The role of teachers, senior leadership teams and advisors is crucial in supporting students and potential students to access Higher Education. Whether supporting someone by raising attainment, helping them to make informed choices, or by providing practical information and advice, at Go Higher West Yorkshire we have resources which can help.
The information and links below have been compiled to assist you to help support learners’ attainment and aspirations, inform their choices about courses and careers, and guide them through the application process on their journey to Higher Education. This includes the OfS Uni Connect Programme Outreach Hub – helping schools and colleges access the higher education outreach they need.
The journey started in schools, colleges and universities, doesn’t end at graduation.
Exposure to the world of work is key to developing employability skills and securing a job.
That’s why we work collaboratively with employers and industry experts, supporting our partners to equip their students for the changing economy.
Following its initial launch in 2017, GHWY has completed the Care Leaver Covenant’s second update. This follows input from partners developing their own offer and refining details that will help us to continually improve care leavers’ access to information on their entitlement to support in HE.
This year we have seen a number of partners add to their offer, in particular by:
We are also delighted to add Leeds College of Music to the Care Leaver Covenant in 2019/20 with its newly developed offer.
The way GHWY presents this information online is getting a makeover. The delineation of the details of each offer at each partner is being restructured and refined to add clarity and consistency. This will support young people’s – and their influencers’ – understanding of each offer and how it could benefit them.
2019/20 will also see the development of wraparound materials to support use of the Care Leaver Covenant as a local resource. We envisage this will enable sustained and reflective conversations to take place, supporting informed decision-making and preparedness for higher education. This will be supplemented by a new approach to evaluating the impact of the Covenant as we aim to track the usefulness of the resource over a sustained period of time.
The refreshed Care Leaver Covenant will be launched during National Care Leavers Week (28 October-1 November). This will include online promotion as well as dissemination to Local Authorities across the region. In addition, we will be sharing care experienced young people’s aspirational messages to their future selves on our Instagram page.