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Shaping Futures aim to provide all secondary schools and colleges across the Liverpool City region with comprehensive, impartial information, advice and support on all matters relating to Higher Education in one easily accessible place.

As a partnership of 12 local providers of Higher Education, Shaping Futures are committed to ensuring students, parents, teachers and advisers are fully equipped to better understand the Higher Education landscape, to access outreach locally and to support learners with the HE decision making process.

The Shaping Futures Hub provides a one stop shop for teachers and advisers to identify what outreach support is available across the Liverpool City Region, offering secondary schools and colleges access to a range of Higher Education appropriate information, useful links and handy materials. As part of the Uni Connect Programme, Shaping Futures are dedicated to helping all students access places in Higher Education.

The goal of the Shaping Futures Hub is to pool local outreach resources and to provide the Liverpool City Region (including St Helens) with a platform for improving students’ participation in university courses through collaborative activity, support and information.

Further details of their support programme can be found on the website https://shaping-futures.org.uk/type/parents/.


Shaping Futures Results Day Support

The countdown to results day is on and we know this can be an stressful time, with a number of different possible outcomes when results day comes. Shaping Futures have teamed up with our partners to create a microsite with impartial information and advice to help you prepare for 10th August – and what comes next.

The site can be accessed here and includes information and advice on:

  • Preparing for results day.
  • Clearing – what it is and how it works.
  • Clearing at universities and colleges across the Liverpool City Region – processes and signposting to clearing numbers and web pages.
  • Adjustment – what it is and how it works.
  • After results day – preparing for Higher Education at university or college.
  • Wellbeing – managing nerves and stress from now to results day.

For more information and support on results day, or anything to do with Higher Education and your next steps, get in touch with the Shaping Futures team via our website.


Shaping Futures Online resources

This site provides a comprehensive overview of the support we are able to offer you and your students. It contains a whole host of free downloadable resources, videos, and links to useful information and resources from across our partnership. These resources are designed to complement and enhance the work we are already deliver in your school. The site will be monitored regularly and updated monthly.


Shaping Futures have collaborated with All About Stem to create a 6 Week STEM Club. Aimed at KS3 students, this comprises 6 sets of worksheets with activities for students to explore a different STEM area. 6 Week STEM Clubs can be done during lessons, as after school clubs, or set to be completed independently as a home learning activity.


Shaping Futures now have Student Ambassadors from our 6 partner institutions (UoL, LJMU, Liverpool Hope, Edge Hill, LIPA & Chester University) available to live chat via our website on The Access Platform.

We have chosen a diverse range of students who are able to provide an insight into all areas of higher education including student life, choosing a course/university, applying to university, study skills – plus lots more!

This is a really valuable opportunity for pupils to speak directly with current students in their local area, who can provide a unique and in-depth overview of the benefits of HE, plus an insight into student life in the current climate.