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Promoting Potential Programme(Year 8)

Applications for the LSE Promoting Potential Programme are now closed.

The programme provides 50 places for boys from African-Caribbean backgrounds to learn about the range of subjects available to them at university.

The programme aims to stimulate interest in the social sciences as well as encourage excitement and debate, support formal and informal learning and reach new audiences not normally engaged with higher education.

The course is non-residential, runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm each day and there is no cost to the pupil. Lunch is available free of charge each day, all course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded.

Pupils have the opportunity to work closely with LSE’s African Caribbean Society, meet LSE academics and gain an insight into studying at university.  The programme consists of:

• Social sciences workshops and taster sessions

• Motivational Workshops

• Opportunities to interact with LSE’s African-Caribbean undergraduates

• An off-site workplace visit.


African and Caribbean boys in year 8 who are attending a non-selective London state school, and who are expected to achieve at least 5 A*-B grades at GCSE.

In addition boys must meet one of the following criteria:

• Eligible for Free School Meals
• Is a Looked After Child

Or two of the following criteria:

• Has no parental history of Higher Education / university
• Living in an area of low progression to university
• Parents from lower socio-economic categories
• From an ethnic group which is under-represented in higher education

Preference will also be given to pupils who:

• Attend a school performing below the national average
• Attend a school with an above average percentage of students eligible for Free School Meals

The Promoting Potential Programme will take place on the following dates:

Spring School: Monday 30 March 2015 to Wednesday 1 April 2015
Follow up workshops: Monday 24 August 2015 and Saturday 21 November 2015


Applications are now closed.  The deadline for completed applications was Wednesday 14 January 2015.



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