SHAPING FUTURES

The Pate’s Grammar School Shaping Futures Programme is a social mobility initiative that works in partnership with like-minded grammar schools across the country, and their local primary schools, to further equal opportunities.

Socio-economic gaps distinguished between early years learners in the UK widens most considerably between the ages of 7 and 14.¹ Subsequently, future educational success is strongly correlated by an individual’s level of attainment at the age of 11, highlighting the important of primary-age interventions in reducing attainment gaps and promoting growth mindset.²

Therefore, the aim of Shaping Futures is to nationally widen horizons of opportunity for primary students, to raise ambitions and provide the knowledge and skills to support progress toward their future aspirations. Shaping Futures works alongside primary experts to nurture the aspirations of able, underrepresented students, so that they are supported in reaching their full potential; be that within a grammar school or beyond.

The Shaping Futures programme’s core purpose is to:

Promote equal opportunities, regardless of socio-economic background, by widening access to Grammar Schools for Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium + children by providing a unique combination of ³:

  • Additional academic support
  • Guidance on the knowledge, skills, and characteristics required to achieve future goals
  • Activities to support pupils to develop self-esteem, motivation for learning or self-efficacy
  • Opportunities for pupils to encounter new experiences and settings

MEET THE MENTORS

The Shaping Futures programme also serves as an opportunity to develop and refine the leadership skills of secondary school students, through the creation of mentorship roles. The Shaping Futures mentor role instils a strong awareness of social responsibility within students, which they carry forward in their future endeavours. Mentors play an important role in encouraging and motivating students on the Shaping Futures programme, by building effective and meaningful relationships through; face-to-face academic interventions, 11+ support and personal development activities/trips, which is delivered over an extended period of time.

Mentor 2

"Supporting the Year 5 students has been a very enjoyable experience. They are very friendly and enthusiastic to learn."

Vishay Jeeto

"Creating a positive attitude toward learning and providing a friendly inclusive environment is essential for children to give their all to be the best they can possibly be."

Vishay Jeeto

"I chose to get involved in the Shaping Futures programme as I wanted to inspire younger students to learn in fun and interactive ways."

Vishay Jeeto

"It has been really rewarding to see just how much all of them have grown and gained confidence."

Meg Ellicott

"The best part of Shaping Futures has been building relationships with the Year 5 students."

Meg Ellicott

"Mentoring the Year 5 pupils has taught me the importance of having patience when teaching. Every child is unique, and they all need different levels of support."

Aleyna Akkas

"The best of Shaping Futures is seeing the excitement in the Year 5 students’ faces. Every day, I witness their improvements and celebrate with them."

Aleyna Akkas

"I was studied for the Grammar Entrance Test without any guidance or any support. I completely know how every small help makes a huge difference in shaping the future of everybody’s life."

Aleyna Akkas