LSE Mentoring

Available to students in Years 9-12 studying at secondary state schools and FE colleges in the Greater London area.

The LSE mentoring scheme seeks to improve learning, raise aspirations and help mentees to become more confident, more focused and better organised and motivated at school or college, as well as in the communities in which they live.

The LSE mentoring scheme seeks to improve learning, raise aspirations and help mentees to become more confident, more focused and better organised and motivated at school or college, as well as in the communities in which they live.

The aims of the project are to help pupils to:

  • Raise their standards of performance in their key stage assessments and at GCSE
  • Raise their awareness of higher education opportunities
  • Acquire and develop study skills in order to improve their application to their studies
  • Develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence, persistence and application

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

Mentors are normally available for approximately one hour per week, attending a school or college on a convenient afternoon over a 10-week period from January - March.


The scheme has proved a tremendous success in schools which have participated.

Feedback from schools

I wanted to take the time to express our huge thanks to the LSE mentors who have been professional, reliable and committed to this programme.  Some of our Year 12 students have come up to me to tell me that they are very sad that the mentoring sessions will end this week after ten very helpful and supportive weeks.’

‘The experience was important for the students to build on for their educational development. I think the young people found the tour to be an eye-opening one, it stimulated an on-going conversation. Again, special thanks to the mentors for answering the questions, encouraging the mentees to be curious and being fantastic role models.’

Feedback from mentees

We asked all mentees what they enjoyed most about mentoring:

“My mentor went to a school similar to mine, she has been able to give me advice on how to excel in certain subjects and how to reach my target grades’

‘I enjoyed opening up to someone about the struggles I faced in school and education as well’

LSE mentors also benefit from the experience that the scheme brings, allowing them to improve their skillset and improve their confidence. The top three reasons listed by mentors as their motivated for joining the scheme

  • To inspire young people to attend University
  • To feel more connected to London and its communities
  • To gain experience working with young people

Feedback from LSE mentors

‘An important thing I benefitted from the mentoring programme, was really how it allowed me to release some stress from academic worries and other responsibilities. Talking to students actually inspired and motivated myself to push through whatever challenges I was facing at University’

‘It was really interesting to gain an insight into the challenges facing young people in London’ 

Eligibility Criteria

Schools must be non-selective and state funded in order to be eligible for the Mentoring scheme.

We will prioritise inner London state schools and colleges that meet one or more of the following:

  • Perform below the national average at GCSE, based on percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and Maths and/or the Attainment 8 measure
  • Have a high proportion (more than 35.1%) of pupils eligible for free school meals
  • Perform below the national average at A-level based on the points per entry measure

We will make our final decisions based upon a rounded assessment of all relevant factors provided by the School in addition to the above. To maximise the impact of activity we ask schools to select, where possible, those students who are from backgrounds least represented in Higher Education.

Once a school has been accepted on to the scheme, we ask them to put forward eligible students to make an individual application to the scheme.

We will prioritise students in the following groups:

  • Looked-after children or care leavers
  • Have caring responsibilities for family members
  • Have a disability
  • Eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium now or in the last six years
  • Living in an area of low progression to higher education (as defined by POLAR3 quintile 1)
  • No parental experience of higher education
  • Parents/carers working in low socio-economic categories and/or on receipt of means tested benefits
  • From a Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller community
  • From a socio-economic or ethnic background currently under-represented at highly selective universities such as LSE; especially Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and white working class.
  • Meeting one or more criteria above and attending a school/college that is performing below national average and/or has a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals.

Students who are selected to participate should have the potential to go on to a Russell Group University. For students in Year 11/12 we will also be looking for 5 A*-C predicted/achieved GCSE grades at a minimum.

We review applications holistically; while we prioritise students who meet the above criteria, we will consider all the information contained in an application when making our decisions. For this reason, we encourage applicants and schools/colleges to include any further relevant details – such as any additional information or extenuating circumstances – that they feel ought to be considered to support their application.

Application Information


School/college applications for the 2017-18 cycle have now closed.

If you would like to register your interest for the 2018-19 scheme please fill in our online form or email us at


If you are a current LSE student interested in becoming a mentor, you can apply online here.

To find out more, come along to one of the following information sessions in the Graham Wallas Room, Old Building:

  • Monday 25th September, 1-2pm
  • Tuesday 26th September, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday 27th September, 10-11am
  • Thursday 28th September, 2-3pm
  • Friday 29th September, 11am-12pm


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