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The Seren Foundation is an aspirational programme for learners between years 8 and 11 at state schools across Wales which supports the development of valuable skills and academic ability at GCSE level.

The aim is to provide information, advice and guidance to enable learners to make informed decisions about GCSE and A level subject choices with the long-term view of helping them attain their higher education and career ambitions.

The programme provides inspiration and advice about university options and degree courses, the links to careers across a wide range of sectors, and the potential pathways open to them.

Seren helps learners develop valuable skills required at GCSE and A level such as analytical and critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and revision techniques.

For more information about the Seren Foundation programme and the support on offer, please download our prospectus.

Seren Foundation prospectus 2021 to 2022

Throughout the year learners will be able to take part in a wide range of subject-specific and extra-curricular activities tailored to each specific year group, including:

  • An online National Conference
  • Career-based sessions on becoming a vet or medic
  • ‘Routes into Languages’ courses
  • Workshops led by ambassadors from MIT, for example ‘Laws of Motion’ and ‘Climate Change’
  • National essay and creative writing competitions
  • Stretch and Challenge workshops
  • Subject-specific masterclasses, tutorials and Q&A sessions to supercharge your studies
  • Virtual university and museum tours
  • Careers guidance and advice
  • Online resources to develop your passion for subjects

Learners also receive a reflective journal that will enable them to tailor their own Seren experience and build a pathway to the future.

Seren is a Welsh Government initiative dedicated to helping Wales’ brightest learners achieve their full academic potential and support their education pathway into leading universities in Wales, the UK, and overseas.

The Seren programme is available to year 8 to 13 learners from state schools and further education colleges across Wales, regardless of their economic background, personal situation, or location.

By providing extra-curricular study experiences and super-curricular enrichment activities that enhance and go beyond the curriculum, Seren supports the aspirations and ambitions of the most talented and able learners, helping expand their horizons, and develop a lifelong passion for learning.

Support includes subject-specific masterclasses, workshops, tutorials, study guides, advice and guidance, mentoring, help in developing personal statements, mock interviews, and online conferences.

Seren invites the brightest students from Welsh state schools and further education colleges to join the programme at the start of each academic year.

Seren Foundation learners are identified by their respective schools and Seren leads based on the eligibility criteria as set by Welsh Government and agreed with and by all 12 hubs.

Divided into 12 regional hubs across Wales, the Seren programme spans the length and breadth of Wales.

Hubs are led by a dedicated Seren coordinator who designs and organises a calendar of events. There are also cross-hub events that allow students to attend an even wider range of activities.

Each coordinator promotes Seren’s national events to all participating schools and colleges, as well as organising a calendar of activities available to schools within their region.

Please download our hub contact list to find your regional Seren coordinator.

Regional hubs: contact details for schools, parents and carers

A repository of interactive distance learning materials will be launched January 2022, including a wide range of live online events, webinars, videos and podcasts, all designed to stretch and challenge within specific subject areas.

Resources will include:

  • Subject-specific study resources
  • Super-curricular and enrichment resources
  • Partner resources from leading universities
  • Advice and guidance resources for learners
  • Advice and guidance resources for teachers, parents and carers

The Seren Foundation is a pathway to the Seren Academy which is available to year 12 and 13 students from state schools and further education colleges across Wales, regardless of their economic background, personal situation, or location.

Seren Academy learners are identified by their respective schools and colleges following their GCSE results in the summer, based on the eligibility criteria as set by Welsh Government.

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