The Homework Club is our Hero Project for Engaging the Next Generation.
Research had shown many young people in our area did not have a quiet place at home to study. In response to this, we launched an innovative pilot scheme working with Eurostar to provide young people from Maria Fidelis Sixth Form with an inspiring place to do their homework after school. In September 2017, we expanded the programme with LNER and was thus able to offer not just a quiet place but also individual tuition in subjects including French, History, Maths and Physics as well as dedicated masterclasses run by local businesses.
In September 2018, Springer Nature also came onboard, allowing the reach of The Homework Club to expand even further. With over 100 volunteers from member businesses, tuition to help students now covers a huge array of subjects now including German, Geography, Politics and Chemistry and personal statements for UCAS applications.Occasionally, host businesses also give short presentations at the start of the study session, so the students can learn more about the company, the career opportunities available as well as the specific skills required to work there, to help with future employment.
In November 2018, The Homework Club secured the Highly Commended status for the Best CSR Initiative at the CorpComms Awards, a brilliant achievement for all of those involved. To read more about the award click here.
Going forward in 2019, we plan to expand The Homework Club even further to include more of our member businesses and to provide masterclasses on specific subjects and topics that students may be struggling with.
Currently the programme, which engages with over 50 students a week, runs as follows:
Time: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Activity: Quiet Space for students to study
Host: Eurostar and Springer Nature
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
Activity: Quiet Space for students to study and individual tuition
If you would like to know more about The Homework Club, or how to get involved please contact us on [email protected].