Focus of event
- To give students the opportunity to discover what Higher Education is all about, how it differs from school and why people go.
- Introduce students to the idea that Higher Education is hard work, fun and rewarding.
- Raise pupils’ aspiration to want to go to Higher Education.
How it will aid progression
- This event can help students to realise that hard work reaps rewards.
- Raises aspirations by discovering the world of Higher Education and what it has to offer in terms of career opportunities, and social and cultural capital.
- Encourages students to better engage with their current learning and be motivated to do well.
Delivery suggestions and advice
- A great way to facilitate this is to visit a Higher Education institution or ask if HE staff and ambassadors can deliver a workshop in school.
- Contact a number of universities, explaining your aims and learning objectives, and asking if and how they could support you. You can find contact details for all HE in London’s partner HEIs on our HE Providers section.
- Discuss with the HEI whether they already work with Key stage 3 pupils and find out from them what approaches they have found to be successful.
- Think about what HE provides (for example, qualifications, career opportunities, huge range of subjects), and also the huge number of different HE providers in the UK and abroad. Think about how students can visualise the vast amount of variety and choice at HE.
- Introduce role models (famous people that have been to university), other people they might know, and use student ambassadors who are currently there.