Make Happen is the Essex-based part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The national programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. This work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.
Phase one of the programme started in January 2017 and ran until July 2019. It supported the government’s social mobility goals by rapidly increasing the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education. Phase two started on 1 August 2019 and is due to finish in July 2021. Building on phase one, phase two supports two main strands of activity. First, targeted higher education outreach within the local areas where we can have the most impact (these are the same areas targeted under phase one), and second, outreach hubs within the 29 local partnerships with cross-England coverage to help schools and colleges access the higher education outreach they need and provide a platform for wider collaboration.
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