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

 

In the Know – Get hands-on this October!

In the Know – Get hands-on this October!

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Building hands-on, practical skills such as design, photography and drawing, opens a wide world of opportunities for young people. These skills build creativity and critical thinking, allowing young people to become more adept at coming up with creative solutions to any problem they face. Here are a few activities coming up this month that are perfect for developing these practical skills.

Create! Sustainable Design
The V&A Museum is running a sustainable design workshop for young people between the ages of 13 to 15. Led by professionals from award-winning industrial design agency, Morrama, young people will work according to a design brief where they will design sustainable solutions for an object that is interacted with on a daily basis, such as a smartphone. They will also learn more about mood boards, sketching and making models. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 26th October from 11am. Find out more here

Photojournalism Classes
The Photojournalism Hub is running a series of free photojournalism classes for young people between the ages of 14 to 18. Some of the topics covered will include learning how to take a good exposed photograph, planning and structuring a photo story, and street photography. If your child has a passion for telling a story with images, for photography, and for advocating for social change, these classes will be perfect for them. The first class will be taking place on Thursday 10th October from 4pm at The Invention Rooms. Find out more here

Art and Art History Workshop
Drawing Room is running a free workshop exploring how artists and architects throughout history have expressed important concepts such as identity and time. Led by professional artists and educators, this workshop will allow young people to experiment with materials to create a 2D or 3D mixed-media artwork inspired by various artists. Suitable for young people aged 15 to 18, this workshop will be taking place on Saturday 12th October from 10am. 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.

In the Know – Your future begins now!

In the Know – Your future begins now!

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Early preparation is key if your child is thinking about going to university! So, with this week’s fun and informative activities, your child will get to immerse themselves in university life while also receiving all the support and advice they need to reach their university aspirations.

UCL It’s All Academic Festival 2019
UCL is one of the leading universities in the world. They are running a free interactive festival packed full of talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, workshops, interactive stands, exhibitions and tours. This will give young people the chance to go behind the scenes at UCL, quiz leading academics and get hands-on with some of their most exciting researchers. The festival will be taking place on Saturday 5th October from 10am to 4pm at UCL. Find out more here

US-UK Fulbright Commission – Study in the USA Seminar
The US-UK Fulbright Commission together with EducationUSA is running an informative seminar about studying in the USA. This free event will help young people and their parents to learn more about the undergraduate admissions process, admissions exams, how to choose the right institution, and scholarship opportunities. The seminar will be taking place on Tuesday 8th October from 5pm to 7pm at the University of Notre Dame. Find out more here

Royal Holloway Personal Statement Workshop
Royal Holloway, University of London is running a free personal statement workshop for young people in Year 12 and 13. A professional from their Student Recruitment and Admissions team will guide attendees through writing a perfect personal statement, revealing exactly what admissions tutors are looking for when reading an application. The day will also include a Campus Tour led by their student ambassador team. This workshop will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd October from 11am to 3pm at Royal Holloway. 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.

In the Know – Fantastic opportunities for aspiring filmmakers!

In the Know – Fantastic opportunities for aspiring filmmakers!

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Filmmaking is a fantastic way for young people to develop their creative skills and express themselves. It also offers the chance to explore many fascinating careers in a wide range of industries, from film and cinema to marketing and advertising to tech design. Here are a few opportunities for young people to learn more about filmmaking and develop new skills.  

Make a Film in a Weekend
Bell House is running a 2-day filmmaking weekend for young people, aged 15-18. From story generation and acting for screen to lighting design and film editing, attendees will get to experience the process of creating a short movie while working collaboratively alongside a professional director. Bursary places are available on request. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September. Find out more here

Emerging Filmmakers Day
As part of the Raindance Film Festival, budding creators aged 16 to 18 are welcome to take part in a free full-day filmmaking workshop. Tailored to give you some practical insight into how to make it in the industry and to further broaden your horizons, the day will include a film screening, Q&A, and skills workshops hosted by top industry professionals. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 28th September from 9.30am at Vue Cinema London – Piccadilly. Find out more here

Directing Commercials Masterclass
SAE Institute London welcomes filmmaker, Tatenda Jamera, who will be hosting a masterclass on directing commercials and the art of storytelling in 30 seconds. Tatenda, who has worked on set with the likes of Mary J Blige, Olly Murs, and Robin Thicke, will talk about his background as a filmmaker, show examples of his work, explain how to do a treatment, and give attendees advice about how to make their own films. This free workshop for young people aged 16 to 18 will be taking place on Tuesday 24th September from 5.30pm. 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.

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

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National Coding Week is taking place from Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September. It is the perfect opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of coding and computer science! In this week’s newsletter, we have a few coding-related activities and resources that will have them building new skills, exploring new careers, and having loads of fun while learning.

