The Impact

We help pupils develop important social and emotional skills and improve progress in school through strong peer support relationships.


School-specific impact reports

At the end of a programme, we provide all our partner schools with an Ofsted-ready report detailing the impact of the programme on attitudes to learning, social and emotional development, and academic progress.



Progress at School

More pupils make expected progress and above expected progress on the Franklin Scholars programme than otherwise - this includes both the mentor and the mentee. The programme is found to narrow the gap between Pupil Premium students and their peers.


Attitudes to Learning

Participants report a strong jump in academic attitudes, especially amongst younger students being mentored.


What the Parents Think

96% of parents think that Franklin Scholars has had a positive impact on their child.


Gatsby Benchmarks

Relevant to the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Five Foundations of Character Education, our beacon programme in secondary schools allows older students (the ‘Franklin Scholars’) to engage in a meaningful social action project by volunteering one hour of their time each week as a peer mentor. Our programme is particularly relevant to Gatsby Benchmarks n. 5, 6, and 7.

Interview Experiences

All Franklin Scholars are recruited through an online application and a short face-to-face interview. For most young people, this will be their first interview experience, so we support them by providing hints, tips and plenty of encouragement. All candidates, whether they are successful or not, receive personalised written feedback on their application to help them improve in the future.

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Franklin Scholars participating in the beacon programme are able to complete their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Volunteering section through our programme. While completing your DofE programme with us, you will develop new skills, expand your knowledge, become more confident in working with new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers within the Franklin Scholars cohort in your school. Your experiences and the recognition that you gain could also be useful for UCAS personal statements and National Records of Achievement.


Aligned with the new Ofsted framework, our peer support programmes - built around the power of developmental relationships - can work with a range of year groups and help develop young people's character, including resilience and confidence.


Students show particularly strong progress in levels of:

  • Resilience

  • Leadership

  • Perseverance

  • Confidence

  • Communication Skills



At the end of every year, we bring together as many Franklin Scholars as possible from around the country, to celebrate their achievements and their commitment to helping others in their schools. Here are some of our highlights from the 2018 event.


Our programme is grounded in best practice and evidence of what works. The combination of literacy-focused peer tutoring, and regular feedback from a consistent, trained and trusted peer contributes to "an impressive impact on pupils' academic progress, self-esteem and leadership skills" (B. Carney, Head Teacher, The Grange School)


We are always looking to improve the evidence base supporting our programme. To help us better understand how our programme benefits young people, we will be running a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) in select partner schools during the 19/20 academic year. This study, which is funded in part by Nesta, will allow us to better understand the impact of our programme on students’ academic performance as well as social and emotional skills and habits development.


Our programmes are always evolving! Read our past impact reports, below.