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C,CE&ES Group 3: Tuesday 16th March, 10:10 - 11:10

  1. 2.6 Aspire2University (A2U) - An innovative approach to supporting care experienced students into HE
  2. 2.7 We Care, Do You?

2.6 Aspire2University (A2U) - An innovative approach to supporting care experienced students into HE

Melanie Harris, University of Wolverhampton 

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Abstract

A study undertaken by NNECL reported 12 percent of care leavers entered HE by the age of 23 and although this has increased from previous estimates of 6 percent it is still considerably lower than other young people (42%). A2U is a progressive programme specifically targeting children in care to make informed choices about HE as their educational pathway. Working in partnership with four local authorities, it supports young people from KS3 to KS5 to view university as a viable route to achieve their potential and increase life chances. 

This presentation will explore: 

  • Some of the issues care leavers face and how A2U is endeavouring to address these to remove potential barriers to learning and progression. 
  • The four strands of the A2U programme and how they support the young people holistically throughout the key stages. 
  • Why effective partnership working is considered to be one of the key strengths of A2U. 

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2.7 We Care, Do You?  

Laura Selby, Kendra Argile, Kelly Self, Lucy Scheinkonig plus Steven Brookfield and Abbie Clarke, Sheffield Young Carers, The University of Sheffield and Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp), Sheffield Hallam University

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Abstract

Caring responsibilities give young people incredible skills and experience but being a carer can also make studies and career choices seem completely out of reach. In Sheffield, we’ve been working collaboratively for many years to provide wide ranging initiatives for young carers/young adult carers to enable them to believe, achieve and follow their dreams.   

This seminar will give participants the chance to hear student carers’ lived experiences about what helped them on their journeys into HE and to speak to the organisations that supported them along the way.   

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