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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.


Eligibility

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 submit applications for students who are eligible to take part in the scheme.

To be eligible students must:

  • Meet relevant academic pre-requisite criteria (where specified)

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

  • In receipt of free school meals and/or pupil premium
  • Looked After Child

Or two of the following:

  • No parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
  • Parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories
  • Parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits (details should be provided)
  • 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. For students in Year 11/12 we will also be looking for 5 A*-C predicted/achieved GCSE grades at a minimum.

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.

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


LSE students:

If you are interested in being a tutor please email widening.participation@lse.ac.uk. We will contact you with further details shortly.

 

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