Vision: enable our children to become independent and resilient learners so they can lead the lives they want.

Mission: tackle educational disadvantage by helping pupils from low-income backgrounds challenge for university.


The destination is a society in which every child can reach adulthood capable, safe and prepared to succeed in modern Britain. If we are to achieve that, we must be ruthlessly focused on the parts of the system that are not doing well enough for children and learners.
— Ofsted, December 2017

                                Facts & Figures 

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The Problem

Currently, too many high-potential children do not fulfil their academic potential. It's clear that we are a long way off from a level-playing field in social mobility and access to university. Right now, the seven percent of the population who attend an independent school are still wildly over-represented in top universities and professions. When any young person shows the potential to secure a place at a top university they require support to turn this outcome into a reality. To achieve this they need developed skills that are valued by universities.

National data shows that too many of the most able students at state schools are still being let down by barriers that stand in the way of them benefiting from a wealth of opportunity afforded to the most advantaged. While schools are providing high academic standards, this is not enough for many pupils to attain places at university.

Attending university isn't just about having the right grades - young people need to develop their cultural capital, confidence, and learn resilience as a wider part of learning. At CoachBright, we want our pupils to become independent and resilient to ensure they'll thrive in higher education and beyond.

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Why Coaching?

At CoachBright, we believe that training our volunteers as academic coaches equips them with the listening, empathetic, communication and academic skills that will best give our pupils the space to explore their individual approach to independent study. Developing a unique 1-1 working relationship with their coach is something that our pupils particularly enjoy, as sessions feel personalised and familiar. 

One of the most important elements of coaching is that it is not simply about providing pupils with the answers. Whilst tutoring an academic activity is a large part of the session, the coaching environment ensures that pupils explore their academic reality proactively and in a self-directed manner of learning.