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. Young people from disadvantaged postcode
districts are 4 times less likely to get good GCSEs than students from
well-off areas, and 6 times less likely to go to university.
IntoUniversity centres provide sustained academic support, motivation
and encouragement to give all young people a fair chance of realising
The vision of IntoUniversity is to provide a national network of high quality, local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. At each local centre IntoUniversity will offer an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a place at university or another chosen aspiration. It also explains the university application process to those parents who are unfamiliar with the UK system.
One of the distinctive aspects of the IntoUniversity programme is that it consists of three strands - FOCUS, Academic Support and Mentoring - that span the age range 8 to 18. Elements in these three strands include: primary and secondary academic support, half-term FOCUS weeks, primary FOCUS weeks and days, Extending Horizons weekends, school liaison work, school scholarships, mentoring, aspire and achieve days and a buddy scheme.
Tomís Trust has helped to set up a new centre in Kensal Green, close to where Tom used to live. - www.intouniversity.org