We believe that success is what your pupils say it is.
Whether it’s passing exams, going to university, or being welcomed onto an apprenticeship, we’re here to help them unleash their full potential.
Future Forward is a FREE and innovative mentoring scheme aimed at young people from Year 9 (summer term) – Year 13. It provides tailored, one-to-one support over a period of two or four years. Our main aim is guide young people with academic potential from widening participation backgrounds to achieve their goals, unlock their full potential and to open-up opportunities for their later lives.
(Previously the scheme was known as the ‘Norfolk Scholar’s Programme’, we have since relaunched this programme with an upgraded offering).
To achieve this, we work on a framework of 10 meta-skills related to their:
Personal development: confidence, organisation/planning skills, problem solving
Academic development: independent learning, research skills, reflective and critical thinking
Developing their aspirations for the future: motivation, exploring their options for the future and accessing higher education networks.
The programme achieves Gatsby Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education
In addition to developing a wide range of skills, young people will also benefit from:
Personalised ongoing one-to-one support over two or four years
The chance to meet like-minded young people from across Norfolk
A one grade reduction, or equivalent, in entry requirements for UEA degrees* if they complete two or more years of the scheme i.e. Years 10-13 or 12-13 (2022 entry onwards) and attend a significant amount of mentoring/Future Forward activities. For example, a typical course A-level offer of AAA would be reduced to AAB.
*With the exception of Medicine, Medicine with a Gateway Year, all Foundation Years, Social Work, Modern Language (T902) and Translation, Media and Modern Language (QP93) . All specific subject, GCSE and language requirements will still apply.
Mentoring and Coaching
Our experienced Student Learning Mentors meet on a one-to-one or group mentoring/coaching basis every three weeks during term time. Mentoring will be offered in-person and online. For pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11, we will work with schools to identify lessons which can be missed for mentoring and work caught up later.
For sixth form pupils, mentoring will take place during free or study periods.
During their session, young people work with their Learning Mentor on a particular goal(s) to achieve success. The Learning Mentor will take a coaching or mentoring approach (depending upon whether the young person has a clear goal already in mind) to support young people to work towards their goal(s) and the meta-skills which underpin our work. All sessions are bespoke and tailored to the needs of the young people.
Students joining the programme or continuing on the programme (Year 12s) will be invited to information events in June 2022 (Year 9) and September 2022 (Year 12).
Students will have the chance to attend a number of other events depending upon their year group including a summer residential in 2023 for students in Year 10 and 12.
Events provide young people with the opportunity to meet new, like-minded students from their school and others, and experience exciting new opportunities e.g. visit other universities (when possible) and to showcase their work on the programme.
Year 12 students can apply for up to £300 per individual towards the cost of participating in a activity helping to build their skills e.g. online or face-to-face course or work experience opportunity. This enables young people to cultivate their skills and meet other similar-minded individuals from across the country.
“I really recommend taking the grant offered as I was able to both expand my knowledge on varied areas of Law as well as develop key meta-skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and my overall planning skills.” - Year 12 student, 2022
Future Forward Award
Young people can plan, develop and deliver a project of interest led by them for their wider school community, e.g. science club. This fantastic opportunity equips young people with a multitude of skills and experiences, as well as the chance to develop their confidence and subject-specific knowledge. Their project will be awarded based on the number of hours recorded.
Our programme is tailored to the needs of young people, so we have a range of smaller bespoke projects to support them in their areas of interest. For example, our early entry project offers young people with aspirations to apply for Oxbridge and/or Medicine-related degrees support with writing their personal statement and interview preparation.
11 local Norfolk-based schools are currently signed up to the programme, with the aim of having 50 young people from each of the year groups participating in the programme.
Students who would benefit from the programme include those who would like to work on the skills required to help them prepare for the future. Students must be committed and motivated to be part of the programme too.