The Prince’s Trust have published a report that shows just how many young people in the UK leave school without the appropriate level of qualifications, which leaves them feeling discouraged and hopeless. You can read the full report here: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/pdf/abandoned-ambitions-web-Aug2013.pdf. You can read the BBC article on the report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23667965
The report urges both public and private sectors to engage with school leavers to ensure that they are given enough opportunities to be successful in life, even if they leave school without GCSE qualifications.
One standout point from the report is that 29% of young people who left school with fewer than 5 GCSE’s say that “family problems made it difficult to concentrate on homework.” What this communicates to us here at XLM, is just how important a holistic approach is in any young person’s education, and just how vital having a mentor is to young people who are struggling with life. There are countless stories from XLM London of young people who were on the verge of leaving school or being excluded with no qualifications who had complicated home situations – but when they joined XL Mentoring, they were able to turn their trajectory around and focus on their education.
For those of you who are thinking of working with school leavers, or those in year 10/11, we would encourage you to read this report and even use it in your pitch to local schools. We believe that mentoring can play a big part in giving hope to this ‘hopeless’ generation.
The XLM Team