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Mentoring initiative raises GCSE grades

28/02/2014 Joanna
A mentoring programme has drastically increased the percentage of pupils who achieved five A*-C grade GCSEs.

The charity ReachOut ran the initiative in deprived areas in Manchester and London for students in Key Stages two and four, according to Education Today.

In the 2012/13 school year, 84 per cent of the pupils in the programme got A*-C grades in maths and English as well as at least three other subjects, compared to the national average of just 61 per cent.

For year six, 76 per cent nationwide generally attain at least a level four grading in maths, reading and writing, whereas for those involved in the ReachOut initiative, that figure rose to 84 per cent.

Xavier Bosch, chief executive of ReachOut, said: "We are really proud that these results show our mentoring programme works.

"ReachOut doesn't target high achievers, young people with severe learning difficulties, those involved in antisocial behaviour or a particular ethnic or religious group.

"Instead we offer long-term preventative intervention to those young people who often get overlooked, the wider population of young people in communities where academic achievement, economic prosperity and aspiration are low."

He added that there was still a lot of work to be done to raise aspirations in disadvantaged communities around the country.

Mr Bosch believes that investing in character development and competence will allow pupils to develop the skills and resilience needed to meet those high standards.

He also stated that key leaders in government are beginning to realise that schools play a crucial role in character development, as it shouldn't be separated from educational achievement.

Those involved in the programme are more likely to go on to further education, added Mr Bosch.

The charity ReachOut is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and works with exclusively with young people in Manchester and London.

Students who are struggling at school are offered a personal mentor to help them work on skills, including maths, writing and communication, as well as developing personal qualities such as self-control, good judgement and raising aspirations.

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