The Social Problem: By the age of 11 in Yr6 at primary school, two children who are both highly able will have very different chances in life depending on their socio-economic background. There is a huge achievement gap between the haves and have-nots in education generally, but it is least addressed in high ability children. By the time that it is, it is too late.
The Solution: The programme offers early intervention for highly able children from low socioeconomic backgrounds in Year 7 and Year 8 during a crucial transitional phase between primary and secondary school onwards. Currently nothing else tackles the social problem identified through an initial and then continuing intervention at this age.
The Model: On the transition summer camp, we bring together highly able children from low socio-economic backgrounds with university students. We provide a research based approach based on proven strategies to develop mentees’ higher order thinking skills, relational intelligence, character strengths and the realisation of their potential.
Impact: Our vision is that highly able children from low socio-economic backgrounds achieve the same academic success and personal fulfilment as their more privileged peers at secondary school onwards.