Aimhigher Coordinators Meeting
Wednesday 23th September 2009
14.30 – 16.00
EIP Meeting Room
Rowdown Primary School
Trevor Cartmel Present Addington High School Paul Smith Selsdon High
Graham Sharpe Oasis Academy Mrs Ryan-Clarke St. Marys High
Present Shirley Park Absent School
Steve Knight The Archbishop TBA (att Caroline Alcock) Harris Academy
Present Lanfranc Apologies Purley
Kevin Maskell Director London South Elizabeth Winfield Westwood Girls
Present Aimhigher Present
Julia Kemal Norbury Manor Lorraine Smith Oasis Academy
Present Business and Absent Coulsdon
Suzanne Marchment Aimhigher London Dave Clark Partnership
Apologies South Apologies
Danyl Whyte Harris South Norwood Janet Movery-Peers Coulsdon College
Apologies Academy Present
Roy Forbes Thomas More John Stopanni Croydon College
Yolanda Castro Edenham High Melanie Jackson John Ruskin
Present Present College
2. Matters Arising
Funding letters went out to Heads and Principals in July 2009 to identify the level of funding. Included with
the letter was an agreement form that identified the level of commitment required by Senior Managers and
Coordinators. The agreement also identified what you can expect from the central team. Copies of these
can be found on the London South Aimhigher web site http://www.aimhigherlondonsouth.org.uk
In December the Area Partnership Committee will discuss school and college allocation proposals based
on deprivation and achievement index data in December. Funding will be finalized at the end of May 2010.
National Aimhigher Awards
It was identified that several bids were put in for the awards 2008-9. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful.
If schools and colleges wish to put any students in for any of the awards contact the London South
Aimhigher Office. Ask for Suzanne Marchment or KM. We will provide the relevant advice and support the
bid as necessary. The details of the awards and the categories are on the National Aimhigher web site.
Croydon Education Improvement Partnership
Rowdown Primary School, Calley Down Crescent, New Addington, CR0 0EG
Tel: 01689 843890
3. University Presentations from London South Bank and Kingston University
Mark Ellis from London South Bank University gave a presentation on the variety of activities that they have
organized for schools and colleges. For further information access the London South bank University Web
Site or contact Mark Ellis.
Emily Butters from Kingston University provided a booklet outlining the range of activities provided by the
university from year 8-13. Further information from Kingston University web site or contact Jayne Clanfield
at the Widening Participation Department of the University.
4. Reports 08-09
Most reports have been returned for the previous year. KM identified the importance of the reports in terms
of reporting to the HEFCE and the Area Partnership Committee.
Any outstanding reports to be returned by the 30 September via e-mail.
Trevor Cartmell agreed to provide an electronic version in addition to the paper copy.
5. Contract/contract returns
All schools had returned the agreement/contract for 2009-10 and had identified a senior manager
6. Target students and information on student returns
The spreadsheet for completing information on Target group students was discussed. It was agreed that
the returns would be made by the end of October 2009. The information would be placed onto a central
database so that student activity in the region could be tracked for evaluation purposes.
Two target groups are to be identified. They do not have to be a year 10 and 11 group. The two groups can
be a year 9 and 10 group in the case of schools. In the case of FE/Sixth Form Colleges a year 12 and a
year 13 Level 3 groups. The spreadsheet has year group tabs so that schools and colleges can complete
as is appropriate.
The students will be tracked over the next two years to evaluate the impact of the programme. Aimhigher
London South has a team of evaluators who will be using the data collected and interview learners and
staff at various times.
Tracking Spreadsheet to be completed by the end of October
The tracking spreadsheet will be sent out to schools and colleges/available on
7. Plans/format 2009/10
KM identified that the plans for 2009/10 require schools and colleges to identify their expenditure for
activities. This is to provide information on the costs associated with a range of activities and to be reported
back to the HEFCE.
The Plans are to be provided in draft form by September 30 2009.
Full Plans to be Completed after the Training Event in November 2009
8. TDA Scheme/ Aimhigher Associate Scheme
Emily Butters of Kingston University identified the differences between the TDA Student Associate Scheme
and the Aimhigher Associate Scheme.
TDA scheme the Associates are interested in teaching and work mainly, but not exclusively in the
Aimhigher Associates work could work mainly outside the classroom and provide a range of Information
and Guidance activities. They are not necessarily interested in teaching in the future. They are also able to
support with Mathematics and English.
Contact KM if you wish to be involved in the scheme by the 20 September 2009
9. Evaluation activity
The range of evaluation activities were discussed and the background information given. Schools and
colleges will be approached as to the type of activities to be undertaken. Particular interest will be taken in
tracking the impact of activities on individual achievement.
Schools and colleges to be approached in the near future by Suzanne Marchment
10. VPS/Summer School
Coordinators were informed about the range of activities taking place in the Vocational Progression
Scheme and the Summer School Activities for Sports Science courses and Health Care. This scheme is
to work with learners on Level 3 Vocational Courses to help them to identify the relevant university
progression routes for them. The activities help them to investigate and experience the range of routes
The universities involved include London South Bank and Kingston University.
Year 10 Aimhigher Conference 2009
It was agreed to run 2 conferences one at Roehampton University and the other at London South Bank.
The dates are Roehampton on the 9 December and London South Bank on the 15 December.
Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College are not able to attend due to prior engagements
Schools to identify the dates they wish to attend the conference by 23 October 2009.
Date of Next Meeting 2 December 2009