Joe Hallgarten: A new deal for our struggling 14-19 year olds


9th May 2023

Writing in the FT Adviser on the 9th May 2023, CfEY’s CEO, Joe Hallgarten, proposes a new deal for every struggling 14 year old to have a learning mentor up to the age of 19 years old, to support them both academically and pastorally.

Informed by our current review for the Education Endowment Foundation on post-16 re-sits practice, Joe suggests that we redirect unspent funding from the National Tutoring Programme to invest in a high quality tutoring and mentoring offer for every struggling 14-19 year old.

CfEY previously laid out five golden rules for successful mentoring in our 2018 report ‘Forging futures through mentoring for the Children’s Commissioner.

This work also recommended that mentoring programmes are “well-versed in current evidence”, “evaluated as rigorously as possible”, and “adhere to the central concepts of relationship duration and support for mentors”.