The children selected are considered to have potential to achieve five A-C grades at GCSE, though likely to be helped by an academic top-up. They may have difficult home circumstances or come from families where there is little history of academic achievement.
The scheme is sponsored by the Brewers Trust, who contribute £30,000 per year. It appears to work – in 2001/2002, 29 out of 30 students completed the scheme successfully, and 70% recorded five A-C grades at GCSE.
The programme explores how a partnership between a college and two secondary schools is having a huge impact on educational achievement in one London borough, and looks at the implications of the scheme being introduced elsewhere.