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The Empower Programme

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Date: Date TBC

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The Empower Programme aims to improve the metacognition of young men and close the gender attainment gap in GCSE outcomes between young men and women.

  • Attainment Raising
  • Improve Disengagement
  • Boost Confidence

What will the session cover?

The focus of The Empower Programme is to increase students’ academic self-efficacy, motivation and resilience. It also provides students with the opportunity to gain a renewed sense of belonging within education by actively setting specific and realistic personal and educational goals. The programme also covers some of the current issues facing young men in several ways, such as introducing students to a number of positive male role models and engaging in open discussions. The interactive programme allows students to practice the theories they learn in a practical way by actively encouraging them to use their voice and listen to others’ views. Students will take part in 3 workshops. Each workshop, delivered by trained SUN staff, is approximately 2 hours long (the equivalent of 2 consecutive lessons).


PSHE FRAMEWORK: Health & wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World

DELIVERY OPTIONS: Delivered in person as 3 x 2 hour workshops. We recommend leaving a gap of a couple of weeks between each workshop to allow consolidation time for the students.

Who is it for?

YEAR GROUP: Suitable for (Years 9-10)

TARGET COHORTS: Male (The Empower Programme is targeted at young men who have the potential to progress but who are currently not doing so for whatever reason. Students should also be Uni Connect students or receiving free school meals)

SUGGESTED COHORT SIZE: Maximum 20 students

Getting the group right:

Please use the below as a guide for selecting students to be part of the programme.

– Students should have the ability and desire to achieve their academic targets, although they may not currently be doing so.

– Students might be low in confidence, disengaged, or beginning to disengage, in education.

– Students should have some desire to be in education.

– The group shouldn’t be 20 of the most behavioural challenging students in the year.

– Students should have some desire to be in education

Further Information

We also hope to undertake some detailed evaluation as part of the programme and will discuss this with you within the booking process.