University scheme to raise aspirations for children in care

A scheme designed to encourage more looked after children into higher education has been launched for the second time by the University of Wolverhampton.

Aspire2Uni, delivered by the university’s Access and Outreach department, aims to raise the educational aspirations of children from care backgrounds by engaging with carers, educators and young people.

The scheme will initially target children starting at secondary school with a view to supporting them through school, university and beyond.

The University will work alongside Creating Chances Trust, a charity which supports looked after children, and Virtual Schools within Sandwell, Stafford, Walsall and Wolverhampton to organise events and initiatives designed to raise aspirations, break down barriers and help them to progress into higher education.

Natalie Latham, Outreach Co-ordinator in the Access and Outreach department at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the second cohort of Aspire2Uni pupils and their families to what will be one of many opportunities for them to visit the University.  This is the start of a seven year supported programme which will hopefully enable them to reach their potential and be the best that they can be.”

A launch event took place at the University’s City Campus in Wolverhampton recently where pupils were introduced to the idea of University by ‘building their own Uni’ using Lego.

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Date Issued: 2nd November 2016

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