Equal access to higher education is at the heart of a fair society. Today, however, the most advantaged 20% of young people are still seven times more likely to attend the most selective universities than the 40% most disadvantaged.
There is no sign of this gap closing, and that is unacceptable.
We are committed to ensuring young people from low-income communities get an excellent education and opportunities in life. One of the ways we are working towards narrowing the gap in access to higher education is through our outreach programme for sixth formers, Teach First Futures (previously named Higher Education Access Programme for Schools).
Our Futures programme aims to support and inspire students to make ambitious and informed choices about where they want to get to in life during sixth form, where they are on the cusp of making big and lasting decisions about progressing to university.
How it works
The programme is targeted at students who come from groups who are currently under-represented in universities, including those whose parents did not go to university and those who have claimed free school meals. These students have proven academic ability at GCSE and would benefit from additional support to help guide them through these important decisions and overcome some of the barriers they face when accessing higher education.
We do this by providing them with activities they may not otherwise have access to that help to inform their decisions, including university day trips, skills workshops, a four day Easter School at the University of Cambridge and sessions designed to provide an insight into different career paths.
Students on the programme are also matched with a mentor from our community who supports and guides them while they are making choices about university and their future. Those applying to highly competitive courses or universities, such as Medicine and Law, Oxford and Cambridge, are also offered additional support.
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