Widening Participation – the High-Potential Learners Project

This term I start going into schools and colleges and working with sixth-form students for the High-Potential Learners project. It’s a really exciting time – I will be meeting students in a sixth-form college, an FE college, and four schools, and talking with them over the course of their time in sixth form to find out about how they make decisions about their future educational and career pathways. We will be working with students who have good GCSE results, showing potential to do well enough in A levels to get into Russell Group universities. Crucially, however, these students are from schools and colleges where there is a range of achievement levels at A-level, and going to university is not necessarily “the norm” for students there. Schools and colleges have been very excited by this project, as they are all keen to understand their students’ aspirations and support them on a pathway to educational success.


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