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FF recruits and trains university students to deliver a one-to-one coaching programme to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme consists of eight one-hour sessions and provides one-to-one contact throughout. As well as building a close relationship with their coach, every pupil uses Skype to interview professional experts from their two top career choices, bringing those careers to life.

Pupils and coaches work through four distinct phases, exploring their aspirations and career options in depth. The aim is that pupils should discover careers that ignite their individual drive and change the way they engage with their education.

Coaches provide assertive mentoring with a specific focus chosen by the school: promoting aspiration, attendance or attainment. Pupils complete the programme with a detailed academic plan showing the targets they have set for themselves to reach their first choice of career.

FF works in schools serving pupils from low income backgrounds, and says 'we know that these pupils do not lack high aspiration. What they do lack is the guidance, information and experiences to allow them to realise their career aspirations. We believe that every child deserves the chance to explore their unique aspirations, discover a career that ignites their individual drive and have their aspirations guided by a committed individual.'

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