01 Mar Study Skills Support
Here at A2i, we are more than aware of the difficulty that those who have Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and/or Dyscalculia face, not just in their day-to-day life, but in the academic world as well. It can be hard in both school and university when you face additional challenges to the other students around you. This is only highlighted when confronted with teachers that are ill-equipped to deal with your needs. With our Study Skills Support programme, it is our aim to get help to those who need it most, in the places that they need it most. This is a six-month programme in which we want to extend a helping hand to those, especially within the BAME community, who might be struggling or falling behind.
Who Can We Help?
This has been a particularly trying time for everyone. With COVID-19 forcing the country to go into lockdown, none have suffered more than young people who still need their education. Whilst the adults have been working from home, the kids have been learning from home. Even in the classroom we all need a bit of help, but when your teacher is coming at you through Zoom it isn’t always as easy to get their attention. That’s not to mention the fact that Dyslexia can be a hereditary trait, meaning parents could have it as well. Since it’s currently up to parents to help their children with any problems, when the parent also has the same condition there can be a real issue with getting the correct level of assistance required.
Originally we were only aiming this project at those in the BAME community, but considering the impact that this pandemic has had on all who live with these conditions, we wanted to open it out to those who need it. Therefore, our backers have allowed us to open this scheme to all who want to apply. There will still be some criteria to adhere to (mentioned below), but otherwise, we want to hear from you.
Still, with this project we do want to try and help the BAME community at large as much as possible. Those in the BAME community are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Not only that, but due to a variety of socio-economic factors many BAME pupils fall behind in educational settings. Mixed White and Black Caribbean, and Black Caribbean pupils have high exclusion rates, both nearly three times as likely to be permanently excluded compared with White British pupils. Black students are also one and a half times more likely to drop out of university due to a range of social, cultural, and structural factors.
Therefore, we want to aim this scheme at young people in the BAME communities and beyond aged 12 and above who have Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, or Dyscalculia. It will be for those young people who are at school or university, initially prioritising those who have exams coming up this year.
How Can We Help?
Getting private tuition and help in study can be a big expense that not every family can support. There is also a distinct lack of support available in schools, colleges, and even some universities. Therefore, our study skills support will be completely free for those in the program, so that we can help regardless of means. The Study Skills Support will be running for six months, having begun on the 25th of January this year, and ending on the 28th of June. We will be offering five sessions a week for that period, with a cap of five sessions per person if we are over-subscribed. That way we can support up to 24 young people in their education. We have trained and experienced tutors who can help with the specialised requirements of the young people that we aim to be helping.
The program is well under way but there is still plenty of time to sign up and get involved. If you, or someone you know, could directly benefit from this then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and be considered. We want to help.
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