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Widening Participation Mentoring Scheme

Available to: Year 7 - 12 pupils, inner London state schools

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

The scheme runs in schools from January to March each year. Potential mentors are put through a rigorous selection process and receive accredited training, after which they become recognised mentors.

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. The scheme has proved a tremendous success in schools which are currently participating.


London state schools that wish to join the LSE mentoring scheme must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Attaining below the national average at GCSE level.
  • Have over 35.1% of pupils on free school meals.

We will give priority to pupils who meet at least one of the following:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Looked after child (in care)

 Or two of the following:

  • No parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
  • Parents employed in low socio economic categories
  • Live in an area of low participation to HE
  • Have a disability
  • From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education

Any additional contextual information provided by schools will be taken into consideration. For students in Year 11/12 we will also be looking for 5 A*-C predicted/achieved GCSE grades at a minimum. 

If you are a school interested in taking part, please email us for further information.

LSE students:

Applications for the Student Mentoring scheme are now closed for 2015-16. 


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