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One Degree Weekend Mentor Programme

One Degree is a mentoring charity that has been improving the academic performance and self-belief of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in London for 8 years. We believe an A-C grade in GCSE Maths and English are the

January 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: The Adnan Jaffery Educational Trust

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  • Need


    The cost of academic failure to our society is well documented by UNICEF, HM Prisons Service and the Department for Education. Failure results in lower social mobility, higher crime, unemployment and a fragmented society. The cost per person per year for someone not in education, employment or training (NEET) exceeds our One Degree per student budget 30 times over. Our current programme radius, within the borough of Brent, London, is an area failing to deliver a good standard of education.


    Volunteer mentors - regular learning leading up to student GSCE exams, embedding the skills, practice, planning, time-keeping, confidence required.

    Learning through technology – use of an iPad/tablet per student allowing fun, modern learning.

    Speakers – inspirational and motivational speakers help give students direction, ambition and aspiration.

    Sports – a variation of group activities to build bonding among the students and mentors.

    Food – fun, healthy food enables higher energy levels.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve GCSE English and Maths of 50 students per programme to an A-C grade.


    » We provide up to 5 hours of study time per day x 15 sessions with an emphasis on Maths and English.
    » Our small group ratio (1 mentor per 3 to 4 students) provides enough one on one support while still encouraging group work, opinion and participation.
    » One external (not affiliated to the student's school), fully qualified teacher per subject to provide mentor support and current curriculum knowledge.
    » In the final few sessions we run a series of mock exams to provide students with all the practice elements required for sitting a successful exam.

    What success will look like

    Grade improvements will demonstrate our success: through over 21000 hours of mentoring 400 students since 2009 we have improved an average predicted 25% pass rate to over 65%.

    Aim 2

    Improve confidence, well-being and self-esteem of 50 students per programme.


    » Inspirational speakers each session bridge the gap between what is available and what is possible.
    » Group and team sports and activities encourage motivation, competitiveness, and demonstrate the benefits of a balanced study/activity balance.
    » Role models in the form of past students acting as ambassadors come back to help with the programme. This demonstrates the success of programme.
    » One Degree provides independent evaluation of the students via a pre and post programme psychological survey.

    What success will look like

    Independent psychological evaluations conducted at the start and the end of each programme have recorded improvements in self-esteem, confidence, resilience and well-being.

  • Impact


    One Degree has proven success of grade improvements from a predicted 25% to 65% pass and independently evaluated psychological rating increase. Alumni have gone onto further studies and employment with additional academic skills learnt in time-keeping, discipline, concentration and planning. The ultimate long term effect of such a programme is the improved youth integration into their communities reducing the ‘not in employment, education or training’ (NEET) spend by government.


    Choosing the wrong students – One Degree interviews all students prior to acceptance on the programme to eliminate accepting students that do not wish to be included.

    Student indiscipline and disruption – working with tough schools and students means that indiscipline is a risk. Pre programme warm-up sessions helps to prepare and engage students.

    Difficult exam paper year – to prepare for this multiple samples of past papers are provided to aim to cover all scenarios.


    A quarterly report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans will then summaries targets and outcomes. At the end of August an email reporting student passes plus photos and an invite to our annual graduation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £51,464

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,185 Legal CRB/DBS checks, insurance and auditing
      £8,616 Catering Two healthy, hearty meals per day are essential to our programme model
      £5,000 Events Pre and post programme events for mentors and students
      £3,600 Tablets Technology is part of our learning formula and so an iPad per student is essential
      £25,393 Staffing CEO, Support teachers and ambassadors proved the programme with credibility and operations support
      £3,670 Other Transport, curriculum materials, sports equipment and training
  • Background


    Brent sits among the 10% of the most deprived boroughs in England according to the Child Well-being index. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is considerably higher than the national average.
    In addition to a shortage of quantity school places, Brent’s schools are failing to deliver a good standard of education. 10% of Brent’s secondary schools are below minimum standards standard of 40% GCSEs marked A*-C including English and Maths, compared to less than 5% nationally.


    The students – considerable academic and personal improvements as well as numerous contacts through mentors and speakers.

    The schools – improvement in classroom participation.

    The community – One Degree’s weekend programme means that fewer youth are engaging in unacceptable activities such as crime, gangs, drugs and alcohol.

    The mentors – our volunteers are rewarded by entering a world mostly unrepresented in their lives and with it a tremendous feel-good factor of active citizenship.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    One Degree has been working in Brent, London since 2009 and ideally placed to continue its valued relationship with the community. It has a history of school, business and community relationships and has become well respected within Brent.
    One of our schools, Crest Boys Academy, was nominated for ‘Most Improved School 2011'
    One Degree was nominated for ‘Excellence in Education Award’ by The Prince of Wales' Mosaic charity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Riaz Shah

    Charity chairman - Partner at EY with influential network support with the ability of attracting exciting inspirational speakers for the students.

    Asif Godall

    Charity trustee and mentor – Head of HSBC European Credit Trading, technology support and network of mentors within finance and banking in the city.

    Jabba Samson

    2009 programmeaAlumni and operational assistant

    Roger Wynne-Dyke

    Charity CEO - programme management with social enterprise experience.

What Big Give did for One Degree in 2015


This will enable 1 student to complete One Degree