Children Looked After (CLA)

In 2017, 12 % of care leavers had entered higher education by the age of 23 compared with 42% of the population (Harrison, 2017)

Aimhigher London’s LAC network has been developing and delivering programmes since 2008.  At that time 38% of students attending the programme went on to study at University, 80% of those learners went onto study at one of the 3 participating Universities as part of the ‘Into HE’ programme.

Aimhigher London offers online Coaching opportunities to young people who are care experienced and matched with an undergraduate to explore the opportunities that a university education presents.

In providing a continuous and consistent experience of a series of distinct but linked experiences of University with familiar staff and undergraduates (Student Ambassadors) young people are able to test out their assumptions around careers, qualifications and HE.

The network delivers targeted core programmes for KS4 to Post 16 learners, in addition to a range of extension activities developed through the network on an ad-hoc basis in addition to CPD opportunities for staff.

“I’m glad I came to all of them because I’ve learnt something different in each one”
Yr 9 Learner, Into HE, Merton

“They are more motivated because they have a higher expectation of themselves and so do we”
KS4 Curriculum Manager, Croydon

“I would’ve liked to have had the opportunity to go on a programme like this when I was at school – I wouldn’t have made some of the choices I have made”
Yr 2 Undergraduate, Kingston University

Professionals working with Looked after Children and Care Leavers

A series of free online webinars aimed at professionals who support care leavers to access support in higher education

Who can tick the UCAS Application Box and How to Access Mental Health and Wellbeing Support?  

Thursday 21st April, 11:00-12:30pm 

This session will cover:

  • the importance of ticking the box on UCAS, as well as giving
  • An overview to the mental health and wellbeing support that students can access at university.

Support from the Local Authority via The Local Offer  

Thursday 28th April 2022, 11:00-11:45am

 This session will cover:

  • how local authorities help their young people into higher education through the Local Offer.
  • An opportunity for professionals and carers to compare notes and broaden their knowledge base.

Applying for Unite Foundation Scholarship and Receiving Support

Thursday 5th May 2022, 11:00-12:30pm

 The session will cover:

  • what The Unite Foundation scholarship is, who is eligible, what is included and most importantly, how to help your young people apply.
  • Showing how to access their brand new online application system to apply for an accommodation scholarship.


Applying for Disabled Student Allowance

Thursday 12th May, 11:00-12:30pm

This session will cover:

  • who can access Disabled Student Allowance
  • information about support for disabled students at higher education
  • An overview of the DSA application process, available support, and next steps/timeframes for getting support arranged.

Click on the link to the CPD flyer to book on to a free webinar! For further information, contact Usha Askoolum,

Click here to download CLA CPD Flyer April 2022


To raise awareness of participants’ skills, strengths and interests and explore potential pathways for their future in relation to these.
In the process:

  • Identify skills, strengths, interests and aspirations
  • Articulate aspirations for the future and how these might be realised
  • Understand the skills, pathways (and qualifications) needed for different careers
  • Increase confidence
  • Improve creative problem solving and decision making

Duration: February to July, with an in-person welcome event (February), HEI visit (April) and celebration event (July).

This programme is available to members-only.

For further details about CLA programmes contact: Justine Marcham