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Introduction to the Social Sciences (Year 8)

This one day event aims to introduce the content and language of the social sciences to year 8 pupils who are considering their GCSE choices.

Staff and students from LSE work with pupils to explore the social sciences, their relevance to the big questions of the day and how GCSE choices can facilitate the progression into the study of social sciences at higher level.

Subjects are introduced through a 45 minute formal lecture by LSE academics. Previous topics have included analysing why apartheid failed and exploring what our food says about our culture. The day also includes student led Q and A sessions and a tour of the LSE campus.

LSE can accommodate up to 80 Year 8 pupils per session usually split between two or three schools.

Top priority will be given to non-selective London State Schools that meet one or more the following criteria (as defined by the current Department for Education (DfE) Performance Tables):

• Attaining below the national Average at GCSE Level
• Have over 35% of students eligible for free school meals

We will then prioritise requests from Schools that meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Have 20.1% or more students eligible for Free School Meals
• Have had over 35% of pupils eligible for FSM at any time during the past 6 years

In addition to the above, we ask schools to select, where possible, pupils to attend the day who meet at least one of the following:
• In receipt of free school meals and/or Pupil Premium
• Looked after child (in care)
• No parental experience of Higher Education (HE).
• Parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories.
• Parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits
• Live in an area of low participation to HE as defined by POLAR 3 Quintile 1 (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/postcode/).
• Have a disability.
• From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education.
Students who are selected to participate should have the potential to go on to a Russell Group University.

Preference is for schools to select gifted and talented Year 8 students.

We will consider, on a case by case basis, requests from schools that do not meet one of the overall criteria for Free School Meals or GCSE Average. When doing so, as a minimum we would expect Schools to demonstrate that participants would meet at least one, preferably more, of the above individual criteria, and provide any other useful contextual information. Such requests would be considered on receipt of the relevant evidence provided and any additional information requested.

2016 Dates Available:

June 17th (Year 9 only)


If you have any questions about this project or are interested in booking future dates please contact widening.participation@lse.ac.uk   

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