The North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP) is a consortia of all of the universities and colleges in the North East region. They work together to support young people in the North East and help them to think about their futures and how higher education can assist them to reach their goals.
NECOP aims to increase awareness of higher education opportunities and progression pathways for young people and help both them and their key influencers understand what the higher education opportunities are available in the North East.
FutureMe is the programme of activity that will be offered to students by NECOP in targeted areas and schools. Students taking part in FutureMe will have access to a range of activities and events to support them in considering their future options and learning about educational pathways available to them. By taking part in FutureMe activities we want young people to:
- Have the opportunity to plan for their future and gain an understanding of what can support them in reaching their goals
- Have access to high quality information and support to help them consider whether higher education is the right option for them
- Have an increased awareness and understanding of higher education opportunities and progression pathways in the region.
The National Collaborative Outreach Programme
NECOP is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) which is funded by the Office for Students (OfS). NCOP involves 29 consortia across England who are all working to support the government’s aims to:
- Double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020
- Increase by 20 per cent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups and address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE.
The 29 consortia will deliver programmes of collaborative outreach in specific local areas where HE participation is low overall and lower than expected given GCSE attainment levels.
You can find out more about the National Collaborative Outreach Programme by visiting the Office for Students website.
NECOP Privacy Notice
Any data that is shared or collected from parents/carers and students who are taking part in the NECOP programme will be fully complaint with GDPR guidelines. If parents/carers would not like their data shared please contact Mr Blake to opt out.
Further information on privacy involving the NECOP programme can be found here.
Online Bank of Useful Resources
The Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent changes to teaching and learning has meant that a large amount of information has been released online to support students and teachers adapt to new ways of working, continue to consider future options and education, and keep well at this time. The online toolkits aim to collate this information in one place to allow students, their parents and teachers to access information and resources relevant to them. I have included some information below.
FutureMe Toolkit – www.futureme.ac.uk/resources
Content is aimed at students and their parents/carers. There is information about changes to exams, resources to support home learning, and information on future destinations and application support. Be sure to use the categories down the side to filter.
Outreach North East Toolkit – www.outreachnortheast.ac.uk/toolkit
Content is aimed at teachers and advisers. There is information about the changes to exams, resources that you may find useful to send to students, information about online activity and outreach for your students and information and resources to help you best support your students with any applications to higher education.
HE Fest 2020 – OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
Date: 13th – 17th July 2020
HE Fest 2020 is a new virtual higher education festival for learners, families and educational professionals in the North East. The week provides learners aged 17-19 who are considering their options after completing their Level 3 qualifications, the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and explore their options in post compulsory education in addition to enabling young people and their support networks to access support from all of the universities and colleges in the North East as well as key sector organisations such as UCAS and Student Loans Company. There are also a range of sessions on offer aimed at teachers and parents.
Between 13th -17th July 2020 festival goers will have access all areas to talks, exhibitions and activities, though some may be more suited to certain audiences. You can see a provisional line up by following the link above.
We do hope you will join us at the Main Stage and in the Teacher’s Tipi, if you would like to register to attend this event please use the link above.