Update from the Project Manager- Take Your Place in 2020/21

We are committed to supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds to access higher education. With the challenges that 2020 has brought for young people, our work this year is more important than ever.

As the new academic year starts, our Higher Education Champions will be continuing to work with students and staff in our identified target schools and colleges. Our approach will be responsive to the needs and constraints different institutions face. That means that in some cases, our team will be physically present in school, following local protocols to keep everyone safe. In other cases, the dedicated Higher Education Champion for a school will be delivering sessions and working with students remotely. 

Alongside the support of our team, we’ve also increased the provision available directly to schools and colleges. Our Grant Scheme enables schools to access funding to deliver innovative projects to embed systemic change around progression and IAG. Our online resources are designed to empower teachers and students with the information they need to support informed decisions around future options. We’ve extended schools’ Future First subscriptions, and made this available to more schools.

LOOKING AHEAD

With the Uni Connect programme which funds our work due to finish in July 2021, we’re also working to embed sustainable practice into our target schools. We’re urging the government to continue funding our work, but expect that decisions about continuation won’t be made until Spring 2021. Unfortunately, this leads to uncertainty for our team on fixed-term contracts, and we expect this may affect staff retention.

We may need to take different approaches due to the combined challenges of coronavirus and a smaller team, but we’ll always work closely with schools and colleges to support them as far as we can. If you have any questions or suggestions about how we can support your school, please get in touch.

If you value our work and would like to help us make the case for continued government funding, we’re looking for case studies. If you might be able to help, please contact Jack Lilley on jack@takeyourplace.ac.uk.