Slaughters launches scheme to help state-school kids’ social mobility

Slaughter and May has teamed up with an inner-city school in a bid to help give students a better chance of winning places at top universities.

The magic circle firm has launched a social mobility project for Central Foundation Boys’ School in Islington, with the firm funding weekly one-to-one tutorials, after-school workshops and career insight events.

It has committed to fund the project for at least three years from the start of this year.

The firm said the initiative, known as the Key Project, was designed to “help motivated students get into top universities by enhancing their academic achievements, confidence, articulacy and career aspirations”.

As part of the scheme, students will be guided through university application processes and helped with university visits and interview training, with Slaughters partners, associates and support staff involved. The firm will also fund a full-time on-site programme manager.

The scheme, in partnership with The Access Project, an educational charity, will give places to 40 pupils at the school in the first year, with this figure rising to at least 80 by 2013.

Slaughters was one of 23 firms that last year signed up to the Prime social mobility initiative, which required member firms to provide at least 30-35 hours of work experience and offer at least as many work experience places annually as it does training contracts (14 September 2011).