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Raising Aspirations In Secondary Education (RAISE)

The RAISE programme is a range of fun, interactive lectures, workshops, and competitive quizzes for students in Years 7 to 11. The sessions are designed to motivate and inspire students around particular subjects, and in the long term raise achievement at GCSE.

The programme aims to support secondary school students by raising aspirations and breaking down perceived barriers to higher education. From interactive lectures to big quizzes, the events take place throughout the academic year and are free to attend for schools.

What to expect 

RAISE events are fun and educational and the content will vary depending on the age group. They include lectures, workshops, and quizzes that schools can participate in.


  • We offer 50-minute lectures for Year 7 students that are designed to be fun and educational and all content will be relevant to the age group
  • Where possible, audience members can help with demonstrations and experiments
  • Schools can bring as many students to these as they wish
  • Schools will have the opportunity to attend two lectures on the day

There will be a variety of lectures on subjects across the arts and humanities as well as the sciences.


  • Schools compete to win prizes, trophies, and medals with each round of the quiz, focusing on a different area of the topic
  • Each school can enter up to six teams (a maximum of four students per team).
  • The quizzes are designed to offer students insight into different areas of study and careers

Special event: Year 9 Future Voters Forum

Date: 27 June 2024
Venue: University of Birmingham

The 2024 General Election is soon approaching. Join our Future Voters Forum, an exciting and interactive event for Year 9 Pupils to learn about politics in Britain and the importance of civic engagement.

We will provide comprehensive education on how elections operate, from campaigning to voting, along with engaging activities that help students understand the various political parties and their platforms. Similar to our Big Quiz format, there will also be opportunities to compete against other schools with prizes up for grabs.

This event will also feature a Mock Parliament, giving students the chance to experience parliamentary procedures first-hand and debate issues that are important to them. Don't miss this opportunity to inspire and educate the next generation of voters!

Contact us

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