NEON Summit: How can schools support HE progression?

NEON Summit

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      9:30 am - 4:00 pm

This summit will bring together key stakeholders to examine how higher education institutions (HEIs) can work more closely with schools around widening access and embed widening access activities within school strategic plans. There will be sessions looking at curriculum developments within schools and case studies from a number of NCOP partnerships and HEI’s.


By attending the event delegates will:

  • Hear about innovative ways of engaging with colleagues in schools and colleges.
  • See how widening access activities offer schools important opportunities to meet their obligations for groups of pupils and can be used as evidence for OFSTED reports.
  • Gain an understanding from policymakers and other partners about developments in the secondary curriculum.
  • Receive an update about Gatsby benchmarks, how this is being implemented in schools, and how these can help to embed widening access activities within the school curriculum.
  • Consider the importance of working with younger age groups, including at primary level.
  • Share best practice and discuss how to overcome challenges with colleagues from other institutions.
  • Hear about NEON’s latest research on school culture and its impact upon the aspirations of pupils, carried out with 400 headteachers and teachers and nearly 3,000 pupils.

Please click here for the agenda of the event. 

Speakers include:

• Andy Mellor, National President 2018-19, National Association of Headteachers

• Andrew Moffat, Regional Lead for London, The Careers and Enterprise Company

• Stephanie Hamilton, Area Director: South of England, The Brilliant Club

• Jan Parnell, Assistant Director of Education , Hammersmith & Fulham Local Authority

• Josie Turner, Assistant Headteacher, Peacehaven Community School

• Meeta Dave, Headteacher, Radford Academy

• Alice McLaren, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach, University of Surrey

• Lisa Batchelor, Schools Manager, KMPF

• Hannah Trott, Widening Participation and Outreach Coordinator, Kings College, Guildford

• Helen O’Donnell, CEO and Director of Partnerships, Children’s University

• Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON


This event is particularly relevant to:

• Heads of widening participation and/or outreach
• National Collaborative Outreach Project staff
• Heads of school liaison
• Advisors working within student recruitment, widening participation and school liaison.
• Educational researchers interested in widening access issues
• Other organisations working with schools around higher education progression
• Headteachers
• Heads of sixth form
• Careers’ staff working in schools


Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.

Membership organisation rate: £149 – 25% discount for NEON members only
Non-member organisation rate: £199


Date: Thursday 11th July 2019
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4.00pm
Location: London, 7 minute walk from King’s Cross station