In partnership with Allen & Overy, we are inviting students to take part in one of our Smart Choices Information Days.

These half-day events will give participants the opportunity to learn how to identify, secure and analyse professional and academic experiences.

The event will give students the chance to take part in a number of interactive group activities which will allow them to identify different opportunities available to them and the benefits of these.

They will also find out how to demonstrate their commercial awareness in interviews and how to reflect on and analyse their experiences.

Students will also be introduced to Allen & Overy’s Smart Start Programme, which gives young people from non-privileged backgrounds access to high quality work experience in the world of business.

Students will leave with an action plan, including details about the Smart Start programme and how to apply.

Event information:

*The events are free of charge. Refreshments will be provided, but students may choose to bring a packed lunch with them.


In order to be eligible for the Smart Start programme, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in year 12


  • attending, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college.

In addition we are looking for students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have been in receipt of Free School Meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary whilst at secondary school

  • Would be the first generation in their family to attend university

  • Have been looked after or are currently in local authority care

  • Are, or have been, a full-time or part-time carer

  • Came to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker

  • Have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and a maximum of 5 at grades 9-7, that is a minimum of 5 at grade C and a maximum of 5 at grades A*-A in the old system*

*we are keen to attract students from this middle bracket, rather than the highest achieving students, because the programme is likely to have the most impact on these students.

Please note: The more criteria the students meet, the more likely they are to be offered a place on the programme.

With the above in mind, we ask that when registering students for a Smart Choices Information event that you prioritise those that meet these criteria.

How to register your students:

You can register students for one of the Smart Choices Information Days by clicking here to complete the Teacher Referral Form (you will be asked to indicate which criteria each student meets).

Contact information:

If you have any queries please contact us at