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London NCOP-Linking London Update

In April we received the good news from the OfS to say that their Board has agreed to extend the first phase of the NCOP until the summer of 2019. This will be £60 million nationally for the period January 2019 to July 2019. Linking London are awaiting further details of the extension conditions and how much funding will be allocated to the London NCOP consortia, but in light of this good news, we have put together a process for the review of partner’s projects which was circulated with partners and discussed at the Steering Group meeting on the 1st May.

During the first half of 2018, OfS will be undertaking a mid-programme review to inform decisions about the second phase of the NCOP and are particularly keen to capture examples of good practice and the 'learner voice'. CFE Research have also released a Year 1 report on the NCOP that can be found here and is a recommended read. 

Alongside these developments, work has of course continued in each of our 3 hubs and we have now reached over 150 sessions delivered and have worked with over 90 ward learners.

Hub 1 has continued to be busy with workshops delivered from our university partners. This is quite a hectic time of year for year 2 learners as they put the finishing touches on projects and prepare for any exams. General support for year 2 students has therefore focused on their student finance applications and Michelle Giordmaina, NCOP Engagement Officer, in Hub 1 has also been assisting students on a one-to-one basis with last minute queries regarding their applications. Support for year 1 students is now focused on 'Next Step' planning including where to research their options and what needs to be done between now and September. 

In London South East Colleges (LSEC), students have been able to take advantage of two 'taster' days offered by our partner universities. Students from the department of Health and Social Care went on a taster day at London South Bank University (LSBU) alongside students from Barking and Dagenham College in Hub 1. Students were given taster sessions in Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, Psychology, Midwifery, Learning Disability Nursing, Social Work and Criminology. With feedback such as "My knowledge about the potential courses I would like to take has very much increased. I now know what to expect in university" the students are feeling more confident about researching their options for when they finish college. Art and Design students from LSEC also visited Goldsmiths for the day to take part in a 'Politics in Printmaking' workshop. Learners were taught different types of printing before producing their own flags and the day will be followed up with a talk on art courses and careers back in college. Students who are participating in the 'Discover HE' mentoring process run by Greenwich University have all now been matched to an HE mentor and the focus now is ensuring that students stay engaged with the project and harness its full potential.

In Hub 3, a lot of groundwork took place to prepare for the launch of the St Mary's project in Carshalton College at the end of the month. This project has been very well received by tutors and curriculum managers. The ambassadors, who have been trained by the St Mary's School of Education are paired with classes that match their skillset, subject expertise and background and will not only provide more classroom support to target learners but can also provide significant support to teachers.

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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