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NCOP Update

Since March there have been a number of Linking London NCOP developments to update you on. On the 20th April, the London NCOP Consortium held its first Governing Body Meeting at Kingston University, chaired by Kingston University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Mackintosh, and attended by Sue Betts and Emily Harber on behalf of Linking London.

In the North East delivery hub, our plans to begin our pilot phase with Barking and Dagenham College and Havering College have developed, and work with students at Havering College will begin on the 2nd  of May delivered by our NCOP Programme Officer, Hannah Searle. Four groups of Level 3 learners, including ward learners, will receive four sessions during May which will help them to explore their interests and skills, and highlight the full range of higher level learning options open to them after completing their course. These learners are in the first year of their two year courses and Linking London’s NCOP will be supporting these learners right the way through until they finish their programmes.

At Barking and Dagenham College, we will be working from this month onwards with Level 3 year two ward learners who have been identified by the college as potentially benefitting from additional support. We are also in the process of planning support for a Parents Evening being organised for early June

In the South East delivery hub, we have had initial discussions with London South East Colleges Group to identify ward learners and determine how Linking London’s NCOP can support these learners going forward.

We have received a number of project proposals from our partners for the outreach money we have available and discussed the proposals at our first Steering Group meeting in March. Emily is currently working closely with partners to refine these proposals where necessary. Several projects have now been given the green light to go ahead – these proposals range from staff posts, to be based within the three delivery hubs, to study skills support programmes and mentoring schemes.

We are continuing to work closely with the London NCOP evaluator Nienke Alberts, AccessHE, to ensure we can measure the impact this programme is having on the learners who participate. We have been working with Nienke to develop questionnaires for learners to complete which will help us measure the impact this programme is having. The questionnaires are now ready to be used with the college learners we will be working with this month onwards. We will also be using match control trials as a way of identifying the impact of the NCOP interventions.

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, Emily Harber. If you would like to find out more information about the national picture, you can view all the information on the HEFCE website.

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