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LSE Mentoring: Years 9-12

LSE Mentoring seeks to raise aspirations, improve confidence and help participants to become more motivated, focused and organised.

Mentoring gave me confidence and pushed me to do better in school
LSE Widening Participation mentee

The scheme can be of considerable benefit to the mentees as well as to their schools and colleges.

It aims to help mentees:

  • Improve their performance in key stage assessments and at GCSE and A Level
  • Raise their awareness of higher education opportunities
  • Acquire and develop study skills
  • Develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence and communication skills.

Who are the mentors?

Current LSE students, with prior experience of working with young people, are matched with students in schools across London. Potential mentors are put through a rigorous selection process, undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, and attend accredited training events to prepare them for their role. 

More information for LSE students

When and where does the scheme run?

Mentors are recruited in October from a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and normally spend an hour per week at a school or college in the Spring Term.

What activities are included?

Mentors visit students in their schools each week to discuss the progress of their studies and identify any areas in which pupils can improve, working through a series of structured objectives. Mentoring takes place in either group or one-to-one sessions.

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost to take part.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with LSE’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

Schools must be non-selective and state funded in order to be eligible for the Mentoring or Tutoring schemes. We will prioritise inner London state schools and colleges.

Please also see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and book?

Please email widening.participation@lse.ac.uk to register your interest.

"I have seen first-hand the transformation mentoring can make. LSE mentors are dynamic role models who make a positive impression on young people."

Maria Fearon, Mentor Co-ordinator at Southfields Academy