Impact Case Studies — Aimhigher West Midlands

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In May 2018 Aimhigher commissioned Cosmos Engagement to conduct a qualitative evaluation, to establish the extent to which the local programme had supported positive student outcomes (12 students) and partnership working (what is working well and key challenges) within seven urban and rural schools and colleges. The case studies employed a 360-degree approach, which included feedback from students, their parents and carers and school and college representatives. This included interviews, online diaries and video case studies. The research explored the distance travelled by Aimhigher Plus students in terms of where they were before and after they had participated within the Aimhigher Plus programme. Findings provide positive insights into the impact of the Aimhigher Plus programme in terms of the life changing impact reported by parents and carers, school practitioners and students themselves. Findings suggest that the Aimhigher Plus programme has supported students in terms of an increased likelihood of applying to HE, and increased knowledge and awareness of HE, improved behaviour, increased confidence, motivation and attitudes towards education and in some cases improved attainment. The full report and video case studies can be accessed below:

Aimhigher Case Study Impact Report
Aimhigher Case Study Video


Learner Case Studies


Jess’ Case Study
Jess’ Video

“Aimhigher was 100% one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s a really big help, I feel a lot less stressed and I’ve improved my schoolwork.”




Connor’s Case Study
Connor’s Video

“My goals for the future are definitely to go to university and study engineering, because I’ve got a passion for that and I’ve learnt that through Aimhigher.”




Julia’s Case Study

“Aimhigher and college support has been fundamental in my offer from Cambridge University, mainly in terms of helping to turn my dream into a reality by providing funding, access to knowledge and support.”




Rhiannon’s Case Study
Rhiannon’s Video

“Medical Mavericks opened up a whole new spectrum of jobs I could go for. I still look through the booklet they gave us.”





Christopher’s Case Study
Christopher’s Video

“Aimhigher’s really helped with my knowledge of school and how it is really important, and helping me know what I need to get in my GCSEs to get to where I need to.”




Dominic’s Case Study
Dominic’s Video

“Aimhigher has had a big impact on me as a person and career-wise. It’s helped me focus more on grades and my future and develop my knowledge of things outside of school.”




Taylor’s Case Study
Taylor’s Video

“I’m glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone because now I’m somewhere where I can say, “if I want to do something, I can do it”. If everyone else is going to university it doesn’t mean I have to. I can follow my own path. I wouldn’t have realised this without the help of Aimhigher.”



Christian’s Case Study
Christian’s Video

“Aimhigher had a significant impact on me because It helped me change my habits and ways in how I was going about life in general, and helped me focus more on what’s important. I am now looking into completing a degree apprenticeship in engineering.”



Kiri’s Case Study
Kiri’s Video

“Aimhigher has really helped me to understand more what I want to do when I’m older and what paths I have available to me, which helps me be less stressed about it.”




Parris’ Case Study
Parris’ Video

“I think overall, Aimhigher has been a positive experience. It’s changed my views on school and education massively. Now I know school will help me get to where I want to go, which is to go to university to become a primary school teacher.”



Olivia’s Case Study

“I was just worried that science was going to be a hard topic and not that interesting, but the Aimhigher programme definitely helped me decide that I want to be a vet.”