ABOUT Franklin Scholars


We want to help every pupil to succeed in school.

To do this, we recruit and train a cohort of older Franklin Scholars to provide a year-round programme of support to boost, strengthen and stretch younger pupils, typically in their first year of secondary school.

Since 2013, Franklin Scholars has worked with over 50 secondary schools across England to provide in-school literacy and numeracy peer mentoring programmes. Based in London, we have now worked in seven regions across the country.

Our programmes typically involve year-long commitments, though we also offer compressed programmes and one-day training options. Our signature programmes often involve Year 10 Franklin Scholars mentoring Year 7 students struggling in the transition to secondary school. However, we also offer peer mentoring programmes for other year groups - including Year 12 students mentoring Year 9 students, and students in secondary schools mentoring those in primary schools - depending on your school's circumstances.

Why we do it

Lost in Transition

We know that the transition from primary to secondary education is a big leap for many pupils, and how they navigate this transition is a strong predictor of future success.

One-to-one tutoring is a reliable way to build skills and raise attainment, but is inaccessible to most pupils.  

When One Teaches, Two Learn

We think the solution exists in every school. For every pupil looking to progress in school, there is an older student who is very well placed to help. We connect these students and give them the skills, the tools and resources to boost each others' progress, confidence and wellbeing.

While the Franklin Scholars support a younger student, they themselves develop a sense of purpose, self-worth and responsibility. They build empathy, communication and leadership skills. And they become more focused in their own learning as they get ready for a crucial period in their own education.