teens with confidence

In The Know Parents What's new?

Confidence is key! With so much going on right now in the world, many young people are struggling with anxiety and low confidence. This week we’ve put together some resources that can help young people build their confidence, and build their emotional resilience. By learning these skills early on, your child will be better equipped to deal with any challenges they may encounter now or in the future.

Check out this support portal for young people!
ReachOut.com is a great site that offers support for both parents and young people. Although based in Australia, the information they provide is really valuable and covers a range of topics including self-confidence, coping skills, dealing with stress and setting goals. To browse through their videos and blogs click here.

Listen to these self-development podcasts for young people
Where There’s Smoke, is a weekly podcast by Brett Gajda and Nick Jaworski for young people. The podcasts explore self-development through the lens of current events, pop culture, and experience.  New episodes come out every Tuesday, and they usually run for about 30 minutes. Episodes feature experts who share their experiences, and the messages are always upbeat and positive. To check out the podcasts click here

Register for a free online Emotional Wellbeing workshop!
When a young person has positive emotional wellbeing they can cope better with challenges and bounce back from those difficulties. The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is offering free online workshops that are suitable for young people aged 13+. This is a 4 part online workshop that is focused on helping young people manage their emotional wellbeing. It takes place every Thursday in July from 4pm – 5pm in a small group workshop that is run on zoom. To sign up click here

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!

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 – 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

In The Know – Develop your skills and have some fun!

In The Know – Develop your skills and have some fun!

In The Know Parents What's new?

This week we’ve listed 3 opportunities that are quite different from one another; there’s something for everyone. From a fun family event to planning for the future or becoming part of a special network! All the opportunities for young people can be done remotely and online. Keep scrolling to find out more!

The BIG Stay-At-Home Quiz!
This family-friendly quiz is hosted by Social Dist.Co and is the perfect way to spend time as a family and tap into some team spirit. People from all over the world can join in on this fun virtual quiz game where families get to compete against other teams. The quizzes will take place on Saturday the 18th and 25th of April. There is a £5 donation entry fee per team with cash prizes up for grabs for the top 3 teams. All remaining profits will be donated to a local charity. For more information and team entries click here.

Virtual Work experience with Barclay Life Skills
Many young people may take this time to reflect and plan for their future. Young people aged 14 and up can register for free on the Barclays Life Skills platform to help them find out what their strengths are, develop their skills, plan for the future and even get virtual work experience! For more information on the different opportunities available, please follow this link.

Join the GT Scholars Youth Board!
GT Scholars is looking for young people aged 13-16 who are currently on one of their programmes or have attended at least one programme, workshop or course in the past 12 months. Young people who join the Youth Board will get the chance to work collaboratively with GT Scholars, be co-designers and join in decision making, on matters that will impact young people on our programmes. Applications must be received by Friday 15th May. For more information and to find out how to apply, click here.

In The Know – Getting Ready For Success!

In The Know – Getting Ready For Success!

In The Know Parents What's new?

It’s never too late to develop good study habits and be informed about facing challenges at different stages of education or raise your interest in particular areas of study. In this week’s newsletter, we connect you to the events and services that can help young people improve their skills and move past these challenges. Here are our top events’ for getting connected with like-minded people who can add value to your lives.

Help your child Ace their Exams!
The GT Scholars Ready, Set, Go workshop is back! On Saturday 14th March from 10am to 4pm at Goldsmiths University in London, we’ll be running our hugely popular workshop designed to improve study skills and exam technique. This full-day workshop aims to help young people excel at exams by improving their study skills, time management, and making use of growth mindset techniques. As usual, tickets for this workshop are on the waiting list with priority tickets for scholars on one of our programmes. You can find out more here.

Beyond A-levels
On Thursday 12th March Dunottar school will be hosting an event titled ‘Beyond A-levels’ from 6pm – 8pm for young people aged 16 -18 years at the school main hall in Reigate, Surrey. This free event will be presented by four guest speakers providing insight into alternatives to University such as, pursuing an alternative career, earn as you learn opportunities and making the most of work experience. Projects Abroad UK will also showcase the variety of volunteering, internship, adventure and ethical trips available with them. You can find out more here.

JLC Workshop: Debate and Public Speaking Skills
The Junior Lawyers’ Club will be running Saturday workshops and holiday clubs for children in age groups 8-11 and 11-14 at the Mansel Road Centre, Wimbledon. They teach the key skills of being a lawyer through fun, fast-paced activities and challenges. Each workshop is based on a different theme, developing an interest in a range of topics and confidence in public speaking. Workshops are led by a panel of skilled actors and lawyers. The upcoming event will be on Saturday, 28th March 2020 from 2pm – 3.25pm at a fee of £11. You can 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 – Bringing Skills to Life!

