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London NCOP-Linking London Update

With over 50 activities run this month, February has been a busy time in terms of delivery. As it is the start of the Spring Term and some students will be leaving at the end of this term, we want to ensure that all students have benefited from a sustained programme of activities. This month has seen an increase in one to one support for ward leaners as they are faced with key deadlines regarding choices for their futures and the opening of student finance.

Our partner universities have delivered a number of group activates in Hubs 1 and 2 including Skills for Success: Interview Techniques and Navigating Student Finance: Getting started. Havering FE students also had the opportunity to go on a trip to The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch to watch a production by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. This was received extremely well and, for some of the students, it was their first trip to the theatre.

In Hub 1 Amelia Page (our new NCOP Engagement Officer in Havering FE and Barking and Dagenham College) has begun working with classes with a high number of ward learners and has already completed an impressive number of Intro to NCOP sessions. She has begun working with subjects we have worked closely with before such as Art and Design, as well as booking in sessions with subjects new to us such as Sport and Public Services. She will be working closely with our partner universities to put into place a programme of activities for these classes through our collaborative offer. This programme will also be informed by the needs of the students themselves as Amelia included a focus group and survey element in her Intro sessions. In Havering Sixth Form College, the first learner voice session was a success and along with an analysis of our qualitative evaluations done by students, will inform our planning for phase 2.

There has been a steady flow of activity in Hub 2 with several one to one sessions in Coulsdon College to support ward leaners with CV writing, student finance and making the most out of a university taster day. The mentor programme is underway in London South East Colleges (LSEC) and HE mentors are being trained and paired up with FE mentees. Also this month, LSEC has benefited from St Mary’s University London’s offer of study skills session; aiming to equip students with practical skills in order to raise grade attainment. 2 group sessions have already been completed with good feedback from students and more are booked in for the coming months.

We have started planning for Phase 2 of the NCOP which will begin on 1st August (subject to approval of our operating plans). As part of the planning process partners who have had projects this year have participated in a ‘What Works’ review. Feedback from this review as well as student focus groups, data from our HEAT tracker and the information released by the OfS will contribute to the guidance that we provide to partners for phase 2 collaborative projects. In addition, on 12th March we are holding an open meeting for partners from both HEIs and Colleges to come together to share ideas and ensure that projects for phase 2 are designed in full collaboration of all partners involved. This will ensure that the projects meet gaps in existing provision and have the buy-in of the college involved.

If you are interested in finding out more about Linking London’s NCOP and how you can get involved, please do get in touch with our Programme Coordinator, . Please do also keep up to date with our NCOP by looking at our NCOP tab on the Linking London website.

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