Teachers, employers and support

Raising Aspirations Previous Projects 

The Raising Aspirations Pilot provided support for secondary schools and colleges to address the needs of disadvantaged pupils and funded projects which raised their aspirations.  

Secondary schools and colleges applied for grants ranging from £7,000 to £50,000 for projects that supported an increase in activity to raise aspirations amongst disadvantaged pupils by strengthening engagement with employers, widening pupil’s experiences of jobs beyond their home communities or engagement with young role models working in priority sectors. 

This pilot provided a unique opportunity to address ‘cold spots’ through a fund only available to schools and colleges in order to design solutions for the most disadvantaged communities. The pilot also delivered against the Strategic Economic Plan’s priority of “skilled people, better jobs, great education connected to the business”.