Aspirations

Through personal encounters with people at work and university, we aim to inspire disadvantaged young people aged 11-16 about possible futures, thereby motivating them to aim higher and work harder in school.

These young people will have limited access to role models, professional networks and opportunities and no experience of higher education in their family. It is likely that they will lack confidence, motivation and have low aspirations.

This programme seeks to bring the world of work to life by challenging young people with real-world problem-solving activities and empowering them to succeed.

Project Dare: ‘Dare’ young people as they transition from KS4 to further study to critically evaluate their approach to their studies, relationships and ambitions, and reinforce the message that success is not something that ‘happens’ one day– it begins ‘now’. Engage young people in a range of activities including a real life problem solving activity, and offer young people a behind the scenes visit to a workplace.

Read a case study about Benenden’s involvement in the Aspirations programme in November 2017.