Game Design Workshops
SAE Creative Media Institute is running two free game design workshops for young people between the ages of 16 and 18. The first workshop will be taking place on Tuesday 17th September and will teach attendees how to make a mobile game with Unity. The second workshop, taking place on Thursday 19th September, will teach attendees how to make a 2D game in 10 easy steps. Both workshops will be taking place from 6.30pm at their SAE London campus. Find out more here

Python Coding Workshop
The Software Academy is running a free Python coding workshop for young people between the ages of 11 and 16. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of coding using Python, one of the world’s most famous coding languages that’s gaining more popularity every day. It will be delivered in a fully-equipped computer lab, geared by industry level hardware and software, on Sunday 22nd September from 1pm. Find out more here.

Grasshopper App
Grasshopper makes learning coding easy with this easy-to-use app! Created by a team of passionate coders from Google’s workshop for experimental products, this app was created to make it possible for everyone to learn coding. The app offers fun, quick lessons that teach young people how to write real JavaScript. As you develop your abilities, you move through progressively challenging levels, and by the final level, you graduate with fundamental programming skills for your next step as a coder. This free app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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 – Explore your creative side!

In the Know – Explore your creative side!

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Creative skills are important for any career field. They teach your child to think out of the box so that they come up with creative and innovative solutions to any task at hand. Here are a few activities that will give your child the opportunity to explore their creative side and develop useful skills.

CreateInsights: Design Thinking
The V&A Museum’s youth collective, CreateVoice, is running a workshop for 16 to 18 year olds to learn more about the design world and gain valuable industry insights. This free event will be hosted in collaboration with award-winning design and innovation agency, Seymourpowell, who has worked with big brands such as Virgin Galactic, Ford, Google, Pepsi and Cadbury. This workshop is taking place on Friday 20th September from 6.30pm. Find out more here

Lone Design Club
As part of London Fashion Week, Lone Design Club is running a free exhibition that will uncover the best in up & coming independent designers. Young people will get to immerse themselves in the world of the designer by meeting the designers behind the brands and accessing insightful presentations and talks on topics such as sustainable fashion and fashion in the gaming sector. The exhibition will be taking place from Monday 9th September to Sunday 22nd September in Covent Garden. Find out more here

Image-ine Photography Workshops
The Free Space Project, a charity supporting arts and community initiatives, is running a free three-week photography workshop programme for young people between the ages of 16 to 18. The workshops will be run by artist, Antonia Attwood, who will encourage participants to explore their creative side through experimental photographic processes. The workshops will take place on Wednesday 11th, 18th and 25th September from 6.30pm at the Kentish Town Health Centre. 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.

In the Know – STEM events to activate your learning!

In the Know – STEM events to activate your learning!

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With the new school year fast approaching, we want to help young people to get their brains into gear through learning new things and developing new skills. This week’s activities will also give them more chances to explore the fascinating world of science and technology and rewarding careers in STEM.

Kano Explorers
Kano Computing is offering young people a chance to try new things and explore what the future might look like. They will be running a two-hour workshop every Thursday at Kano HQ in London where young people will get to explore coding with light, sound, and motion, make art and learn how computers work. These workshops filled with fun, fact-finding, and experimentation are for young people between the ages of 11 to 14. Find out more here.

Exploring Our Solar System
Dr Imogen Gingell, a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at Imperial College London, will be running a workshop on exploring our magnetic solar system. She will introduce past, present and future spacecraft in NASA and ESA’s fleet, and answer questions like: Is there ever sound in space, can a solar flare be dangerous for humans, and why do the Northern Lights happen? Suitable for young people aged 16 to 18, this workshop will be taking place on Wednesday 11th September from 6pm at Westminster Reference Library. Find out more here.

Code Club @ Sutton Central Library
Code Club works with a global community of volunteers, educators, and partners to run free coding clubs where 11 to 13-year-olds can build and share their ideas. Their next interactive coding workshop will about learning how to make animations, websites and games using Scratch, HTML/CSS and Python software. The workshops will take place every Thursday this September from 4pm at Sutton Central Library. 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.

In the Know – Learn new digital and media skills!

In the Know – Learn new digital and media skills!

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According to the Digital Marketing Institute, companies across all industries have digitized their operations and processes. This means that jobseekers require specialised digital and media skills such as content and video production to help them stand out from the crowd. Here are a few upcoming activities that will help your child improve their digital and media skills. 

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Chocolate Films Workshops, a social enterprise film production company, are running free filmmaking workshops in stop-motion animation for young people from 11 to 16. Attendees will be trained by professional filmmakers using professional filmmaking equipment in story development, craft making, animating and editing the animation film. This workshop is taking place on Thursday 29th August 2019 at the Tachbrook Social Club in Westminster. Find out more here

Music Production Workshop
Peabody Young People Services is running a free music production and spoken word workshop for young people between the ages of 11 to 18. Young people will learn how to express themselves in a new way through music, while also learning new skills to produce their own track! The workshop is taking place on Tuesday 27th August 2019 at the Fulham Palace Road Community Centre. Find out more here

Photography Workshop
Park Cameras is running a free photography workshop with award-winning photographer, Hannah Couzens. During the workshop, Hannah will describe the stories behind a whole range of different portrait shots to help inspire your child and provide some tips & tricks that they can take away to try out themselves. This workshop is suitable for young people aged 16 to 18 and will be taking place on Friday 30th August 2019 at the Park Cameras London Store. 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.

