Aston Undergraduates in Schools

SRO Aston undergraduates in schools

Aston undergraduate students work in local schools to deliver exceptional tutoring and student specific mentoring programmes, providing a great support to pupils and staff during the academic year.   

Aston University students work in schools on a one-to-one or small group basis to provide pupils with ongoing support as they encounter the various transition milestones throughout secondary school. Mentors work with pupils for a full academic year with the aim of improving attainment and aspirations.

The mentoring programme is a partnership scheme provided through the Aimhigher West Midlands initiative. Please see more information here.  

Aston University students work as volunteer learning assistants in local schools and colleges, across a range of exam classes.

Taking direction from the classroom teacher, Boost! volunteers provide additional support for up to 6 pupils per class over 10 week period, challenging them to reach their potential.  

The core aims of the programme are to: 

  1. boost pupils’ self confidence 
  2. boost pupils’ motivation 
  3. boost pupils’ attainment 

Boost! is subject specific and dependant on both the school's needs and the subject expertise of our volunteers. The role of a Boost! volunteer is different from that of a Teaching Assistant (TA): their primary role is to help students learn, through facilitation of student activities, rather than to help the teacher teach.

Boost! is provided at no cost to schools.

Aston University students act as guided readers and role models to pupils in Years 5 - 8 for an 10 week period during the spring term. 

Taking direction from the classroom teacher, each Reading Star volunteer can support up to 6 pupils whose reading ability falls below national expectations. 

The core aims of the programme are to:  

  1. improve literacy and reading levels in lower ability students 
  2. improve pupils attitudes towards reading – confidence, enjoyment, frequency


The Reading Stars programme would be particularly well suited to schools who allocate dedicated reading/literacy time into the school timetable. 

Reading Stars is provided at no cost to schools.