What we do - and the reasons behind it
Academy Achievers has built educational programs to face the challenges of the future. The courses about Robotics, gaming and Coding will give children the opportunity to make friends and learn new, innovative skills. Young people between 11-19 lead the setting of the agenda for meetings, liaising with other young people and choose activities based on their interests. Throughout the programs, our youth leaders act as change agents to help other young people to explore complex issues that are affecting them. They look at strategies that support and empower them within a safe environment, all this without making children feel isolated or threatened.
Our children and young people
Education should be for anybody. Every young person has the right to get the support, skills, and aspirations to realize their potential. Sadly, this is not the case for young people and young women from disadvantaged, low-income areas in the UK who suffer from the highest rates of educational inequality. Statistics show that high ability students from low-income backgrounds do not fulfill their academic potential. Bright but poor pupils in England and Scotland (in the top 10% of achievement nationally, but the lowest quarter socio-economically) are substantially behind bright well-off pupils academically – a gap of around 2 years and 8 months (Sutton Trust, 2017).
These students also miss out on University enrolment and careers. The 2014 Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report found that the most advantaged children are 6 times more likely to go to a University than the most disadvantaged ones. In addition, those from low-income backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be unemployed.
Our programs are meant to change these statistics and offer informal educational programs for everybody. We work with young people who are eligible for free school meals, or who attend schools with higher than average levels of free school meals.
Our small group sessions
Our activity tutors build a nurturing relationship with their children and young people by working with the same 10 students each week.
The evidence in the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit (2014) states that smaller groups allow for more sustained engagement from pupils. It was also proven that work that is more closely matched to a learner’s needs will bring better results and more effective feedback
Our expert teachers and tutors
At Academy Achievers we are 100% committed to quality. Ofsted’s 2012/2013 Annual Report makes clear that stronger teaching comes from experienced teachers. There is also an EEF report that shows that the quality of teaching increases the effectiveness of the small groups. With this in mind, our teachers and tutors are all qualified experts, with years of experience in schools. We have a rigorous recruitment process, ongoing support, and regular appraisals, to maintain our teaching standards and keep improving.
We know from our work since 2006, that many qualified teachers who leave the formal education system are still passionate about education and want to continue to enrich young people’s lives. Academy Achievers enables these expert teachers and tutors to use their qualifications and experience. In addition, they will give a personalized support to hundreds of children and young people from low-income backgrounds.
Academy Achievers has specialised classes in Robotics, Gaming, and Coding Activities, which are underpinned by numeracy and literacy. These programs are carefully tailored by expert tutors and teachers to meet students’ needs. Working in collaboration with primary, secondary and home schools, the sessions are selected on the Academy Achievers programs. Our partner schools identify the needs of the youngsters and create a program theme:
- a) Study skills, confidence, and aspirations
- b) Subject-specific
- c) Study skills and revision
Each program runs up to 28 weeks. It includes an introductory session for parents and guardians and a final graduation week. Our tutors then provide individual support to their small group of four students, tailoring sessions to help them reach their potential.