Lack of Home Computer Access a Barrier to Learning

14 January 2014:

Lack of computer access at home has been identified as a barrier to learning and achievement, and pupils on Free School Meals are most likely to be affected. Figures from campaign group, Mind the Gap, say 500,000 children have no home internet and this is affecting their education and performance.

The groups again pointed out the correlation between poverty and poorer academic results: only 37% of children in England eligible for FSM got an A*-C grade in Maths and English GCSE, compared with 63% of all other children.

Mind the Gap will encourage schools to use part of the pupil premium to buy equipment and pay for broadband connections. A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “It is vital that we do all we can the close the unacceptable gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. That is why we introduced the pupil premium – worth £2.5bn a year from this April. Schools are free to use the pupil premium in ways which they think will most help disadvantaged children.”

Another way in which pupil premium can be put to good use is providing targeted training and mentoring for young males in particular. Bridge Builders Mentoring provides a range of workshops, high quality mentors from business and opportunities for work experience. These help develop the skills of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds so they can raise their aspirations.

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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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