We want to ensure that Advancing Access resources and training are beneficial to the teachers and advisers we support. To achieve this, we are involving school staff in every step of the programme.
While developing Advancing Access, we visited schools and colleges to find out more about what continuing professional development (CPD) is available, where the gaps in information are, and what extra support we could offer.
In particular, we wanted to understand how those currently providing information and guidance (IAG) relating to key stage 4, key stage 5 and post-18 decision-making are supported by professional development.
The CPD strands we have developed are a direct result of these conversations.
Since 2017 we have been proud to partner with DANCOP which is a part of the Office for Students' National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). As part of our work with DANCOP we deliver CPD sessions for teachers in schools and colleges in the Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield areas. To find out whether you might be able to book a free Advancing Access CPD session, contact Kirsty Mayson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 74 86821.
Collectively, our university partners have enormous reach. Staff and students participate in a wide range of projects with thousands of teachers and young people in schools and colleges across the UK.
Our university partners are committed to working closely with teachers and advisers to support CPD in schools and colleges. Many deliver annual conferences which provide information and advice on their admissions processes. Some also offer twilight workshops, events focused on particular academic subjects and the opportunity to attend residential events. Visit our University CPD events page to find out more.
Each of our university partners delivers a variety of outreach programmes for different age ranges, from primary school pupils through to mature learners. Activities include summer schools, subject taster sessions, campus visits, mentoring and application support. Many also deliver talks and workshops in local schools and colleges. The Russell Group report, Opening Doors, provides examples of what these universities are doing to support students.