Concerns over student debt for poorest students

The Sutton Trust’s Independent Commission on Fees have recently produced a report exploring the upcoming changes to university funding and found that poorest students will be left with higher debts than students from better off families which are partly financially supported by their families.

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Helen Robinson
Success at a North London School

Bridge Builders Mentoring are pleased to announce recent evidence of their impact working with year 11 pupils at a London-based school.  It was found that, between January and May 2015, young men engaged with the Bridge Builders’ mentoring programme improved their grades by an average of almost ¾ of a grade across all of their subjects.  This represents a 67% higher than average gain across all year 11 students at this particular school over the same period.

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Helen Robinson
Apprenticeships to be legally protected

The government have announced plans to legally protect apprenticeships, it was revealed over the weekend.  This means that the term ‘apprenticeship’ can no longer be abused or undervalued and will be given equal legal treatment as degrees.

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Helen Robinson
Poorer children perceived as less able by teachers

Yesterday, 9th June 2015, The Guardian published an article drawing on recent research from the University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Education.  This research found that teachers often perceive pupils from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds as less able than their peers and, as a result, they may be unconsciously marked down in internal assessments at school.

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Helen Robinson
Apprenticeships In Britain Today

The BBC have reported that the apprenticeship system in Britain is ‘failing’ to address youth unemployment and requires a radical reform in order to become more effective.  The Local Government Association (LGA) have recently published a study which found that 42% of all apprenticeships created in the last five years have gone to people aged over 25 and that that focus of such apprenticeships is therefore on training workers already established within a company rather than helping unemployed young people into work.

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Helen Robinson
Apprenticeships In Britain Today

The BBC have reported that the apprenticeship system in Britain is ‘failing’ to address youth unemployment and requires a radical reform in order to become more effective.  The Local Government Association (LGA) have recently published a study which found that 42% of all apprenticeships created in the last five years have gone to people aged over 25 and that that focus of such apprenticeships is therefore on training workers already established within a company rather than helping unemployed young people into work.

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Helen Robinson
Skills Gap Amongst Young Britons

The OECD’s 2015 Skills Outlook report was published yesterday (27th May).  The OECD’s Skills Outlook reports on the acquisition of skills amongst young people in OECD countries and comments upon the transition of those young people into employment and their impact upon the national economy.  A summary and the full report can both be accessed here.

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Helen Robinson
Economic costs of underachievement at school

Last week the Guardian published an article identifying the economic costs of current underachievement in school.  The research, based on work undertaken by the OECD, found that the UK economy could be boosted by ‘billions of pounds a year’ if underachievement amongst youngsters at schools was reduced.

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Helen Robinson
The Sutton Trust’s Social Mobility Index

Research published by the Sutton Trust in mid-April 2015 identifies a crucial geographical disparity in the life chances of disadvantaged young people.  They found that children from deprived socio-economic backgrounds who grow up in London or the South East are more likely to succeed in life than those born elsewhere in England.

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Helen Robinson
Labour promise individual careers advice for every secondary school pupil

The Labour Party have promised that, should they form the next British government, they will guarantee that all secondary school pupils will receive face-to-face, individual careers advice and guidance.  They claim that current careers advice in schools is all too often simply directing pupils to online resources and that face-to-face meetings with careers advisors are essential for supporting young people into a career.

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Helen Robinson
Mentoring for Schools Survey

Mentoring is a widely used development tool and school-based mentoring is becoming increasingly popular. Studies have shown that the right mentoring programme can really benefit the development of pupils, particularly those from poor socio-economic backgrounds. Here at Bridge Builders Mentoring, we are keen to know what those who work in schools think about mentoring so that we can offer schools the best programmes for their pupils.

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Helen Robinson