What we do – and the reasons behind it.
Academy Achievers specialise in robotics and coding activities, giving children and young people aged 11-19 the opportunity to make friends and learn new skills that help set them up for success in the future. The students lead on setting the agenda for meetings, liaising with other young people, choosing activities of interest and organising termly trips. Throughout the programmes, our youth leaders act as change agents to help young people explore complex issues affecting them. They look at strategies that support and empower them within a safe environment, without them feeling isolated or threaten.
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Our Children and Young people
Every young person should have the support, skills and aspirations to realise their potential. Sadly, this is not the case for young people from disadvantage, low income areas in the UK and educational inequality is highest amongst these young people.
High ability students from low income backgrounds do not fulfil 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 and careers. The 2014 Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report tells us that the most advantaged children are 6 times more likely to go to university than the most disadvantaged. In addition, those from low income backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be unemployed.
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.
Academy Achievers small group session
Academy Achievers Activity tutors build a nurturing relationship with their children and young people of the same 10 students each week.
The evidence in the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit (2014) states that smaller groups allows for more sustained engagement from pupils and work that is more closely matched to learners’ needs which builds 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, while the 2014 EEF evidence shows the quality of teaching increases the effectiveness of the small group. 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. A 2015 DfE report states that there are 43,000 teachers leaving the profession each year.
Academy Achievers enables these expert teachers and tutors to use their qualifications and experience to give hundreds of children and young people from low-income backgrounds personalised support.
Academy Achievers specialise in robotics, virtual reality and coding activities, which are underpinned by numeracy and literacy. These programmes are tailored to the needs of the individual by expert tutors and teachers. Working in collaboration with primary, secondary and home schools, the sessions are selected on the Academy Achievers programmes. Our partner schools identify the needs of their cohort and choose a programme theme:
a) Study skills, confidence and aspirations
b) Subject specific
c) Study skills and revision
Each programme runs up to 21 weeks including an introductory session for parents and guardians and a final graduation week. An example of the specific sessions can be seen here. Our tutors then provide individual support to their small group of four students, tailoring sessions to help them reach their potential.