Many papers have covered the detrimental effect ‘the lost years’ can have on a student and their academic achievement, citing dips in focus, attainment and drive in an education setting. If the lost years can be put to good use, students will be empowered and prepared for their GCSEs and could go on to attain a wider range as well as number of qualifications.
My Farmington Scholarship focused on equipping students with the necessary skills to access the GCSE material and be examined a Key Stage early. My presentation and paper draws on academic research, interaction with students and parents, as well as comparative work with other education establishments sitting the paper at the end of Key Stage 4. I hope the research will provide students with empowerment, focus and drive.