One of the biggest challenges that teachers are facing today is keeping underachieving boys in year 10 and 11 motivated and engaged.
The statistics across the country show that boys at this age are underperforming in comparison to girls.
Schools have responded to this gap in attainment by providing various kinds of interventions, some that have made a difference and some that haven’t.
Emerge Leadership, and established education company based in Birmingham in the UK has been successfully running 6 week mentoring programmes in schools around the Midlands for boys of this age. The mentoring programme is called ‘Equipped to Succeed’.
The programme was originally ran in prisons with serious offenders before an adapted version for under achieving students was rolled out in schools in September 2014 and has made a great impact.
The programme is delivered by the founder of Emerge Leadership, Errol Lawson and his team. Errol has an interesting story of being involved in gangs as a teen, and having turned his life around to become an author, pastor and serial entrepreneur.
Errol has a unique ability to connect with students and challenge and transform their thinking. He knows what it’s like to be in there shoes and he knows what it takes to turn it around.
Topics covered in the ‘Equipped to succeed’ programme include: Goal setting, Self esteem, relationships, Study skills, building resilience and much more.