Join us to discuss ways of making sustainable change to HE progression in schools and colleges at one of our free Ideas Labs


Partnership work between HEIs and schools/colleges has been developing for over 20 years, generating lots of effective approaches. Last year’s NCOP report recognised many successes, not least the 1,200 schools across the country engaged in activities.

Behind this headline, the report noted that ‘bespoke programmes’ were particularly effective at engaging schools and colleges, but that there were challenges in implementing them. Many of the solutions to these will be identified through partnership and collaboration.

We’d like to invite you to join us at one of our ‘Ideas Labs’, which will provide time and space to reflect on recent initiatives, share successes and the thinking behind them, and identify ways to ensure sustainability.

During the day you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about and share good practice in school/college engagement

  • Use insights from the workshops to review your team’s work and hone your future plans for maximum effectiveness

  • Contribute to a new ‘Progression Roadmap’ tool for WP practitioners, which will be made available to all participants after all the labs have taken place

When and where

Our Ideas Labs will take place around the country, each running from 10am-3:30pm:

London Royal Veterinary College, Camden Campus, 26th March 2019

Manchester The Union 1st April 2019

Bristol Future Inn Bristol Hotel 2nd April 2019

Our Ideas Labs are free to attend, but reservation is necessary as places are limited. For more information, please contact Izzy Sanders on

On the day

10:15–10:30 Welcome and introductions

10:30–11:45 Workshop 1: Impactful student-facing activities

What are the ingredients for successful outreach workshops? What kinds of activities impact positively on students’ understanding and decision-making? This workshop will look at how sessions can be tweaked for maximum effectiveness, drawing on successful examples.

11:45–12:00 Break (refreshments provided)

12:00–1:00 Workshop 2: Effective teacher CPD

In which areas do school and college staff require support? What kinds of approach work well? This workshop will examine the different needs of school and college staff and the ways in which WP professionals can best support them.

1:00–1:45 Lunch (provided)

1:45–3:00 Workshop 3: Sustainable changes in schools and colleges

How can WP professionals establish a strategic dialogue with schools and colleges which facilitates more sustainable changes to their practice? This workshop will explore different approaches to engaging schools and colleges in systems-level thinking around IAG and application support.

3:00–3:30 Next steps