Is Education in England going Backwards?


9th October 2013

A major new study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has produced some worrying results for the UK’s economic future. People aged 16-24 England scored 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 economically developed countries. An even more unsettling fact is that England is the only country in the study where results are not advancing – grandchildren have the same literacy and numeracy skills as their grandparents, regardless of their official qualification haul.

Read the full story on the BBC.

These are generalised figures for the sample taken, and in reality, those from poorer socio-economic backgrounds may be even further behind. 36% of pupils on Free School Meals do not achieve good English and maths GCSEs, the basic skills required for them to engage in further studies and a successful career. The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme provides a platform for boys from poor socio-economic background to buck the trend and re-focus their attention on achieving their full potential, by providing mentors who have done just that.

Contact us today to find out more about the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme.

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Contact Us

Bridge Builders Mentoring
3 Ivy Mews

Charity Number: 1158629

0333 200 4703

National Coordinator - Val Bunker

Our mission

At Bridge Builders Mentoring, we believe that the gap between young men from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their full potential is never too large to overcome. Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme provides young men the opportunity to gain additional support and guidance from adult mentors from professional backgrounds, who are experienced in life and work. Together, they can define, explore and overcome the problems that are so often associated with a low economic background.

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is a charity providing low cost services for young men. Any donations are greatly needed and appreciated. We rely on the support of our corporate sponsors and generous individuals to keep our work running and enable us to change the lives of young men throughout the UK.
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