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Courtesy of IntoUniversity
IntoUniversity is an educational programme aimed at children and young people who are most at risk of failing to meet their potential to go to university because of economic, social, cultural or linguistic disadvantage. In 2012, 77% of IntoUniversity school leavers progressed to Higher Education, compared with just 18% of students from a similar background. Tom's Trust supports a centre in Kensal Green, close to where Tom used to live. Just one strand of their work is a homework club:
"Samira is an excellent student who attends one of our partner primary schools a short walk away. She comes from a supportive family who want her to succeed at school. They registered Samira and her two younger siblings for the homework club because, having moved to the UK from Somalia without a thorough education themselves, they find it difficult to help Samira, in particular with literacy. In the two years that she has been coming to the homework club we have seen Samira flourish. As well as improving her school work her confidence has rocketed.
Earlier this year Samira's school class spent a whole week at IntoUniversity learning all about World War II. This included a trip to HMS Belfast and the Britain at War Museum as well as a visit to UCL. Just before Christmas we matched Samira with a mentor from UCL called Peiting who is currently studying for a Law degree. Together they will do academic work, take part in fun social activities and plan what they would both like to achieve in the future".