Teachers & Advisers | Aimhigher West Midlands

Aimhigher West Midlands are your single point of contact for higher education outreach.

Teachers and Advisors

Gatsby Benchmarks and the Aimhigher Progression Framework

Aimhigher can support your school with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Our Progression Framework is designed to support learners’ progress to higher education and enable young people to develop the growth mind-set and agency to make informed decisions about their future.

Each of the activities in the Progression Framework have been carefully linked to the Gatsby Benchmarks and can support you and your school/college to evidence how you are embedding impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

The Progression Framework is split into three important phases which are designed to support the development of learners’ motivations, knowledge and experiences of higher education.

  • Exploring
  • Progressing
  • Affirming

All learning outcomes are mapped against the Aimhigher 5As of access to higher education:

  • Aspiration
  • Awareness
  • Attainment
  • Application
  • Access
View the AimHigher progression framework here
The Uni Guide

Aimhigher Mentoring Scheme

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.

The Aimhigher Mentoring Idea Bank

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.

Last year Aimhigher enabled 93 mentors to support 591 young people!

Support for you

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
Support for you

Aimhigher Insights

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.

Aimhigher Insights