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Aspirations: Student-led personal development

Our Aspirations programme helps your school use data on your students' needs, interests and ambitions to design individual personal development programmes and measure their impact

How will Aspirations help my school?

Aspirations takes the hassle out of planning and coordinating a brilliant and targeted personal development offer, so you can focus on delivering the support that will benefit your students  the most.  

It helps schools and colleges deliver careers, PSHE, enrichment and wellbeing programmes—both in person and online—based on students' interests, needs and ambitions. It does this by providing you with the software, templates and training you need to capture your students' voices and use that information effectively.  

Even better, impact measurement and reporting is all built in – so you'll be able to see the difference you're making, and use that evidence to drive continued improvements.

Watch the video to find out more:

Aspirations in numbers

36

secondary schools and sixth-form colleges shaping their support offer to student needs

30909

students with a personal development planner

621

online resources & school activities made available to students

Hear what our schools say:

Case study: Salford City Academy (KS3-4)

Salford City Academy have used Aspirations to completely rethink their approach to student development, with exceptional results.

Data captured from the students has been used to:

  • Create an extensive programme of clubs and activities for students, based entirely on their interests and requests. Encouraging participation was a  challenge to start—it wasn't the 'norm' for many—but it's now a part of school culture, with two-third regularly attending after school clubs after just one year 

  • Plan targeted “Aspire Days” each term, combining trips, visits, careers fairs and other enrichment activities

  • Ensure every student gets the individual support they need. For example, data showed 135 disadvantaged students had never had a 'proper' conversation about their future—so the school arranged for all of them to have 1:1 career support with a trained advisor

 

You can see what Aspire means to Salford’s students in the video—although their results  speak for themselves!

24%

drop in absenteeism

50%

fewer exclusions

77%

reduction in NEET

89%

higher after-school club participation

Why we do what we do

“Aspirations is already changing everything we do. It’s even changing me as a teacher and leader—how I act, how I think—everything”

Assistant Principal

At East, we are driven by a belief that every child in the UK should be given the opportunities and the support they need to find their passions, recognise their strengths, and fulfil their ambitions—regardless of their circumstances.

Our flagship programme, Aspirations, helps schools and colleges deliver and improve personal development opportunities based on their students' interests, needs and ambitions—and use data to know that it's working.

Co-developed by teachers and school leaders, in partnership with...

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