The Aimhigher Idea Bank is a sequential and coherent programme of activities designed for learners in Years 7 to 13. Its main aim is to support the work of Aimhigher mentors in raising aspirations and improving progression rates to higher education, particularly among more disadvantaged young people. The programme is not intended to be prescriptive, but should provide a useful starting point upon which to build the exchanges with your learners.
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:
The Aimhigher Idea Bank is sequenced to deliver identified learner outcomes at particular phases in the learner journey through the national curriculum key stages to higher education entry. In our Idea Bank, seven year groups are represented and can be divided into three phases:
There are also a number of generic activities and information resources that mentors can use and tailor in the work with learners across all three phases.
The Idea Bank covers:
These activities will help the learner achieve the outcomes outlined in the three phases, and in particular:
The Idea Bank has been designed to assist mentors in planning and structuring sessions that will engage and motivate learners at each stage of their development.
There are around 15 relevant areas for attention for each year group. The links in the tables below take you to a suite of suggested activities and resources to support you in your work, as well as information on other events and activities organised by Aimhigher and partner Universities that might be of interest to your learners. These include campus visits, subject enrichment programmes, master classes, revision classes, summer schools, and higher education conventions. Please note that although the Idea Bank is divided up into year groups and Key Stages, your learners may benefit from activities which feature in other sections. For example, a year 11 pupil may not have the knowledge as described in the year 11 section. Therefore, some of the activities from the year 9 and 10 sections would be better suited.
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