During 2017-18 over 100,000 young people took part in higher education outreach programmes through the NCOP.
What is NCOP?
The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13.
Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.
Phase one of the programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s social mobility goals by rapidly increasing the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education.
Phase two will commence on 1 August 2019. Building on phase one it will support two main strands of activity:
- Targeted higher education outreach within the local areas where we can have the most impact
- Outreach hubs within the 29 local partnerships (known as 'consortia' in NCOP phase one) with cross-England coverage to help schools and colleges access the higher education outreach they need and provide a platform for wider collaboration.
For more information about the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, email [email protected]