In The Know – Bringing Skills to Life!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With half-term over and exams just around the corner – now is the best time to get young people in the mindset of exam success! In this week’s newsletter, we’ve put together some workshops and skill-building events that will help students improve their skills and help them face any challenges ahead! Scroll down to find out more!

Help your child Ace their Exams!
The GT Scholars Ready, Set, Go workshop is back! On Saturday 14th March from 10am to 4pm at Goldsmiths University in London, we’ll be running our hugely popular workshop designed to improve study skills and exam technique. Exams can be one one of the greatest challenges that young people face and just like any other challenge, you can succeed by simply equipping yourself with the right tools, strategies and techniques. This full-day workshop aims to help young people excel at exams by improving study skills, time management, and making use of growth mindset techniques. As usual, tickets for this workshop will be released via the waiting list with priority tickets for scholars on one of our programmes. You can find out more here.

British Science week 2020
British Science Week takes place between 6-15 March 2020 for a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Events take place in a range of locations, from museums, schools and universities to shopping centres, business premises, libraries and theatres. The theme for this year is ‘Our diverse planet.’ The activity packs contain lots of activities on this theme for three different stages: early years, primary, and secondary covering topics like biological diversity, social diversity, to the diversity of knowledge. These packs aim to encourage young people to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world all around us. Find out more here.

Peckham Youth Market
Thinking of boosting your entrepreneurial skills? The Makeshift foundation is hosting ‘The Made in Peckham Youth Market’ where young people, between the ages of 16-25 are able to sell their services and products to the community at the Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane in London on Saturday 7th March 2020 from 1pm to 6pm. This event is a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to sell, network and receive information about Make Shift Foundation’s Business Basic Workshops which provides support to young business owners. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a social enterprise that provides tutoring, mentoring and enrichment to young people from a range of backgrounds. To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please get in touch with us via the website

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to support young people in tech?

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to support young people in tech?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Valentines Day! It’s the day of love and it seems that it’s also the day for pets!! Did you know that more than 9 million people are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day? I’d be curious to know what gifts people go out and buy? What would you look for? Would you wrap it up? Do you include a card? What’s the etiquette here? Oh well – the weekend is finally here and I’ve got a few things to share with you…


For the love of tech!
We’re planning to run a 6-month GirlMeetsCode programme for girls to help develop their coding skills and learn more about the opportunities available in this field. We’re looking for corporates who are interested in supporting programmes in tech. If you can help by introducing us to a contact in your network who might be interested in supporting the girls on this programme and partnering with us, feel free to send me a quick email!

More volunteer opportunities you’ll love!
Time is one of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to volunteering. Our schedules are full and we can quickly become swept away by the everyday hustle. Luckily, we have a few volunteer opportunities that don’t require a fixed-term commitment like with our volunteer tutor and mentor roles. There are still ways you can help this term and make a significant impact. To find out more about some of our quick and easy volunteer opportunities click here

Communication tips for volunteers!
To build a successful relationship with your tutee and mentee you’ll need great communication skills! Young people like to be heard and having a good line of communication between you and your scholar is invaluable. As a volunteer working with young people you really want to make the best of your sessions and make sure that they take in the knowledge and advice, you share with them. This blog on communication is really insightful and you can read the full post here.

Have a lovely weekend!

In The Know – Unity and Positivity!

In The Know – Unity and Positivity!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Positive thinking is the idea that you can better your life by merely thinking positive thoughts. The idea that optimism alone is enough to succeed is a challenge for young people who recognise that just thinking good thoughts cannot change the world or their future. This week’s events will shape positive attitudes into positive actions.

New Beginnings: Mother & Daughter Drama Workshop
Girl grounded London is hosting a London based drama workshop aimed at mothers and their 10-14-year-old daughters on Saturday, 22nd February 2020 from 10.15am to 11.45am at the Frampton Park Baptist Church. This event aims at exploring what it means to have a fresh start and identify areas in our lives where we can create new beginnings and set goals for ourselves. This fun, creative and inclusive workshop involves drama-based activities and discussions. Find out more here.

NewhamRising Youth Festival
The NewhamRising Youth Festival will be taking over the Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London, this half-term on 20th February 2020 from 2pm -6pm, with dance, music, fashion, debates and theatre. The festival has been produced by 10 young people aged 16-19 years old. NewhamRising will showcase both grassroots and established talent from the local area as well as across London. This free event is about the youth uniting for rewards and showing the world that we can come together for good. This event aims at positivity and unity and is for ages 10 – 18 years. Find out more here

A Sustainable Fashion Event
The Boiler House in London is joining the London Fashion Week for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd February 2020 from 11am to 6pm. At this free workshop, they will be working with upcycling practitioners. These practitioners will host workshops where you bring your old garments and upcycle them into new garments. The aim is to out actions and innovation for progress in the fashion industry at the forefront. This event is free and for young people aged 14 -18 years. Find out more here.

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