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 8 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 to 12 weeks. Learners are selected by their school or college, and are from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities that are underrepresented in higher education.
Aimhigher mentoring is free of charge to participating schools and colleges.
We are currently at capacity but please get in touch if you would like your school or college to be added to the waiting list.
Download our Mentoring Evaluation Report to see how participating in the scheme helped hundreds of young people last year.
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 Mentoring Idea Bank, a sequential and coherent programme of activities designed for learners in Years 8 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 Idea Bank 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.
We understand the vital role that teachers and advisers play in supporting aspirational career progression and increased social mobility, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not have access to the additional tutoring, extra-curricular activities and social capital available to their more affluent peers.
Aimhigher West Midlands supports this work by offering a number of CPD events and resources for teachers and advisers, and a range of information resources and events for parents and carers.Activities Resource Bank
Each year we host our Annual Aimhigher Conference for Teachers and Advisers which is a fantastic opportunity to hear the latest sector updates and network with colleagues from across the region.
This year, due to government restrictions, we ran a pilot series of Aimhigher Insights Webinars in place of our conference. We had workshops on a vast range of topics:
Thank you very much if you joined us, we hope you found the sessions useful. To help us plan for our future events please fill in this short evaluation form.