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Raising Aspirations and Improving Access to Top Universities (RATU)

A LONDON SCHOOLS EXCELLENCE FUNDED PROJECT IN HARINGEY

University VisitThe NRTA is very proud to announce the launch of its project aimed at increasing the numbers of Haringey sixth formers attending top universities. This inspirational programme involves the NRTA working in close partnership with the Prince's Teaching Institute and the Brilliant Club. Over the next two years, Haringey teachers of Science, English, Maths and History will work alongside leading Oxbridge academics in developing both resources and classroom practice. Furthermore, students with great potential from throughout the borough will receive mentoring from PhD students to ensure they develop the necessary skills to apply to the best universities. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PROJECT AIMS

The RATU Project has two overall aims:

  • augment the participation of Haringey sixth form students the UK's in top universities*, particularly those from under-represented and disadvantaged groups;
  • enhance and further embed the subject specialist knowledge of maths, English, physics, biology, history and chemistry teachers working in Haringey such that they are able to introduce new and effective strategies for delivery in these subjects at KS4 and KS5.

*defined as those universities that achieved an overall ranking between 700-1000 as defined by the UK university league tables for 2014. This is a total of 41 universities, as shown on the attached list.  The full list is available via the attached link. http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?v=wide.

For a useful summary about initiatives aimed at increasing the participation levels for those students currently under-represented at UK top universities see the attachment and link below:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/10/higher-education-university-schools-a-levels.

PROJECT FUNDING

The Project arose out of a successful bid by Alexandra Park School, lead school in the New River Teaching Alliance (NRTA), working in partnership with Haringey LA, to the London Schools' Excellence Fund.

The funding that has been drawn makes provision for:

  • one-to-one mentoring by The Brilliant Club (http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/) for selected sixth form students (c288 sixth form students, eight from each of the subject areas noted above from six secondary schools). NB selection criteria will reflect the Project’s aim of championing social mobility and fair opportunity; See attached leaflet (link to leaflet)
  • Pupils will also be mentored in schools that do not have a sixth form to install aspirations earlier
  • a six-week targeted CPD programme, comprising 2 full days and 4 twilight sessions, delivered by The Prince's Teaching Institute, in each of the above subject specialist areas.  Anticipated participation levels are 2 teachers per subject per school 120 in total ie  teachers in total (40 in year 1 of the Project)
  • a series of short, 3-day, subject specialist summer school for graduates of the CPD programme
  • dissemination and networking events led and/or attended by graduates of the CPD and summer schools to their specialist subject area peers (accessing a further 70+ teachers)
  • a new discrete virtual learning environment (VLE), accessible for all Haringey secondary schools, which will provide a resource base with materials and model lessons, targeted at KS4 and KS5 students, in each of the above subjects
OVERALL BENEFITS
  • An improved teaching and learning experience for all sixth form students in each the above subjects
  • The sharing of best practice in subject specialist teaching across all secondary schools in Haringey at KS4 and KS5
  • Up dated and enhanced subject knowledge for teachers to take back to departments
  • Confident and aspirant students, better equipped to access and benefit from the UK's top universities
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