NCOP Case Studies

Working with NCOPs to meet their objectives

MADE Training Ltd (MADE) works with a number of NCOP consortia to deliver outstanding outreach events. These consortia include: Higher Horizons+; Go Higher West Yorkshire; Greater Manchester Higher; Study Higher; GROWS; Next Steps South West; Make Happen Essex. We work on a consultative basis, helping each consortia select the most relevant workshops to meet the needs of their targeted learners and to help them make informed decisions with regard to progressing through to Higher Education. To date, MADE has worked with over 5000 NCOP targeted learners. Below you will find four case studies highlighting how MADE works on a bespoke basis with different consortia to achieve great results within their overall strategic plan.

Higher Horizons +

Higher Horizons+

Higher Horizons+ is a collaborative network of ten Universities and Colleges; Keele University , University of Chester, University of Derby, Harper Adams University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sommerville College University of Oxford, Staffordshire University and Reaseheath College. They work together to engage and support schools with outreach activities as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.


Our logistical and delivery relationship:

MADE have supported Higher Horizons+ since May 2017, with the hosting and delivery of student-focused events held at both Keele and Staffordshire Universities. Local schools are invited to bring their target students on-site to experience campus tours and MADE workshops (focused on raising aspiration, motivation and attainment). Many schools who come and take part in the events have requested that MADE comes in to their individual schools to deliver further sessions across the student cohort.



“MADE were as fantastic as ever delivering high energy, inspirational, content rich sessions. They left the students with tangible ways to improve their studies, revision and general outlook on the future. A great way to start the new term.”

Heather Dowler. NCOP Hub Officer. Higher Horizons+

“Students from our school, The Cheadle Academy, attended two MADE Training workshops held at Staffordshire University on the 11th October 2017. The students involved included our most disengaged and least motivated students. The workshop was considered to be an excellent vehicle for them to not only improve their grades but also their confidence. Most of our weaker academic performance comes from lack of confidence not lack of intelligence. The ‘Self MADE Motivation’ workshop proved to be an excellent means of delivering that extra confidence and self belief. Students genuinely felt better about themselves after the event and felt they could achieve more, in fact just being able to recognise they could was a big step for some. They also felt a sense of entitlement to success, i.e. it was for them too. The ‘Exams MADE Easy’ workshop was equally effective in delivering a set of skills and demonstrating how what seems impossible can be achieved in a very short time, meaning that over the coming months, if the same set of skills were applied to their GCSEs then they should achieve a lot more than they think they can. Again, this linked to a belief that they could do something rather than they cant … or at least cant yet.”

Adrian Harding, Key Stage 4 Leader – The Cheadle Academy

Next Steps South West

Next Steps South West

Next Steps South West brings together a variety of higher and further education providers, and its membership includes:

  • Devon – University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth College of Art, South Devon College, City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc
  • Cornwall – Cornwall College Group, University of Exeter Penryn Campus, Falmouth University, Truro and Penwith College
  • Somerset – Strode College, Bridgwater & Taunton College

It draws on the experience and expertise of existing consortia, such as the Devon Collaborative Outreach Network and Next Steps Cornwall, establishing fresh approaches to outreach activities that foster new relationships with target schools at a local level.


Our logistical and delivery relationship:

MADE began working with Next steps South West (NSSW) in June 2017, delivering workshops on goal-setting, planning and future-orientation.  The workshops are being delivered both at Exeter College and in local schools. The workshops have been selected to help the targeted students make informed decisions about their potential progression through KS5 and HE/FE. MADE are currently in the process of co-designing a workshop with one of the NSSW hubs, aimed at helping each student to plan the route to their dream career. We are rather excited with regard to the outcomes.



“We asked MADE to deliver the lighthouse activity to group of year 12 students in one of our target schools. The feedback was very positive from students with statements stating that they now felt they would be able to plan and set targets for a whole range of challenges within and outside school. We felt the activities were engaging, thought-provoking and enjoyable for students in this particular age range.”
Peter Reeves, Outreach Officer – Next Steps South West NCOP

Study Higher

Study Higher

Study Higher is a collaborative network of higher education (HE) providers who work together to deliver outreach activities to young people to inform them about future educational opportunities. Work is specifically delivered across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon with an overall aim to increase participation in HE by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Study Higher is based at Oxford Brookes University.


Our logistical and delivery relationship:

MADE has been working in partnership with Study Higher since 2015 in a variety of capacities. Firstly, we have we worked with students from years 9 through to year 13, supporting them in becoming motivated and independent learners. Our workshops often form part of university taster days. These often combine campus tours, taster sessions and seminar groups alongside our workshops to create a truly immersive event. Secondly, we have worked with the outreach officers and ambassadors, training them in effective workshop design and delivery.  The Study Higher outreach events are very well coordinated, giving their students an excellent learning experience.

“On behalf of Head of 6th Form and me, we would like to thank you again for you support on Friday with the 6th form students at Sir Herbert Leon Academy. I know from speaking to some of the students, they found the day informative, useful and fun.”
Gabriella Gabriel, Higher Education Liaison Officer – Study Higher, Milton Keynes

“Thank you for sharing this feedback with us! Without fail, every time, Sander delivers a fantastic session with every single students laughing and enjoying themselves. I will be sharing this feedback with all staff members who attended. Best wishes.”
Hannah Rose-Ford, Study Higher Liaison Officer – Oxford Brookes



GROWS are a network of six Gloucestershire based universities and colleges led by the University of Gloucestershire in partnership with: Royal Agricultural University (RAU), Gloucestershire College, Cirencester College, Hartpury College  and South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS). GROWS work together with Gloucestershire schools and colleges to encourage young people to raise their aspirations supporting them to:

  • Become motivated and confident about their learning and progression;
  • Explore the world of higher education and what it might mean for them;
  • Make informed decisions about their future.


Our logistical and delivery relationship:

MADE have partnered with GROWS in delivering a carefully planned and targeted series of outreach activities throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, focusing on students within years 11 and 12. The project begins in September with all year 11 students taking part in ‘The Lighthouse’. This workshop is aimed at raising and clarifying the students’ aspirations. The second phase of the project is scheduled for January 2018 and will see all year 11s taking part in ‘Exams MADE Easy’ and year 12s taking part in ‘Stepping Up’. These workshops will give the students the necessary skills to study independently and raise their attainment. GROWS have done an amazing job on the logistics with our trainers often visiting two schools on each day (one AM / one PM).



“This has helped me to visualise the good things in the future and put me in a positive mood. It made me realise what I can achieve if I work hard.”
Jack, year 11 student – St Peter’s RC High School

“Our Lighthouse workshop was delivered to a very high standard. MADE arrived well in advance of the session start and were fully equipped with resources and ready to begin on time. The students were engaged and responded very positively to the tasks. The session itself was broken down into manageable tasks that came together to form a ‘big picture’ with clear pathways and next steps. The different areas/topics that had been considered as part of the theme were varied and interesting and gave the students real food for thought. I have received a number of positive comments from students and staff about the experience and would not hesitate to invite MADE back to our school. Many thanks.”
Ellie O’Regan, Teacher of Music & Head of Careers – The Dean Academy

“It allowed me to see the steps I need to take to ensure I receive the best grades I can get. It was helpful and it will help me make my next steps manageable.”
Becca, year 11 student – All Saints Academy

If you would like further information on how we support NCOP consortia across the England then call us on 0800 2707660

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