Reading charity to work with more schools in area


A London-based charity which seeks to support bright, disadvantaged young people to achieve their full potential is set to provide services in more Thurrock schools from September.
TalentEd, which already works with three schools in the area, will double the number on its books once the new school term begins at the start of September.
Ortu Gable Hall School in Stanford-le-Hope and Ockendon Academy in Ockendon along with, Woodlands School in Basildon will all benefit from TalentEd’s small group tutoring provision delivered by expert teachers and former teachers.
The trio will join three other schools which already benefit from the charity’s services.
These are The Gateway Academy in Grays and St Clere’s School and Hassenbrook Academy in Stanford-le-Hope.
Matthew Roberts, the charity’s Director, said: “We are very excited to expand our provision to more schools in Essex and to help more bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Following on from our success in Grays and Stanford-le-Hope, we look forward to working with more high-ability pupils over the coming months to help them achieve their full potential.
“On the cusp of the new school year, we’re optimistic about what the future holds for TalentEd, for the students we help and for our talented teams of experienced teachers and former teachers working in schools across the UK.”
According to studies carried out by educational charity the Sutton Trust, high-ability students from advantaged backgrounds are on average two years and eight months ahead of equally bright pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
To combat this attainment gap and help to level the playing field, TalentEd provides one-year programmes offering bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds weekly small group sessions to develop confidence, aspirations and study skills.

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The sessions are led by teachers and former teachers local to the area, some of whom have moved on to other professions or retired but wish to continue to support students.
The charity has seen great success with students at one school who were participating in the TalentEd scheme scored twice as many A and A* grades at GCSE as those who weren’t participating.
Last year in Essex, 40 bright students participated in the programme across 3 schools with seven times more pupils found themselves seriously thinking about higher education following participation in the programme.


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