Future First helps more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education

Future First is delighted to be partnering with two National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) groups in Sussex and East Anglia to bring alumni networks to 44 schools in these areas.

NCOP aims to support the most disadvantaged young people in target wards in England to progress into higher education, doubling the number that do so by 2020.  The programme consists of 29 regional consortia which are undertaking outreach activity in areas where the higher education participation of young people is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment.

Future First’s work with the Sussex Learning Network and Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) will see disadvantaged students in schools in these areas hearing from alumni role models about the many opportunities higher education can bring, opening their eyes to a world beyond their own.

Tom Levinson, Project Manager for neaco, said, “We are delighted to be working with Future First to help show young people the array of higher education options available to them. A network of past pupils, with their higher education experience, is a valuable way to engage the region’s young people and motivate them to take their education further.”

Christine Gilbert, Future First’s Executive Chair said, “We are delighted to be supporting NEACO’s important work in encouraging more young people in the area to benefit from the many opportunities higher education can bring. Future First helps schools and colleges build and use a network of their former students in active support of the current generation. Alumni are unique because of their connection with current students. The young people in these schools will truly benefit from working with former students, who will show them what’s possible from a future in higher education and open their eyes to a world beyond their own.”

More information on NCOP and pupil targeting can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/sas/ncop/.