Mentor Development Day

We recently ran a Mentor Development Day, hosted by our fantastic corporate partner Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The focus of the day was to enrich the mentor experience, which we achieved by inviting experts from outside Bridge Builders to address topics related to mentoring work. Existing Bridge Builders mentors and schools shared their experiences.

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Helen Robinson
Mentoring for Schools Survey

Mentoring is a widely used development tool and school-based mentoring is becoming increasingly popular. Studies have shown that the right mentoring programme can really benefit the development of pupils, particularly those from poor socio-economic backgrounds. Here at Bridge Builders Mentoring, we are keen to know what those who work in schools think about mentoring so that we can offer schools the best programmes for their pupils.

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Helen Robinson
Why your organisation should be volunteering with young people

Are you a HR or L&D director looking for a new way to enhance the communication, confidence, and creativity of your employees? As part of their Learning to Work programme, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have just released a very interesting report into employee development through community action. This report looks the benefits of volunteering programmes for youths from the other side – that of the volunteer – and, through interviews with participants from 13 different schemes, they have compiled a list of benefits to the individual and organisation alike.

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Helen Robinson
Top 10 Killer Facts on Social Mobility by the Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust is a think-tank which aims to improve social mobility through education, and has so far invested over £40 million in its projects and papers along with its partners. Here is a list of 10 “Killer Facts” on Social Mobility compiled by a Sutton Trust blogger. They are facts and stats that have stood the test of time and are useful for all organisations who strive to improve social mobility.

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Helen Robinson
Lack of Home Computer Access a Barrier to Learning

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.

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Harsh Criticism for Prison Education

The standards of education and training in prisons have been severely criticised by education watchdog Ofsted at their annual lecture. This year’s lecture is focussed on reducing the high re-offending rates – 72% in juveniles and 50% in adult prisoners – and education is recognised as a key factor.

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Helen Robinson
New Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme launches for September

Here at the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme we are very excited about the imminent launch of the programme in two new schools this fortnight. Mentoring training sessions with our new volunteer mentor recruits have been held in Stratford and Somerset and the first mentoring sessions with mentees are due to take place over the next couple of weeks. The calibre of mentors we have is excellent, and all are very keen to get started. Watch this space!

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Helen Robinson
Is Education in England going Backwards?

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.

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Helen Robinson