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Aims and activities

Programme aims

The aims of the Young Scholars Programe are to support children to:

  • Develop intellectual confidence, raise aspirations, consider future career options and participation in Higher Education (HE)
  • Enable identification of special abilities and talents of children, which in turn will enhance their self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhance the learning power of children by providing stimulating activities
  • Promote greater wellbeing of children which is strongly linked with increased achievement
  • Build cultural capital which is necessary for future success.

Intervention materials include the following elements:

  • Aspirations – introduce to career choices and possibilities
  • Talent search – focusing on multiple talents and passions
  • Communication skills
  • Provide reading materials with a range of texts and interactive activities
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Mathematics ‘learning together with parents’ – some parents may not be able to help their children with maths.  Around half of working-age adults have the numeracy level of a primary school child according to the charity National Numeracy.
  • Provision of knowledge of research and key aspects of wellbeing
  • Character building – resilience, grit, effort development of self-esteem
  • Early planning for university 

Activities 2020-2021

The Young Scholars Programme supports schools through a range of activities, talks and publications, also contributing to the professional knowledge of teachers, capacity building and local community engagement. 

  • A total of 1430 children were supported by providing readings and guidance materials based on the Triangle of success model which included 30 case studies of children
  • Following our workshops on problem-solving in mathematics for parents and children, many parents enrolled for maths courses for themselves.