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 are 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.
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.
A school or college must:
- Be a state funded secondary school or college located in the Leeds City Region. This includes mainstream secondary schools including special educational needs and pupil referral unit provision where pupils are ‘on roll’.
- Be a part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Adviser Network
- Have a nominated ‘Careers Leader’ in place who is committed to or has already undertaken relevant training.
An application / project must:
- Benefit young people aged 11-18 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (up to 25 for SEND pupils).
- Be a new project or increase the scale of an existing project. Grants cannot be used for displacement of existing activity.
- Involve employer engagement either directly with pupils or indirectly through other beneficiaries such as teachers and parents/carers.
- Commence and complete between September 2019 and July 2020.
To find out more about the pilot, please contact the Enterprise in Education Team at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Tel: 01133481812, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org