student progress tracked with published reports

 

How our model works

We believe a young person’s prospects should be determined by their ability, not their household income and we are working hard to close the attainment and aspiration gap, which has further widened post Covid-19. Through our innovative approach to tackling educational inequality, we ensure students exceed their academic targets, are engaged in their learning, show improved confidence, resilience and focus and can work to develop their knowledge and understanding of their core subjects, all whilst securing psychological safety.

D.I.P

Diversity and inclusion Programme

We partner with private and state schools to bridge the attainment and aspiration gap between both sectors.

We work closely with state schools to identify students who have the potential to achieve academic success, but nonetheless, face barriers to learning.

WE HAVE TWO INTAKE PERIODS:

September (for the whole academic year)

January (for half of the academic year)

The process:

Pre-visit:

  1. Ten students are selected from the state school (and ten ‘buddies’ from the private school)
  2. Relevant documents, including parent consent and attainment baseline information are collected
  3. Each student fills in the pre-visit questionnaire; answering specific questions to document their PERSONAL starting points, in terms of hard and soft skills, this helps us to measure impact and progress
  4. A day visit to the partner private school is arranged

The visit:

  1. At the private school the state school students:
  • are paired with their buddy
  • actively join formal lessons
  • have breakfast/lunch/dinner (depending on the duration of the visit)
  • join after school clubs/activities
  • spend time in the student dorms
  • have an end-of-visit (motivational) speech from the headteacher
  1. Whilst students are in lessons, the programme supervisors from the state school, private school and AA Educates create formal documentation for programme overview, including tuition timetables and name volunteer teachers who will tutor. 

Post-visit:

  1. State and private school students are encouraged to stay in their buddy pairing to continue fortnightly open dialogue via video conference or their preferred social platform. Students can discuss topics such as; who inspires them? What their goals are? Etc. With hopes that they can continue to learn from each other, sharing their different life experiences and outlooks.
  2. State school students receive invitations from the private school (via video conferencing) to join remote masterclasses, debate clubs, academic after-school clubs and inspirational talks. This provides state school students with ‘in the room’ access to private extra-curricular activities.
  3. Students also receive career advice from the careers team at the private school (where possible).
  4. Each state school student receives fortnightly 1 hour mentoring sessions from AA Educates mentors.
  5. We keep private education going, with state school students receiving fortnightly tuition from teachers at the private school, who kindly volunteer their time to support the programme. Students receive 1 hour of online tuition covering English, Maths and Science. The students are expected to stay in school to access resources to complete sessions. The sessions are monitored by a member of staff, who also tracks attendance and punctuality. 
  6. The second part of the school swap is arranged, seeing private school students spending a day in the state school.
  7. Students have breakfast at The Wolseley (Mayfair); for the end of the mentorship trip, where they are treated to an inspirational talk from a guest speaker. 
  8. End of programme data (in various forms, including comparative) is collected, analysed and measured. 
  9. Each student completes an end of programme questionnaire; answering specific questions to document their personal overall progress made.