Spotlight on one of our young scholars – Ladan

Spotlight on one of our young scholars – Ladan

Growth mindset Private tuition Success stories What's new? Young people

Please tell us a bit about yourself
I’m fifteen and am in Year 10. I love subjects like history as I’ve always enjoyed learning about interesting events such as The Cold War since I was little. I also enjoy learning science, especially experiments.

What does being on the programme mean to you?
I see being on the programme as a really lucky opportunity to be able to develop myself as a whole, not just as a student but as someone with a more flexible mindset that can approach most tasks with an open mind.

How has GT Scholars helped you to improve yourself?
They’ve helped me think more about my future and how I can strive to improve what’s really important to me such as my academics or way of thinking. I’ve seen a great improvement in maths and I’ve moved up from foundation grade to higher grade and also reached my target grade. With mentoring, I’ve grown a lot and I’m more confident than before and my mentor has helped me to choose subjects that align with my interests.

What were your tutor and mentor like? How did this help?
My tutor Janet has helped me improve significantly in maths which honestly, is a subject that I’ve struggled with but now I enjoy the subject and am improving greatly. My mentor Sulina was really kind and I managed to learn about her career and more about the vast educational opportunities in London. For example, I used to be reluctant about IB because of all the stigma around it but as I learnt more about it I think I am more open to applying to IB next year.

Have your grades changed since being on the programme? Did you improve in any of the subjects at school?
My grades have really improved in Maths, classwork comes more easily to me now, so my teacher often gives me more challenging tasks and it’s lead to me achieving higher grades in a subject I was once not doing so well in.

What was the best thing that your tutor taught you?
My tutor helped me learn more effective time management skills. She helped me put into place more concrete methods in my exams, like the mark a minute technique that really helped me, especially since I practised it during our sessions and in homework.

How will you apply what you have learnt during the programme to your future?
My dislike for maths has honestly gone down and I genuinely enjoy the subject sometimes, so I think the likelihood that I may choose economics as an A-Level has increased.

What Parents Need To Know About State Boarding Schools In England

What Parents Need To Know About State Boarding Schools In England

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With state-of-the-art facilities, highly-qualified teachers and a wide range of extracurricular activities, boarding schools in England are among the most prestigious and sought-after in the world. In addition, young people who attended boarding schools frequently go on to study at top-ranked universities.

However, boarding schools can be really expensive. Fees vary widely from school to school, but the average boarding fees per term for pupils at boarding schools across the prep, senior and sixth-form age groups in 2016 was £10,317. This makes it really difficult for young people from low-income homes to access a boarding school education. 

But there is good news! In England, there are at least 38 state-funded boarding schools that offer the full boarding school experience at a fraction of the cost. Normally, these schools will offer tuition for free, and parents will just need to pay for boarding, which can be as little as £4,000 a term. This means that young people from various socio-economic backgrounds are able to attend a boarding school if they wish. Here are a few reasons why parents need to know about state boarding schools in England.

Stability
A boarding school offers your child a stable environment that is conducive to learning. Many young people who travel to and from school struggle with focusing at school, understanding difficult topics, and getting homework and assignments done. A boarding school works around such challenges by providing ongoing, often individual, support and attention that can ensure that your child feels completely supported in their learning. This makes it easier for them to reach their academic and attainment goals.

Path to university
The learning environment and highly-qualified staff at boarding schools make it easier for young people to reach their attainment goals so that they can get into university. However, it extends beyond their attainment as boarding schools also offer specialised university support for their students that will help them with the application process and securing their place in the university of their choice. As a result, boarding schools often have high numbers of pupils who go on to attend top universities across the country. 

Personal development
Boarding schools directly and indirectly promote the personal development of your child. A recent survey from The Association of British Boarding Schools revealed that 70% of students believe boarding school has helped them develop self-discipline, maturity, and independence, as well as valuable critical-thinking skills. Being away from home gives them the space to develop their independence and responsibility, which makes it easier for them to adjust when they leave school. They can also develop other valuable soft skills such as time management, leadership and self-confidence, which will help them in their future.

Social development
Living in away from home with like-minded, highly motivated individuals with similar goals and ambitions, young people will be able to form strong connections with classmates from different backgrounds all over the world and establish friendships that last long after they leave school. This is important for developing their interpersonal skills which makes them into well-rounded and self-confident individuals. Interpersonal skills are valuable in the workplace and in social settings and it makes them more personable, easygoing and it boosts their self-esteem. 

Extracurricular activities
Boarding schools in England offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and opportunities. With hundreds of clubs and activities, boarding schools offer much more compared to local schools, from various sporting disciplines to cultural pursuits like music and art. Being exposed to this diverse range of extracurricular options encourages students to try things they never would have before, helping them to develop their range of interests and grow into more well-rounded individuals. This diversifies their experience and skills, which makes their CV stand out when applying to university or for a job.

As you can see, boarding schools offer a wealth of benefits for young people and with state boarding schools, many more young people are able to access these benefits. There are also a variety of options for different age groups and either mixed or single-gender schools. So if you would like your child to attend a boarding school, find out more about state boarding schools in England 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.