Online mentoring is a great way to help younger students think about their future. Working with schools in every region of England, our trained mentors from higher education and the world of work support young people to choose their post-16 options and plan for life after school, building their knowledge and skills and making sure they start on the right path to future education and career success.

To find out more about setting up an online mentoring project and our prices, get in touch with Nick Wells on 0203 096 8129 or

We run the following programmes for students in Years 9-11:

The Challenge

Helps young people:

Students work in groups of four to five, supported by an industry or undergraduate mentor via Brightside’s online mentoring platform, for 10 weeks. Groups design an online resource aimed at helping young people explore their options after completing school, and get involved in weekly activities on topics such as research, delegation and visual presentation.

The Challenge can be delivered during term time, at any point in the academic year.

“It has helped me gain confidence, choose my options for GCSEs and many of my skills have improved greatly.” Mentee

“The students were engaged and supported beyond normal institutional provision”  Teacher


Pre-16 Mentoring

Helps young people:

Students are matched to a mentor for 10-12 weeks, with two potential routes:

Our pre-16 mentoring can be delivered at any point during the academic term.

“Very effective, boosted my optimism for the future and helped me gain more insight into life at university.” Mentee

“The students felt the benefits and were privileged to be part of such a scheme. We are very grateful as a school to be given the opportunity to partake in this scheme and send our sincerest thanks.” Teacher


All Brightside projects offer the following:

Online mentoring platform
Mentees and mentors have full access to Brightside’s safe, secure online mentoring platform, allowing them to communicate whenever and wherever is most convenient to them. The platform also features e-learning activities and articles from Bright Knowledge, Brightside’s bank of resources on careers, education and student life.

All our mentors hold an enhanced DBS check, all messages pass through filters to screen for inappropriate content, and are moderated by NSPCC-trained co-ordinators.

Training and co-ordination
Mentors and mentees will receive training from Brightside, and you will be assigned a Brightside co-ordinator for full support throughout the project. We design a mentoring schedule giving mentors key topics to discuss with their mentee(s).

Brightside’s impact management process uses robust evaluation frameworks to collect qualitative and quantitative data. This can be presented in impact reports tailored to the reporting needs of our partners.

Find out more about becoming a partner.



Since the end of the mentoring I have completed college (getting A*AAB in my A-levels) and I am now a second year MPhys Physics with Astrophysics student at the University of Exeter. Mentoring helped me prepare for university by giving me someone to talk to who was doing a degree similar to what I wanted to pursue. I was able to ask about university life, the application process and any tips for college and A-levels.