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Instilling a passion for learning

Our work with ages 5-11

Thinking about Higher Education (HE) shouldn’t just start when learners are coming towards the end of their time at secondary school. We believe that instilling a passion for learning in primary-age children is one of the best ways to encourage them to consider HE when they get older.

Our primary programme is tailored to capture the imaginations of younger children and to raise awareness of further and higher education in your primary school.

For years five and six

We run workshops featuring a cast of characters who take children on a learning journey, teaching them about things like life choices and decision making, and introducing them to some of the vocabulary used in HE. Our new sessions will also focus on subject-specific activities to raise awareness of study options and careers.

Through these workshops, we can raise children’s aspirations and improve their self-esteem, as well as providing positive role models for young people in the form of our student ambassadors.

For all primary school children

We also offer a selection of one-hour workshops focused around the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). These sessions cover a range of topics, including the science behind rockets, climate change, forensics, skulls, and movement, and are designed to get children excited about STEM subjects.

Fair Access projects

We run a number of projects in schools to support our Fair Access work in the community. Books & Stories, for example, is a ten week reading scheme that is aimed at pupils in Years 5-8. We offer one hour sessions, once a week, that are designed to improve reading attainment and attitudes towards reading. The sessions are led by Student Ambassadors who act as positive role models and support pupils with guided reading. This fun and engaging scheme also increases reluctant pupils’ self-esteem and motivation.

Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT)

HEAT is a national service used by over 50 universities across the country to track students' progression from school into Higher Education and beyond. HEAT can tell us if our programmes are successful and beneficial to the young people we work with.

Parental Consent HEAT Form (pdf 354kb)