Evaluation of the Villiers Park Scholars Programme

Gazeley, Louise, Jacklin, Angela, Sebba, Judy and Aynsley, Sarah (2012) Evaluation of the Villiers Park Scholars Programme. Project Report. Villiers Park Educational Trust.

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An evaluation of the Villiers Park Scholars Programme was carried out by Louise Gazeley, Judy Sebba, Sarah Aynsley and Angela Jacklin from the Department of Education at the University of Sussex between 2009 and 2011.

The Villiers Park Scholars Programme identified young people from less advantaged backgrounds who displayed high academic potential and sought to improve their chances of gaining entry to 'centres of excellence at leading universities'.

The evaluating team focused on tracking the impact of the programme on its first cohorts of scholars over a two year period. A multi-site case study approach was adopted for which data was collected in three phases for each of the 10 participating institutions.

The main impact at school level related to improvements in the identification of high potential. Analysis of the quantitaive data showed Year 11 scholars in three schools performing favourably at GCSE level in relation to the top 25 per cent of their peer group. Feedback from the scholars themselves indicated that the mentoring they had received had contributed to changes in their academic and study skills that contributed to improved attainment.

Staff, parents and scholars all felt that changes in the performance of identified scholars was seen in their motivation, self-esteem and confidence in particular. Greater impact was seen in relation to Year 11 scholars and those without a parent who had been to university. Staff and scholars also considered that the programme had improved scholars' knowledge of higher education.

Analysis of the destinations data for Year 13 scholars revealed that around half of those for whom data was available took up places in 'leading' universities. Scholars who did not have a parent who went to university were found to be more likely to say that their involvement in the programme had changed their future plane.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Project Report)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
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Depositing User: Louise Gazeley
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 13:41
Last Modified: 16 May 2013 13:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21458

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