AQA Unlocking Potential students shine on their mentoring journeys

Published: Monday 18 Mar 2019

We recently held the midpoint events for AQA Unlocking Potential, the mentoring programme we run with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Students from across the country travelled to our Guildford and Manchester offices to take part in the next stage of their AQA Unlocking Potential journeys.

AQA Unlocking Potential is the mentoring programme we run with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, and the students and teachers were joined by their Dame Kelly Holmes Trust mentors and AQA staff volunteers. They took part in team-building and problem-solving activities.

Later on, they worked with the mentors to finalise their plans for a social action project – every young person who takes part in AQA Unlocking Potential gets the chance to deliver one. They prepared for the then deliver pitches to a Dragon’s Den-style panel to apply for funding.

Ideas included support for students dealing with exam stress, a boccia tournament and a body positivity awareness day.

Beverley Morris, an AQA staff volunteer, said: “It’s fantastic to see how far the students have come three months into the programme, they’re so much more confident – I was blown away by how well they delivered their funding pitches for their social action projects. I can’t wait to see their progress at the celebration event later on this year.”

The students on the programme will now focus on delivering their social action projects in their communities, over the next few months, with the support of their mentors.

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