Name of Company:Slaughter and May
Programme Name:The Key Project
Working with Central Foundation Boy’s School, Slaughter and May partners with The Access Project to help motivate students from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve places at top universities through the Key Project. The firm’s volunteers give weekly academic tutorials to students who earn their place by making a formal application and demonstrating their commitment to learning. Students access confidence and articulacy workshops, including debating and creative writing, and Slaughter and May give students work experience at the firm and mentor them through their UCAS applications.
There are currently 90 students benefitting from the scheme, which runs from the age of 13 to leaving school. Volunteers gave 1,535 hours of tutoring in the last academic year with 85% of volunteers reporting that participation in the Key Project had developed their work skills. The school achieved their best ever exam results in 2013 and 42% of students received Russell Group offers in 2014 compared to 0% before the project began.