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Press Release - 04 June 2007

Extra tuition helps pupils to consider university

Pupils in Swindon, Chippenham and Melksham have had a course of inspirational tuition from undergraduates at the University of Bath.

The tutoring is part of a scheme to support pupils in their studies and inspire them to think about higher education.

A total of 10 students worked on a 14-week placement at Swindon College, Hardenhuish and Abbeyfield schools in Chippenham, and George Ward School in Melksham.

They worked alongside teachers, with small groups of pupils, or on a one-to-one basis.

“The teachers have told us that the students have been a real asset,” said Liz Johnson, Aimhigher and outreach events co-ordinator at the University of Bath.

“They have helped individual school students to make improvements in their work and overcome problems. They’ve also been able to share their learning experiences and given the pupils the awareness and confidence to think about going on to university.”

Year 10 students at Swindon College had regular tuition from Kyle Laskey, a second-year undergraduate studying Electronics with Space Science & Technology.

Mr Laskey worked with the GCSE vocational engineering class to help them understand the requirements of project work and make improvements to earn higher marks.

“The pupils have made real progress in their work this year and it’s been very satisfying to contribute to that,” said Mr Laskey. “They are also now more aware of further education and feel more confident that they can go one day.

“Many pupils believe they are not smart or good enough to go, and I think I helped them to overcome this.”

Mr Laskey’s experiences at Swindon College have inspired him to consider a career in teaching.

The tutoring scheme is part of the national Aimhigher programme designed to widen participation in higher education by raising the awareness, aspirations and attainment of young people from under-represented groups.

Aimhigher is run by the Higher Education Funding Council for England with support from the Department for Education and Skills.

Undergraduates employed by the tutoring scheme attend a training programme to prepare them for the role and they receive ongoing support to enable them to provide high quality tutoring to the young people they work with.

The University of Bath runs a series of Aimhigher events to widen participation in higher education, including tutoring schemes, open days and summer schools for school students in the south-west region.

For more information about the tutoring scheme please see the Related Links section.


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