Achieving change through partnership - NCOP national conference

Achieving change through partnership - NCOP national conference

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You are invited to attend Achieving change through partnership - the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) national conference on Monday 18 September 2017.

Coming part way through the first year of the programme, the conference provides a chance for those involved with NCOP at a national and local level to explore what successful change looks like. With a focus on the links between NCOP and the wider policy environment the conference will offer many opportunities for discussion about how we ensure the greatest possible positive impact from the programme.

The NCOP programme aims to support the most disadvantaged young people in England to progress into higher education and will run from 2017 to 2020. The conference is aimed at those in leadership roles within NCOP consortia, as well as their partners and others working at a local or national level with an interest in education, social mobility, community engagement and local economic development.

Attendance is free but spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please confirm as soon as possible to secure your booking. Please note that places are limited to three per NCOP consortia, with an expectation that at least one of these attendees is from a partner organisation.

Conference agenda

9.30 Arrivals and refreshments

10.00 Chair's welcome

Prof. Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University and Chair of NCOP steering group

10.10 Introduction to the National Collaborative Outreach programme (NCOP)

Chris Millward, Director (Policy), HEFCE

10.45 Educational disadvantage, widening participation and the links to place

David Robinson, Director Post1 6 and Skills, Education Policy Institute

11.15 Refreshment break

11.30 Accelerating change in complex times: panel discussion on what success looks like for NCOP and how we can maximise impact

    • Shahid Omer, Head of Widening Participation, Department for Education
    • Prof Ella Ritchie, Chair of Realising Opportunities, Newcastle University
    • Claudia Harris, CEO, Careers and Enterprise Company
    • Samantha Parrett, Principal, Bromley College of Further and Higher Education
    • Steve McArdle, Durham Johnstone Comprehensive / Association of School and College Leaders
    • Hester Lockley, Higher Education lead for Opportunity Areas, Department for Education

12.30 Lunch

13.30 NCOP partnerships in practice: three short presentations from consortia and their partners

    • Engaging schools - Aimhigher West Midlands
    • Growing the local economy - Future U
    • Supporting Opportunity Areas - Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach

14.30 Workshop sessions

    • Linking NCOP and degree apprenticeships
    • NCOP chairs discussion session
    • Unconference session – an opportunity to discuss topical issues suggested and selected by delegates

15.15 Refreshment break

15.30 Emerging findings and next steps for the formative and impact evaluation

Dr Abigail Diamond, Managing Director, CFE research

16.15 Chair’s summary

16.30 Close

Places are restricted to three per NCOP consortia with the expectation that at least one of these attendees is from a partner organisation.

If you are unable to attend please contact before registering a deputy to discuss this.

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