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Join the race against educational disadvantage: Run 10k for Schools Plus! About Schools Plus Educational disadvantage remains one of the most destructive and pervasive problems in the UK. 13% of children in the UK live in severe poverty, while 21% are eligible for Free School Meals. Only 36% of pupils entitled to free school meals achieve 5 GCSEs at C or above, including English and Maths (compared to 63% of pupils who are not eligible) and a mere 16% go on to university (compared to 96% of children from independent schools).


Plus trains university students who are passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects as tutors and mentors for school pupils from difficult backgrounds who are struggling to meet their attainment grades in order to help break the cycle of disadvantage.

!In one-to-one or small group settings, our 700 volunteer

students tutor 1,500 primary and secondary school pupils in 13 subjects (including English, History, Languages, Maths, Sciences, Art, Music and more) — supporting them to reach their academic potential and aspire to more. Currently, we deliver the Schools Plus programme through our Hubs in Bristol, Imperial, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Southampton and Winchester. While these cities are well-known for their leading universities, they also have high levels of inequality with areas of significant deprivation.

Over 15% of Bristol’s districts are in the 10% most deprived areas of the UK, and less than 1/3 of students in schools or colleges in Bristol go on to university. Bristol faces huge socio-economic challenges: a quarter of children in Bristol live in poverty, more than in any other part of the South West. This deprivation leads to educational disadvantage (only 22.9% of children eligible for Free School Meals in Bristol attained 5 A*-C GCSEs compared to 50.6% of their peers who are not eligible), and tends to prevent these pupils from knowing about and pursuing Further and Higher Education opportunities.

!Bristol Hub Schools Plus supports 650 pupils at 2 primary

and 2 secondary schools in the city, in the subjects of English, Maths, Spanish, Art, Citizenship, Environment and Science — inspiring the children and young people to gain interest, knowledge and confidence in their studies and reach their potential despite their difficult backgrounds.



YOU can help tackle this challenge by putting on your running shoes. Go the extra mile and start training for a sponsored run in support of Schools Plus! Read on for the info on how you can do this…

> Find out more at Student Hubs is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1122328.

Join the race against educational disadvantage: Run 10k for Schools Plus! How to Run for Schools Plus 1) Sign up for the 2014 Bristol 10k — which takes place on **Sunday 11 May**, starting at the city’s historic harbour-side — before Monday 14 April: (You may of course chose to sign up to another run happening this spring if you hear of one your prefer!) 2) Create a page for your run through MyDonate: **Click on ‘start fundraising’, then ‘create my challenge’ and register your run in support of Student Hubs.** 3) Ask your friends and family — in person, or via phone, email, social media or carrier pigeon — to support you and this great cause by donating to your page. 4) Ready, set, run! Start training regularly ahead of the race: enjoy the outdoors and keep healthy by preparing for the big day… Remember to drink lots of water, eat nutritious food, take it one step at a time and be amazed by what you can achieve. 5) Smile: you and your supporters will have done a good thing for the community!

“Schools Plus volunteers are close to our age and we can really relate to them. They have also given me lots of advice on applying to good universities.” Schools Plus pupil, 2014

! About Student Hubs Student Hubs works across the UK at 9 universities—Bristol, Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, SOAS, Southampton, Warwick and Winchester—to transform student engagement with social and environmental issues, facilitating more students to make a difference during their time at university and become tomorrow’s social leaders.

!We inspire students through conferences and

speaker events, connect them with opportunities to get involved and lead through volunteering projects and social enterprise, and support them to make effective, positive impact starting today through our training and social impact careers programmes.


> Find out more at Student Hubs is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1122328.

Run 10k for Bristol Schools Plus 2014