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University students provide over 25,000 hours support to local schools and colleges

More than 350 students from Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham have provided 25,000 hours of support in local schools and colleges in the current academic year.

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Students recognised for 25,000 hours support to local schools and colleges

More than 350 students from Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham have provided 25,000 hours of support in local schools and colleges during the current academic year.

The Students in Classrooms initiative run by a team within the University's Schools, Colleges & Community Outreach Department, in collaboration with The University of Nottingham's Widening Participation Team, enables students from both universities to become either mentors or associates.

Mentors offer one-to-one guidance, support and personal direction to 13 to 17 year olds who have the potential to progress onto higher education, while associates work alongside an established classroom teacher to offer support in a primary school, secondary school or college.

Alternatively, Nottingham Trent University students can become student ambassadors. They help to support the university at a wide variety of events and activities taking place for pupils from primary school age through to post-16 year-olds, as well as mature students, parents and carers.

David Woolley, Head of Schools Colleges and Community Outreach, Nottingham Trent University, said: "The Students in Classrooms team has provided thousands of university students over the past 14 years with the chance to develop their skills, whilst providing much-needed support in the local community. We greatly appreciate their time, commitment, energy and efforts.

"The schemes both deliver support to schools, colleges and academies, with the aim of impacting positively on pupil attainment levels, and provide our students with the practical experiences they need to develop their CVs and improve their employability skills.

"Through these opportunities, students make a huge positive impact on local pupils. They engage with them in ways that we can't and, as well as providing one-to-one support and skills building which can help raise pupils' aspirations and their grades, they act as positive role models to help pupils see what can be possible. They also provide a honest, first-hand perspective of what it's like to be a student."

Neil Kennedy, Head of Sixth Form and Mentor Coordinator, Kirkby College, added: "The mentoring scheme has supported endless students to maximise their potential at Kirkby College and without such intervention our students would no doubt have a less positive future. The mentors are all dedicated, driven and want nothing but the best for our students.

"The scheme offers a tailor-made programme of long-term support with regards to careers, revision strategies and study skills and our students have all gained in self-confidence and self-worth. They now feel ready and equipped to meet the academic challenges with higher aspirations and expectations."

To thank the students and the partner schools and colleges involved in the scheme, and to recognise the achievements of the pupils who have benefited from the mentoring scheme, the university recently held two special celebration events for students, teachers and pupils to attend.

In the current academic year (2014 / 15) 101 mentors – including 70 from Nottingham Trent University - worked with over 400 pupils in 19 schools, colleges and academies and 166 associates – including 135 from Nottingham Trent University - worked in 37 schools across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, whilst 94 Nottingham Trent University students were recruited as ambassadors.

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    • The Students in Classrooms schemes are particularly important in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as attainment levels are below the national average, with low levels of progression to Higher Education (50% of pupils achieved FIVE or more GCSEs including maths and English in 2013, vs 60% nationally).
    • Students in Classroom mentors work outside of the classroom primarily on a one-to-one basis with learners. Mentoring can include guidance on topics such as routes into Higher Education, revision and exam technique, planning skills, motivation, self-confidence and more.
    • Students in Classroom associates undertake activities such as helping groups of learners with their classwork, working on a one-to-one basis with learners to improve attainment, supporting learners with literacy activities and one-to-one reading and some non-teaching aspects such as planning and preparation. The scheme also aims to provide opportunities for students to raise learner aspirations towards Higher Education and to act as positive role models.
    • Student ambassadors help to support the wide range of events and activities taking place at Nottingham Trent University by acting as guides, group leaders, general classroom support, or through supporting activities taking place within the University, such as marketing events or school outreach visits.
    • In the current academic year, 357 associates, mentors and ambassadors were recruited. Mentors have undertaken around 6,000 hours of work; associates have undertaken about 12,000 hours of work and ambassadors have undertaken approximately 7,000 hours.
    • In the academic year, 2013/2014, 99% of students said they would recommend the schemes to other students and 98% of teachers said they would recommend the schemes to other teachers. 98% of students felt they had enhanced their skills and their CV and 84% of teachers felt that students had had a positive impact on pupils' attitude to learning.

University students provide over 25,000 hours support to local schools and colleges

Published on 9 June 2015
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