AAF believes very strongly in the importance of partnerships. We a very fortunate to have forged a series of partnerships with organisations who share our values and who provide specialised content for our residential programmes. They are listed below.
United Learning is a group of schools, both state and private, aiming to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country. The second AAF supported programme, United Access, has been established in association with United Learning and the United Learning Partnership Fund, a fund to raise money and foster collaboration between schools so as to give staff and students academic, sporting and cultural experiences that no individual school could offer alone.
The Kent Academies Network (‘KAN’) is a collaboration of independent schools and maintained academies that have been working together since 2007, and emerged out of the co-sponsorship of 6 academies by 5 independent schools and one grammar school in Kent.
The Brightside Trust is a charity who provide students with online mentoring to ensure they fulfil their potential The KAN APP makes use of the Brightside Trust’s VLE, an online learning platform, to enable our own mentors to engage with their students throughout the year. This constant contact allows our students to remain engaged with the APP, but also strengthens the bond between mentor and mentee, while also ensuring our students can get the support and advice they need throughout the year.
The Unreasonables, formerly the Young Leadership Consultancy, have provided several hours of content for our programmes. Aimed at developing leadership skills amongst the young people they work with, their sessions are always positively received by our students who comment on the energy, positivity and knowledge that that Unreasonables team bring to the classroom.
The Brilliant Club are an award-winning charity who take learning beyond the curriculum, delivering university style learning courses, led by post-doctoral researchers, to students from state schools. The Brilliant Club run a bespoke programme during our Summer Residentials for our students, allowing them to experience small group seminars, similar to those utilised at most universities. Our students then complete an independent assignment which is marked by their PhD tutor, continuing their engagement beyond the week-long residential.
Teach First are one of the top graduate recruiters in the UK and are a social enterprise, which aims to improve teaching in state schools by placing recent graduates in schools while they earn their PGCE. Teach First have ran our mentor training for the past few years, and offered assistance in the preparation of our development framework.
A social enterprise founded to challenge the ‘access gap’ in British universities, Causeway Education (formerly ‘HEAN’) are experts in university applications. They have worked with our sixth form students on their personal statements, tackling some of the myths around university in the process.
Exscitec aim to increase engagement with STEM subjects by providing bespoke activities aimed at bringing science to life. They recently delivered a robotics session as a part of our Easter Residential, giving our students the chance to apply their knowledge in a practical and enjoyable way.