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Exploring the Impact, Efficacy and Scalability of First Star Academy, St Mary’s: The story so far

Date:
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Time:
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

Hosted by the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA).

First Star Academy St Mary's is an intensive, long-term programme at St. Mary's University to improve the educational chances of children in care.

The project works with a cohort of looked after children who join when they are 13-14 years old and supports them through campus-based residential summer schools and monthly Saturday sessions through their GCSEs and their post-16 education.

The project, which is currently half-way through its pilot cohort, aims to support their education and provide a sense of belonging in Higher Education. A team within CREMCYA at the university was commissioned to evaluate the impact and efficacy of the First Star Academy pilot, thus far, and make recommendations for its up-scaling.

This seminar reports on the findings of that report, published this month.

About the speaker

Dr Sumi Hollingworth is a freelance researcher, writer and sociologist, who is currently working with colleagues at St Mary's University, Twickenham, to evaluate the First Star Academies project.

Sumi's expertise lies in researching educational inequalities, and the experiences of marginalised children and young people. For twelve years she worked in university academic research in London and undertook a PhD in the Sociology of Education.

She blogs about community, identity, parenting and education for social justice at Waiting for the machine to stop. She is a Visiting Researcher at the Migration Research Centre (MiReKoc) at Koç University in Istanbul.

She is currently working with colleagues at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, to evaluate the First Star Academies project.

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Date:
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Time:
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

Find out more

For more information about this event please email conferences@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8219.

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