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Promoting Potential: Years 8-9

Promoting Potential supports boys from African-Caribbean backgrounds to learn about student life and the subjects available at university.

Since ‘graduating from LSE’, El-Hajj regularly researches college and university courses and has identified where he wants to continue his studies
Nia Bellot

LSE’s Promoting Potential scheme aims to stimulate interest in the social sciences as well as encourage excitement and debate, support formal and informal learning and reach new audiences less engaged with higher education. 

When and where does the scheme run?

The scheme takes place at LSE for three days over the Easter holidays, with two top-up days later in the year. It is non-residential and runs from 10am to 3.30pm each day.

What activities are included?

Participants have the opportunity to learn from LSE academics, meet current students and gain an insight into studying at university.

The scheme consists of: 

  • Interactive social science workshops and taster sessions 
  • Opportunities to interact with students from LSE’s African-Caribbean Society
  • Personal branding and motivational workshops
  • An off-site workplace visit – such as to a bank, law firm or court. 

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost to attend. Lunch is available free of charge each day, all course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded at the end of the three days and each top-up day.

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?

There are 50 places in 2018 available for African and Caribbean heritage boys in year 8 who are attending a non-selective London state school, and who are expected to achieve at least five A*-B grades at GCSE. Please also see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications will be open from January 2018; please check this page or email ard.promotingpotential@lse.ac.uk for more information. 

"The benefits have been endless and El-Hajj’s confidence is now sky high. Since ‘graduating from LSE’, he regularly researches college and university courses and has identified where he wants to continue his studies.

He is now enrolled with an IntoUniversity homework club to enhance his learning. Most importantly, El-Hajj has a sense of pride, having experienced this wonderful opportunity."

Nia Bellot, parent of El-Hajj James, Year 8, Promoting Potential participant