One Degree of change.
One lifetime of possibilities
One Degree mentors and empowers students from disadvantaged backgrounds by developing their
self-belief and transforming their academic performance
Mentor for us
Volunteers are the heart of One Degree. These mentors, ambassadors and teachers give up their weekends to work with students that are quite often brushed aside in their communities or schools. In return for giving these young people direction and support, our volunteers experience first-hand what it means to make a tangible difference in the lives of students that may have been left behind otherwise.
Besides volunteering, there are many ways in which individuals and businesses can support our cause. One Degree can be integrated into companies’ existing Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. Sponsorship can also take the form of collaboration and partnership. We have made it simple for anyone to make an online donation too – every bit of support makes an impact.
We believe that A to C grades in Maths and English, together with huge doses of self-belief, are the passports that will change the life direction of our youth. Our weekly sessions, which run for eight weeks twice a year, are worthwhile, fun and full of great people. This experience is guaranteed to benefit students both academically and personally as they participate, work hard and have fun.
“One of our pupils was predicted a mid-D grade at the start of One Degree. He achieved a B in English which, considering all the government reforms, is remarkable.”
One Degree English Teacher
“As Maths teachers, we noted an increased engagement from the students involved in One Degree. Students who had never before considered themselves as likely candidates for GCSE success now realised that it was within reach.”
Crest Academy Maths Teacher
“They work in close alignment with the school and offer the boys a structured, fun programme that boosts their exam performance. This year, there was a clear step up from the boys who were involved in 1D as exam season approached.”
Newman Catholic College Head Teacher
“Of all the charities I have worked with, One Degree makes the most direct and measurable impact.”
One Degree Patron
“My students are now more attentive, considerate and, for the first time, are fully focused in their exams.”
Woodside High School Teacher
“Mentoring for One Degree is fun and rewarding. An emotional journey seeing what the students go through.”
One Degree Mentor
“Since 2009 we have constantly achieved a 35-40% improvement in grades. In 2013, this meant a transformation from a predicted pass rate of 25% to an actual pass rate of 65% and in 2016 and 2017 actual pass rates of 77% and 70% respectively. This improvement was down to an average attendance of 95% on our programme. After a few sessions, our students want to be there.”
One Degree Chairman
“You have really transformed my life and my relationships with people. I feel like I have got two families now.”
One Degree Student
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