Raising Aspirations Pilot

The Raising Aspirations Pilot will provide support for secondary schools and colleges to address the needs of disadvantaged pupils and will fund projects which seek to raise their aspirations

Colleges, secondary schools or a consortium of secondary schools will be able to apply for grants ranging from £7,000 to £50,000. Projects should support an increase in activity to raise aspirations amongst disadvantaged pupils by strengthening engagement with employers, widening pupil’s experiences of jobs beyond their home communities or engagement with young role models working in priority sectors. An evaluation of the pilot will also be undertaken, and the pilot will culminate in a best practice workshop.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be responsible for managing the scheme and it will enhance and complement the work undertaken by the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Enterprise Coordinators. 

Aim of the pilot

  • Pilot a grant scheme that allows schools flexibility to tailor innovative solutions for employer engagement, according the need of their students, to raise aspirations.
  • Support secondary schools and colleges to achieve high quality careers education and demonstrate progress towards the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ in line with the Government’s Careers Strategy 2018
  • Support the Combined Authority’s ambition to give extra support to the most disadvantaged learners to increase aspirations and promote social mobility.

The pilot will award grants ranging from £7,000 to £50,000 to mainstream secondary schools and colleges.

Grants can be used to support new or existing projects (with no displacement of funds); non-staffing/administration costs; staff cover costs; training costs; transportation cost; volunteer expenses; physical materials; small-scale equipment.

To find out more about the pilot, please contact the Enterprise in Education Team at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Tel: 01133481812, Email: enterpriseadvisers@the-lep.com


Opportunity

Published: 10/05/2019
Audience: Headteachers; Careers leads
Contact: WYCA

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