Support for Teachers
The Office for Students (OfS) has asked Uni Connect partnerships and their higher education provider partners to do more to raise the academic attainment of pupils through access and participation activities.
Learn more about the attainment raising work of Uni Connect partnerships with the attainment raising toolkit.
You can view some case studies from attainment raising projects below.
Study Skills Sessions
Positively You ran Exam Revision and Study Skills workshops in partnership with Aspire Higher Schools. They worked with 800 students from Year 10 and 11 from the following schools: Adeyfield Academy, Astley Cooper Schools, Marriotts School and Longdean School. Positively You offer young people sessions to empower learners and inspire learning, providing the tools and techniques students need to excel in exams. Students in the schools worked in groups.
To encourage students to develop their metacognition skills. To help students to develop into independent learners. To provide revision techniques and stress management tools.
Students feel more confident about being able to manage their time during exams. Students have gained more useful revision techniques. Student feel more prepared to sit their exams.
Quotes from staff across the schools:
“The session was fantastic and the level of engagement from the students was very impressive. The strategies that were used through the session proved to work with our students.”
“From the testimonials we received, they found the mind mapping exercise valuable in helping them to learn how to retain information.”
“The session was targeted towards a small group who needed the support and the presenter was fantastic at interacting with the students.”
Aspire Higher collaborated with Innerscope to deliver coaching in two Central Bedfordshire schools. Manshead and Queensbury Academy each chose 16 students from Year 10 to take part in 5 motivational coaching sessions. Innerscope offer coaching sessions aimed at preparing young people for challenges they face in the classroom, helping them learn the importance of applied emotional intelligence to help fuel motivation and drive. The project comprised of coaching sessions on revision, applied emotional intelligence, problem solving, careers support and self- leadership. Students worked in pairs tailored to their needs.
To help build students motivation for learning and improve confidence in their learning in order to help improve their attainment in GCSES. We wanted students to recognise the link between attainment in their current studies and future pathways. Students were selected by their teachers as they are currently working below target in Maths and English GCSEs. The coaching sessions helped students understand the academic and personal skills needed at GCSE.
Students felt more confident and motivated towards their studies. They demonstrated better understanding of the impact their efforts in school will make on their future ambitions.
Quote from a teacher at Manshead Academy said:
“As a whole the student's attitude to Innerscope has been excellent, they have enjoyed the conversations, the small group environment and being able to discuss things that weren't just their subject progress.”
A parent took the initiative to contact the school to say:
“I just want to pass on my thanks for giving my daughter the opportunity to attend the Innerscope sessions. She enjoyed the experience and has learned some valuable tips that will hopefully stay with her throughout the remainder of her time at school and beyond. She liked listening to the Innerscope team members and is quite disappointed I think that the sessions have ended!”
Student quotes on what they gained:
“Shown me why I want to succeed and do good in life and why revision and preparation helps.”
“It had a massive impact on my views on revision and focus in class.”
“The programme has helped me revise which led to me getting high test scores.”
“It made me come to terms with what I struggle with in school and impacted me in a positive way.”
The Uni Club
The University of Northampton Inspires Club (UNI Club) offered different subject modules to students within a university setting. UNI Club modules are taught in a blended learning approach to develop research and academic skills and extend students’ knowledge. All students visit the University of Northampton to meet their Tutor and to learn more about higher education, followed by six weeks of teaching in school (one-hour per week). At the end of the module, students submit a 1,000 word assignment, demonstrating their new knowledge and study skills.
Targeted at Year 9 students from Uni Connect schools this opportunity allowed students to access learning related to higher education in a variety of subjects including: Psychology, Politics, Fine Arts, Economics, project management skills, environmental sustainability, financial management, research skills and data visualisation. In 2022/23, Abbeyfield School, The Parker E-Act, Weavers Academy & Kettering Buccleuch Academy all selected 30 students to participate and have benefited from these activities.
This has raised aspirations, attainment and self-efficacy of these students through experience of written assignments and more confidence in their study techniques.
“It is a great way to introduce students to new topics that they may not have previously studied and challenge any preconceptions they might have about what studying at university may entail.” Kerry Love - Uni Club Tutor