5 December 2017

NEON Summit: Primary Age Outreach to Secure Fair Access


Long-term outreach activities with primary age learners is continuously recognised as paramount to narrowing the aspiration and attainment gaps before they reach a critical level. The Sutton Trust has estimated that “two thirds of pupils on free school meals who are among the top fifth of performers at age 11 are not among the top fifth of performers at GCSE, and half do not go on to university”. Within this context, primary age outreach takes on a unique and clear imperative.

This one day summit will look at a number issues regarding primary age outreach and will equip delegates with resources to bring back to their work. During the day, we will:

  • Consider how to best monitor and evaluate the impact of primary age outreach activities
  • Examine new research on what institutions are doing in this area, which will be revealed at the summit
  • Learn about examples of best practice through examination of two successful case studies
  • Hear from a panel of teachers about how to engage this age group
  • Develop the work you are doing at your own institution or organisation through group work with practitioners from across the country and the summit’s presenters.

While outreach with primary age learners undoubtedly presents its own challenges, it also yields dividends to institutions and organisations that work collaboratively. As Mike Thompson from Aimhigher West Midlands writes, “The primary phase represents a neutral, non-competitive space where the business case for working together to underpin long-term, sector-wide gains is strong.” With this in mind, we will consider ways of moving forward collaboratively with primary age outreach in order to best achieve our collective goals.

NEON Summits are designed to be applicable to practitioners, academics and researchers from HEIs, FECs, NCOPs and third sector organisations.

Places at this event are strictly limited so early booking is advisable.

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