Bridge Builders ‘Breakthrough Report’

‘Breakthrough: A Report on Creating a Better Path for Boys from Disadvantaged Backgrounds’

Today, Bridge Builders Mentoring launched its report examining the underachievement of males in the UK as well as its own recommendations for change. It discusses this issue within the context  of a changing job market which by 2022 will see a huge decrease in ‘blue-collar’ jobs. This is a fact the report predicts will further add to the gap between disadvantaged boys and their peers.

The report puts great emphasis upon the role of parents in light of the recent finding that 80 per cent of a child’s academic success is decided outside of the classroom. To do this, the report recommends the use of incentives. The report suggests that:

  • Parents should practice reading at home with their children where possible. The report outlines a number of schemes and incentives which can be put in place in order to fulfil this recommendations. Most notably it suggests the implementation of a ‘Summer School Reading Scheme’ in which those eligible for the Pupil Premium Allowance can attend school during the summer to develop their reading skills. This is a scheme which would be entirely funded by the Pupil Premium Allowance.
  • Parents should participate with their children in leisure time activities. Attending museums, galleries and even opera can increase the future earning potential of a child. This should be incentivised by the use of vouchers.
  • Parents should have better contact with schools in order to create unity of support and discipline for their child.

The report further recommends the reintroduction of the compulsory work experience placement as part of the school curriculum and suggests providing mentors from the professional world to Pupil Premium entitled students.

Finally, the report looks at the work of Bridge Builders Mentoring scheme. It finds that the use of male professionals to act as mentors, inspirational speakers etc. for young boys from disadvantaged backgrounds works successfully in improving grades, attendance, behaviour and attitude.


Download your copy of the report here

For more information about Bridge Builders Mentoring, please call 0333 200 4703 or email  Bridge Builders Mentoring’s website can be found at here (

Helen Robinson