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.'
Perhaps you suspect your child has some learning difficulty and you would like advice on what you should do. Or perhaps it is becoming clear that your child's current school is not working for him or her, and you need help to find a mainstream school which has better SEN provision, or to find a special school which will best cater for your child's area of need. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+.
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