After a successful first year, I’m delighted that our ‘Move On, Move Up’ programme has returned to once again help students in Doncaster achieve their full potential in the upcoming exams.
The scheme aims to build a bright future for our young people by enhancing the great support already provided by schools. This includes offering incentivised extra revision and study sessions and specially designed study guides which will be made available to both students and parents.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “I’m delighted that ‘Move On, Move Up’ is returning for 2017. It’s vital that we give young people in Doncaster the platform and motivation to achieve their full potential and I believe this scheme helps do just that. Our schools already provide fantastic support, but with this little bit extra we hope to make results day the best it can be for all of our students.
“In its first year, ‘Move On, Move Up’ proved to be a huge success, over 250 people attended at least one session and every one of them said that they had found it useful. I’m sure that young people across Doncaster will once again take advantage of the extra opportunities we’re providing to help them get the best grades they can. It was great to see more students in Doncaster achieve the aim of 5 A* – C grades in 2016 compared to the previous year, and I hope we see that number rise again in 2017.
“Doncaster has an incredibly bright future. We’re attracting more and more investment and businesses thanks to projects like the iPort, the Urban Centre Masterplan and The National College for High Speed Rail, which is set to open in September. These are just some of the great upcoming opportunities in our town and it’s important that we give young people the skills and qualifications they need to take advantage of them.”
Last year the scheme held an extra 31 weekend study sessions across the borough; following on from this success, the sessions will be rolled out again for 2017. Each one will be facilitated by Qualified Learning Mentors and designed to support the ongoing work already taking place in schools across Doncaster. Parents are also encouraged to attend with their children as a way of better understanding the important support they can offer at home.
More leisure incentives will also be on offer for those who attend sessions, not only to encourage increased involvement but to provide much needed relief during a stressful time. Last year’s rewards included leisure passes for free skating or swimming and tickets to watch Doncaster Rovers.
Study booklets will again be made available to students offering guidance on preparing for revision, dealing with the stress of exam season and making the whole process as productive as possible. Parents will have access to a similar booklet designed to offer advice on how best to support their child and their emotional needs ahead of those all-important exams. These guides will be posted out to all Year 11 students (over 3,000 across Doncaster) but will also be made available to download via the ‘Move On, Move Up’ page on Doncaster Council’s website.
The ‘Move On, Move Up’ webpage (www.doncaster.gov.uk/momu) will be available for support, information and details of all the rewards on offer for those attending study sessions. This will work alongside the official Twitter page (@DonnyMoMu), which allows young people to keep up to date with what’s happening and interact with the scheme.
Building on last year’s success, the Move On, Move Up programme is being extended to enhance the support for even more young people in Doncaster. It will now include offers for our 10 and 11 year olds busy preparing for their Key Stage 2 SATS tests in May, before they make the move to secondary school in September. This is part of the ‘Raising Aspiration and Achievement Strategy’ focusing on improving outcomes at Key Stage 2, particularly in reading. Plans include offering free ICT resources and study sessions in a range of venues across the borough.
The ‘Move On, Move Up’ initiative is once again being well supported by partners across Doncaster. All 17 secondary schools in the borough have engaged positively with the programme along with Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster Libraries; with young people being reminded that they are able to use libraries across the borough as a place to study and revise.
55% of Doncaster pupils aged 16 achieved the Department for Education benchmark of 5 A*- C including English and Mathematics last year, up from 50% in 2015. Those results meant that Doncaster was ranked 118th out of 152 nationally, again up from 132nd in 2015.