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.
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 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
We’re very excited to announce our programme for this year’s Aimhigher Conference Teachers and Advisers, taking place on Thursday 24th June 2021. In light of the ever-changing situation around COVID-19, Aimhigher have taken the decision to run a virtual conference this year. We have a fantastic line up of speakers this year who will be providing insightful and interesting talks. The programme is as follows:
Welcome & Introductions
UCAS + Q&A
Student Finance update
Higher Education Q&A Panel
Spurgeons – How to support Young Carers
Birmingham Mind – Mental Health
To book your place, complete our form here.