Success4Life: An aspirational programme for looked after children

Emma Lewis, Emma Williams, Penny Lewis, David Allison

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    86 Downloads (Pure)


    Looked after children are a grossly under-represented group in Higher Education, with only 7% of care leavers entering HE. ‘Success4Life’ is a high-intensity widening participation project delivered by the University of Manchester for high school pupils in local authority care. Although the theme of Higher Education runs through the project, the Success4Life programme has a particular focus on developing lifelong skills in attendees and the application of those skills to education and careers more broadly. Working alongside positive role models, the project seeks to develop positive self-image, confidence, presentation and teamwork skills through a variety of group work and themed sessions. Feedback from post-programme questionnaires was extremely positive. Most attendees reported an increased desire to stay in education post-16 and to apply to University, and the development of key skills such as self-confidence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)116-127
    Number of pages12
    JournalWidening Participation and Lifelong Learning
    Issue number4
    Early online date1 Dec 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


    • Looked after children; widening participation; social responsibility


    Dive into the research topics of 'Success4Life: An aspirational programme for looked after children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this