Looked after children are a grossly under-represented group in Higher Education, with only 7% of care leavers entering HE. â€˜Success4Lifeâ€™ 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.
- Looked after children; widening participation; social responsibility