Brightside has worked with The Sutton Trust for a number of years across many of its social mobility programmes, using online mentoring to provide students with additional support to enhance a programme of skills workshops, placements and face-to-face interventions. These include the Pathways programmes for Law, Coding and Banking and Finance, alongside the Sutton Scholars and Sutton Trust Summer Schools.
‘Online mentoring allows our students to consolidate the experience of a face-to-face intervention and receive support long after they have left the classroom. It provides a safe space to ask questions they may not otherwise ask and get tailored advice and support from a trained mentor. A relationship with a mentor allows students to develop their confidence and communication skills and we have seen many success stories through our time working with Brightside.’
Laura Bruce, Head of Programmes and Partnerships, The Sutton Trust
‘Online mentoring gave me an opportunity to ask questions to people who are going through the process of studying law and their background, which to me was more valuable and relatable than such advice coming from teachers and career advisers. Being the first generation of my family to go to university, there were a lot of unknowns, both surrounding studying law and university in general. The programme allowed me a realistic insight into both of these things with support and guidance offered along the way.’
Pathways To Law mentee