We are delighted to announce that our recent blog submission to the Higher Education Funding Council for England has been published today (Wednesday 19 October 2016).
The blog, written by Project Coordinator Poppy Hudghton, explores the Partnership’s success in supporting vulnerable groups within the North East aspire towards Higher Education and how we have been able to deliver programmes collaboratively with the right measures put in place.
Collaboration. The word crops up all the time. And some situations reveal why. Implanting the prospect of university in the mind of the most disadvantaged is one of them.
We know that students with certain backgrounds are much less likely to take up higher education. But to help them fulfil their potential, we need to develop a careful and sensitive understanding of their situation. They need cautious nurturing. We need to understand what they don’t understand.
We can only do this by working closely with the key people in their lives: carers, parents, schools, colleges, and local authorities.
It’s no secret that the North East suffers the lowest progression rates to higher education in England. And the North East Raising Aspiration Partnership was set up to bring a collaborative approach to this problem.
The partnership – one of thirty four HEFCE-funded National Networks for Collaborative Outreach across England – has now worked with a very broad range of partners. This has helped it to increase its reach, success and confidence. It has also seen clear results.
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