Empowering looked after children through education
The First Star model is a long-term university preparatory programme for looked after children. The programme is based on a partnership between a university, the young person, and First Star. First Star recruits ‘scholars’ at the beginning of their GCSE year (age 14/15) to join the four-year programme of academic support and life skills at a local university or through our First Star 2U programme. Scholars stay with the programme up to the age of 18; becoming Guardian Scholars as they graduate from First Star. Scholars attend monthly sessions and a summer residential programme at a university campus.