Aimhigher hosts an annual conference for Teachers and Advisers, offering interesting talks and discussions around higher education. The dates for 2023 are to be confirmed and we look forward to sharing the details soon.
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 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.
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.