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End of term for schools project

A scheme allowing University of St Andrews students to help out in Fife school classrooms has ended for another year.

For 12 weeks this semester, 23 students have been supporting teachers in their classrooms in local schools. The joint initiative between the University of St Andrews and Fife Council’s Education Service encourages University students to act as informal class assistants, and aims to encourage school pupils to consider moving on to college or university after they leave school.

The programme, which is funded this year through the Fife Wider Access Project aims to raise pupils’ aspirations and motivation for staying on to higher education and gives students the opportunity to develop their social, organisational and problem solving skills. Now in its tenth year, the initiative also gives pupils the chance to interact informally with a university student and gain greater insight into student life, both academically and socially.

Participating schools this year included Beath High School, Cowdenbeath; The Waid Academy, Anstruther; Kirkland High School & Community College, Methil Brae; Lochgelly High School, Lochgelly; Madras College, St Andrews and Greyfriars RC Primary, St Andrews.

Students interested in participating next year should contact Admissions: Access Centre, 66 North Street, St Andrews – telephone 01334 462346.

ENDS

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews. For more information, contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530 or 07730 415 015.

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