How can higher education engage more strategically with schools to raise attainment?

NEON Summit

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      10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The recent publication of the Office for Students’ consultation on a new approach to regulating equality of opportunity in English higher education, re-enforced the extent to which higher education institutions are expected to contribute to the raising of the pre-16 attainment of disadvantaged learners. Commenting upon its release the Director for Fair Access and Participation, John Blake, said:

‘We believe that universities and colleges can benefit from closer working with schools and charities to address the persistent gap in participation and success between those from the most advantaged backgrounds and their more disadvantaged peers.’

It is vital that higher education fully understands the contribution it can make, and clear that the Office for Students expects strategic partnerships need to be formed with schools in order to achieve this.

NEON will be holding online summit on How can higher education engage more strategically with schools to raise attainment?’, taking place on Wednesday 25th January from 10am to 4pm. This event will bring together key policy makers, sector leaders and practitioners to discuss these disparities, find solutions and strategies to address them, and consider the implications for their current work.

Speakers include:

  • Zara Lawson, Director of Research and Research Development, Alterline Research and Intelligence
  • Dr Susila Davis, Researcher, Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Alison Matthews, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Oxford
  • Hollie Baker, Joint Head of Student Experience (Access & Participation), University of Surrey
  • Dr Anna Anthony, Senior Analyst, HEAT
  • Dr Alex Martin-Carey, Curriculum Development Manager, University of Kent
  • Dr Suanne Gibson, Associate Professor of Inclusive Education, University of Plymouth
  • Helen Everitt, Deputy Headteacher, Oriel High School
  • Richard Lake, Assistant Headteacher Careers and Business, King’s Academy Easthampstead Park
  • Alastair McKenzie, Principal, Kings College Guildford and Fullbrook School
  • Mark Rayner, Headteacher, St Thomas More Catholic Academy

More speakers to be announced shortly


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