"My Aimhigher mentor made me realise how important this year is to me, which has made me focus and put more effort into work and revision"
Aimhigher Mentors are undergraduates who provide face-to-face and on-line support and encouragement to learners as they encounter educational, personal and career-related challenges, opportunities and choices between Year 7 and Year 13. Mentors receive training to help them in this role, and are fully DBS checked. Partner schools and colleges typically host 4 Aimhigher mentors, who each support 5 learners over a total 10 to12 weeks. Learners are selected by their school or college, and are from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities that are underrepresented in higher education. Aimhigher places over 100 mentors in around 30 schools, academies and colleges each year, supporting more than 600 young people.
We are delighted to announce that Aimhigher mentoring will be free of charge to participating schools and colleges in 2017/18!
Download our Mentoring Evaluation Report 2016-2017 to see how participating in the scheme helped hundreds of young people last year.
Aimhigher Mentoring Resources and Support Materials
A range of print and on-line resources are available to Aimhigher mentors and the young people they work with. These include a detailed 2 day training programme and a range of resources:
- Download the Mentoring Handbook
- Download information on the BrightLinks e-Mentoring Platform
- Download the Aimhigher Mentoring Parents' and Carers' Leaflet
The Aimhigher Learner Engagement Plan
Aimhigher mentoring is learner-centred, and our mentors work with young people to identify their needs and agree a range of personal and learning-related development objectives. At the heart of the scheme is The Aimhigher Learner Engagement Plan, a sequential and coherent programme of activities designed for learners in Years 7 to 13. Its main aim is to support the work of the mentors in raising the aspirations and awareness of career progression opportunities for disadvantaged young people. The Learner Engagement Plan provides a useful starting point for mentors to plan their exchanges with learners, and a wide range of activities and information resources to draw upon.