A-Level Prep Mentoring

The difference between GSCE and A Level is significant and can be a cause of surprise and anxiety for many students starting in Year 12. Exacerbating this situation has been the sudden and unforeseen closure of schools due to the pandemic.

In response, the team have developed a project to support year 11s to help them prepare for the change in learning and coursework as they transition to A-Levels. By offering a subject specific on-line small group mentoring programme, our handpicked Student Ambassadors could engage and mentor a small cohort selected by the school.

We are currently running 6 programmes for 40 students across 2 schools using Google Classroom. The students are completing assignments on a weekly basis that will help them prepare to answer an A level exam question at the end of the programme. This includes researching, reading, annotating, critical thinking, essay building and summarising. They also have the opportunity to chat as a group about education and the ambassadors are providing information, advice and guidance throughout. Most students are also using this connection to understand more about University and other Higher Education choices.

Pre-evaluation has already taken place and we are monitoring engagement weekly. Early indications show a positive response from the students, good engagement with our Student Ambassadors and the projects being set, and a keenness to learn.

The project has also been well received by the schools: “…the sessions have been really great, they are really happy and are really thankful for the opportunity you are giving our students” … “thanks HEON, lovely job” (Assistant Head Teacher, Christ’s College, Guildford)