Supporting school leavers to succeed
Even if children from low-income backgrounds beat the odds at school, they will continue to face unfair challenges.
Research shows their chances of getting into university - especially the most selective institutions - are lower than their wealthier classmates, even when they have the same results. The same is true when they apply for jobs and apprenticeships.
We run initiatives designed to tackle these injustices.
And you can get involved.
We work with young people, helping them to think big
Futures is a university access programme for sixth-form pupils to improve their chances of attending one of the country's top 25% selective universities. We work specifically with groups of pupils currently under-represented in higher education, who have the academic potential, but lack the confidence, knowledge or support to get into and stay at university.
Schools identify and nominate pupils who would most benefit from our support. Then, through day trips and a four-day residential Easter School, held at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, we provide first-hand experience of higher education to help pupils make informed decisions about what they want to do next. We also match pupils with an experienced mentor, who guides them towards putting together a strong university application.
Futures is supported by Credit Suisse.
We work with schools to support their students' next steps
Our Careers and Employability Leadership Programme (CELP) is designed to give middle and senior leaders the skills and expertise they need to prepare young people for life after school - from nurturing ambitions and soft skills in the early years to providing advice and support when they're choosing what to do next. It's open to schools eligible to partner with us - each school is required to nominate a middle leader to act as lead teacher during the programme, working alongside a senior leadership sponsor.
They'll get training from experts in the field and one-to-one support from peers, business leaders and a dedicated Teach First facilitator. Over the course of the programme they will design, implement and evaluate a 'whole-school' improvement strategy that creates a coordinated approach to learning about careers and employability. It will involve all aspects of school life and make sure every child gets the support they need to progress into a career, whether it's by entering work, training or further study.
Improving your post-school support
Even if your school doesn't qualify for Futures or CELP, you can improve its careers and employability learning using our Post-School Success Toolkit.This provides advice and guidance to all classroom teachers about how to support the post-school progression of their students as well as information for senior leaders on how to set up a 'whole-school' strategic approach to improve the post-school success of all their students.