FF recruits and trains university students to deliver a one-to-one coaching programme to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme consists of eight one-hour sessions and provides one-to-one contact throughout. As well as building a close relationship with their coach, every pupil uses Skype to interview professional experts from their two top career choices, bringing those careers to life.
Pupils and coaches work through four distinct phases, exploring their aspirations and career options in depth. The aim is that pupils should discover careers that ignite their individual drive and change the way they engage with their education.
Coaches provide assertive mentoring with a specific focus chosen by the school: promoting aspiration, attendance or attainment. Pupils complete the programme with a detailed academic plan showing the targets they have set for themselves to reach their first choice of career.
FF works in schools serving pupils from low income backgrounds, and says 'we know that these pupils do not lack high aspiration. What they do lack is the guidance, information and experiences to allow them to realise their career aspirations. We believe that every child deserves the chance to explore their unique aspirations, discover a career that ignites their individual drive and have their aspirations guided by a committed individual.'
Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.
Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield.
Identifying different kinds of special educational needs
Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome.
Just as special needs are hard to…
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Counties such as Kent or Buckinghamshire are ‘selective authorities’ and most families will have at least one grammar school close to where they live. Elsewhere, for example in Reading or Kingston-on-Thames, there are just one or two grammar schools and competition for places at these is ferocious.
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