A group of Southampton students are helping disadvantaged pupils achieve their academic potential. Working as part of the education project, Schools Plus, the structured year-long programme will see the group from the Southampton Hub tackle educational disadvantage in Southampton schools.

This will involve the students entering local schools acting as a positive role model to increase pupils’ aspirations and understanding of higher education. The students will then develop valuable and transferable skills in tutoring, communication, leadership and relationship building as well as benefit from networking opportunities and information about careers in education.

So far 183 Southampton students have gone through the recruitment process, with 10 returning volunteers adding up to 190 students to select tutors.

Of this number, 50 are now in three schools; Regents Park, St. Denys and Bassett Green, each focused on improving topics with the students.

To help develop further ideas for the project the Southampton Hub are holding an innovation workshop on Wednesday in Building 2, Room 2033 at the university.  The aim of this session will be to come up with the ideas, after which, Southampton Hub will offer funding, training and staff support to any potential projects, as part of the programme.

 For more information on the project contact tasha.unwin@studenthubs.org.