Parent information - Southern Universities Network

Parent information - Southern Universities Network

The Wey Valley School is working in partnership with the Southern Universities Network (SUN).

A number of students at the Wey Valley School have been selected to take part in the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, an exciting programme of activities designed to help young people make positive choices about their future education.

This leaflet (please click here) tells you more about the programme and why your son/daughter has been chosen to take part. It also contains details about the information we would like to keep about your child if they choose to participate, what we will use it for, and how their feedback can help us learn about the programme’s long-term impact.

What is the National Collaborative Outreach Programme?

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) offers a range of events and activities that aim to help young people decide on the best educational path for them. These activities are for students in years 9 to 14 who live in certain postcode areas.

As part of the programme, your son/daughter could have the chance to get involved in activities such as:

 visits to universities

 mentoring (individual support and guidance about education and career options, perhaps from people who

are currently at university, in employment or doing an apprenticeship)

 courses held at a university where students take part in activities and stay in university accommodation

 career discussions

 workshops, assemblies and academic taster sessions held at your child’s school or college

In addition, your child’s school or college may receive NCOP funding to run additional activities and projects.

As part of NCOP, your son/daughter will also have access to advice, guidance and information to help them make decisions about their GCSEs, and about the education and training options available following their GCSEs.

The programme, which runs initially until December 2018, is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For more information visit