Since October 2022, selected 6th form and Year 10 pupils have taken part in Aimhigher Mentoring. Aimhigher is a scheme that helps young people make inspired choices about their future. Aimhigher West Midlands is a partnership of universities working to support learners who face a number of challenges to broaden their horizons and make informed decisions about their future educational and career choices. The Aimhigher West Midlands partnership has been funded by its university members since 2009 and has a strong reputation across the region for providing quality, impartial information, advice and guidance (https://aimhigherwm.ac.uk/)
Twelve Year 10 pupils from Dame Elizabeth Cadbury have been accessing weekly sessions with mentors from local universities who are working within the Aimhigher scheme. They have been targeted to help raise their aspirations and give them areas to focus on in terms of future targets, as well as identifying key areas of work they are interested in. Each week, the mentors have discussed with pupils how they are enjoying and progressing in certain subjects, as well as their future goals. Mentors have then fed back and given detailed actions for each pupil to focus on for the following week. The feedback from pupils is that have enjoyed their sessions and they feel more confident and inspired about their future and higher education.
“Feedback from students indicates that the opportunities provided have increased their knowledge of higher education, raising awareness of the benefits and the importance of choosing a path that is right for them. A West Midland’s student said, “I thought there was one set route but now I know there are lots of ways to get into it.” We appreciate young people’s individuality and the value of different strengths and skills, while working to identify how these skills could enhance future careers“.
You can find more information and resources for all pupils on the following link https://aimhigherwm.ac.uk/resources/ .