We are a charity called One Degree, made up of teachers, education specialists and professionals, which provides small-group mentoring to GCSE students in London. The charity offers low performers personalised support and inspirational role models, encouraging them to believe in themselves and aim higher.
Over the past six years, we have worked with over 300 pupils below the floor standards for educational attainment, and helped them improve their GCSE performance from 25% predicted passes to 65% actual passes. Our pupils also recorded improvements in self-esteem, confidence, resilience and well-being, based on independent psychological evaluations conducted before and after each programme.
This experience has given us an understanding of the barriers to educational attainment, and how to overcome them. It has convinced us of the importance of a personalised, inspirational and connected approach to education. We want to bring this experience to One Degree Academy, to transform the lives of even more young people in London.
Check out the short video below to hear what our pupils say about the One Degree programme.