NCOP: The National Collaborative Outreach Programme has been launched with the aim of supporting the most disadvantaged young people in England in progress on to Higher Education (HE).

How can we help?

MADE has extensive experience in supporting and enhancing outreach projects; from the days of Aimhigher (where we partnered with many regional networks) through to supporting National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO), University Widening Participation (WP) departments and newly formed NCOP consortia. We are able to help you hit the ground running when it comes to delivering transformational, student-focused outreach activities.

We know that outreach interventions are considered most effective when delivered as a progressive, sustained programme of activity and engagement over time. Our workshops can seamlessly fit within a wider ‘integrated programme’ for learners. We are happy to work with other partners and ensure the delivery of your key messages within our thought-provoking, engaging and interactive workshops.


Our three-step process:

Step  Service Objectives
1. INSPIRE Inspirational workshop:
The Lighthouse
To make students aware of the benefits of HE
To help students make informed choices
To set goals and make a plan of action
To view HE as an achievable and realistic target
2. SKILLS ACQUISITION Skills-based workshops:
• CSI:Mind Mapping
Studying MADE Simple
• Exams MADE Easy
• Stepping Up
PH:Marginal Gains
To give your students the tools for academic success
To help your students become motivated and independent learners
To assist your students in raising their attainment
To build confidence in their abilities
3. SUSTAIN Staff training

Parents’ events

Video resources

To sustain the impact of the project
To support students in making successful transitions
To embed new learning strategies into both classroom and home study practice
To support all those who will be instrumental in achieving the aims of the project


Widening Participation


Aspiration: Our workshop ‘The Lighthouse’ enables students to map their targets and goals within a visual framework that also identifies the key steps, people and actions needed to realise those targets. This workshop will build resilience by helping students to identify and overcome the potential setbacks and obstacles they may face in achieving their best results and continuing their journey to HE.

Attainment: Our skills-based workshops provide the best independent learning, study and revision skills to help students succeed in their exams and make a successful transition to HE. Our workshops stretch learners and encourage them to take control of their studies and reach their full potential.

Awareness: Our staff training workshops are designed to equip outreach teams and university ambassadors with the skills to execute successful outreach activities: presentation, communication and coaching techniques. Our parents’ events will help the parents/carers/mentors of your young people to support them even more effectively in their pursuit of the grades they need to progress.

Testimonials from previous outreach collaborations:


“I have been lucky enough to be able to leave the office today and see this workshop. I feel it’s probably the best I have seen and taken part in. It points things out clearly and concisely and the humour was a fantastic part of it. Never were we left to just listen, we were always involved and I just wish my 16 year old daughter could have been here.”
Ann Grundy, Chichester University, West Sussex

“Yesterday was again a huge success and I am so pleased with the feedback I had from the session. I heard there was a standing ovation! That must be testimony in itself to how good it was! When I saw them over lunch the students were full of energy for their afternoon sessions in the same way as they were on the Tuesday, which was brilliant! My colleague – asked me to add:

‘I really appreciate and enjoy the enthusiasm you guys bring to our events. I thought the session was really well structured, really clear and (although I’m a member of staff) I will no doubt use the techniques myself in my work! It was clear that the school students really enjoyed the activities and got so much from it – so thank you!’

It was really nice meeting Joe, Gavin and Andy this week. I am very much looking forward to seeing more later this month! Thank you also for the work put in at your end to ensure the content is so well put together and your trainers are so well trained, prepared and motivated for these sessions.”

Laura Poplett, Project Facilitation Manager, Reading University



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