The franklin scholars beacon programme
How It Works:
The Franklin Scholars beacon programme for secondary schools, is built an evidence-based peer-mentoring programme and a standard in best practice.
Working closely with your school over a year-long programme, we support cohorts of older pupils - the Franklin Scholars - to become better learners while they tutor, mentor, and support younger pupils. These are typically Year 10 or Year 12 students.
We match the Franklin Scholars with vulnerable younger students (typically Year 7 or Year 9s), and set them up to lead weekly sessions that combine group activities, 1:1 academic support (literacy and numeracy focus areas available) and 1:1 mentoring.
Our programme helps develop young people's character – including resilience and confidence. In addition, our programme allows older students to engage in a meaningful social action project by volunteering one hour of their time each week (relevant to the Gatsby Benchmarks and to the Five
Foundations for Character Education).
Franklin Scholars participating in the beacon programme are able to complete their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Volunteering section through our programme. The experiences and the recognition gained through the programme can be useful for UCAS personal statements and National Records of Achievement.
We recruit Franklin Scholars through applications and interviews. Mentees are referred by teachers.
Franklin Scholars, mentees and staff Programme Leaders each receive targeted training from our team.
Pupils and staff have our year-round, on demand support with professional resources, regular contact, visits and events.
We connect pupils & staff with opportunities and events to raise aspirations and ensure on-going development and long-term impact.
Our programmes are:
TARGETED to support particular groups of vulnerable or underperforming pupils.
YEAR-LONG to ensure a deep and sustained impact on pupils.
LINKED TO ACADEMIC OUTCOMES with both literacy and numeracy focus areas, our programmes boost both mentors' and mentee's academic progress.
ALIGNED WITH THE OFSTED FRAMEWORK and help develop pupils' character – including resilience and confidence.
RELEVANT TO THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS so that pupils can participate in a meaningful social action project by volunteering one hour of their time a week.
PUPIL LED so that pupils grow as leaders of learning in their communities.
SUPPORTED BY IMMERSIVE TRAINING and PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES so that pupils are equipped to lead high-impact sessions without requiring significant input or planning from teaching staff.
RECOGNISED AND ENDORSED by a growing number of universities, employers, and youth organisations as we connect our pupils to opportunities and events to raise aspirations and ensure on-going development and achievement.
The Franklin Scholars are provided with a comprehensive toolkit to structure and support their work with mentees.
Carefully chosen texts and accompanying Franklin Scholars activity cards to meet a range of levels and abilities
for the Franklin Scholars to lead group activities focused on building core skills including confidence, focus and communication skills
SCRAPBOOKS and HANDBOOKS
to support the mentoring process, including goal setting and problem solving, and to encourage creativity and the development of self-esteem
Our literacy programme has been developed over five years in fifty schools across England. This year-long programme relates directly to the Y7 literacy curriculum (but can be adjusted for other year groups) while building in activities that help students develop important social and emotional skills. Our literacy curriculum can be selected as a stand-alone programme for 30 students or a double-programme for 60 students. Supported by an older student (a ‘Franklin Scholar’), the resources and structured sessions help mentees in their literacy skills while improving their transition into secondary school.
Our year-long numeracy programme works to improve student academic performance as well as a range of social and emotional skills. Our numeracy curriculum can be selected as a stand-alone programme for 30 students or a double-programme for 60 students. Supported by an older student (a ‘Franklin Scholar’), the resources and structured sessions help younger students develop the core number skills they’ll need to succeed in their maths lessons (the activities relate to the Y7 maths curriculum but can be adjusted to other year groups), and to make sure they have the proper baseline for their secondary school careers.
A year-round programme, the scope of impact grows as we continue to work with our partner schools year on year, and as Franklin Scholars becomes embedded in the school. If you'd like to hear more about how we can work with schools on a longer-term basis, please get in touch.