Teachers & Advisers - Aimhigher West Midlands

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

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

Aimhigher Conference for Teachers and Advisers

Aimhigher hosts an annual conference for Teachers and Advisers in the West Midlands, offering interesting talks and discussions around higher education. This year, the conference will take place on Thursday 22 June 2023.

We are preparing a fantastic line up of speakers who will be providing insightful and interesting talks. The conference is free of charge to attend and includes lunch and refreshments. Book your place here.

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

Aimhigher Mentoring Scheme

Aimhigher mentors are undergraduates who provide face-to-face and on-line support and encouragement to pre-16 learners as they encounter educational, personal and career-related challenges, opportunities and choices.

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.

Get in touch if your school are interested in the Aimhigher Mentoring Scheme.

Download our Mentoring Evaluation Report to see how participating in the scheme helped hundreds of young people.

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 pre-16 learners. 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!