Burscough Priory School year 7 pupils visit the Faculty of Education for a raising aspirations day

The Schools’ University is working collaboratively with schools and their communities, to promote excellence and actively drive up and realise the aspirations of children, young people and their families. Our Inclusive ethos is shaped by recognising, rewarding and celebrating creative, innovative and meaningful activities which provide vital opportunities for children and young people to flourish across the many pathways they follow in their personal and public lives. A recent trip to Edge Hill University by Burscough Priory School offered year 7 pupils the opportunity to become familiar with the campus and partake in lots of great activities. Following a tour of the campus they tried their hand with technology using the voting system to answer a quiz about land marks they had seen, then there was an interactive presentation on progression routes into Higher Education, role models and popular culture and life as a student. These were delivered by former trainee teachers, current students, learning services and careers. The positive feedback included:

‘Today has been very useful because it has taught us that we can achieve anything!’

‘Really inspired me and encouraged me with my career choice.’

‘Inspired me to come to University and it was really good fun.’

We know that intervening early and working closely and creatively with schools to forge effective and productive links can support the aspirations of ALL children and their communities to reach their potential. Open the following link for a flavour of the day: