Reaching East and Reaching London
The area of East London and eastward of London contains some of the lowest youth participation rates in the country, according to POLAR data. The map below shows most of the East of London falling in the lowest quintiles for youth participation in HE. As such, we feel that it is imperative to understand the patterns of outreach activity and provide a greater understanding of how this may (or may not) affect patterns of participation.
London: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest.
Essex: Thurrock, Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Southend on Sea.
The rationale for these particular Boroughs and Districts becomes clear when examining the HEFCE youth participation map. These are the areas with the lowest participation, shown in red, orange and yellow as the arc of non-participation beginning in the East of London stretching eastward along the Thames.
The research aims and research questions have been developed with the intention of contributing to the important work of the NNCOs and SPoCs. These are to develop a collaborative approach to outreach delivery in London; to assist with a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of outreach activity; facilitate the provision of accurate information to the sector about outreach activity and its potential impacts.
As such the research aims for the project are as follows:
- To map the type and frequency of outreach activity in the East of London arc of low participation, and for all of London, in particular areas of low participation to the far west.
- To establish a database of this activity with useful contact details to be shared with our and other NNCOs.
- To examine the role of colleges in particular, and to look at FECs as a particular case study as they are (potentially) both providers of outreach, as well as receivers of outreach activity.
- To examine this activity for patterns which may contribute to rates of participation in a local (borough or ward level) area, including the use of datasets such as HESA and POLAR data.
- To establish potential connections between rates of participation, outreach, and destination of young learners.
- To conduct a gap analysis to identify "cold spots" where outreach activities are not provided.
- To conduct a needs analysis to identify where outreach work could potentially be of benefit.
- To conduct a capacity analysis to help colleges, schools and other providers deliver more tailored, effective, or simply more outreach activity to benefit learners in East London.
- To develop a series of recommendations to help schools, colleges and other providers and stakeholders get the most out of the provision of outreach activity.
- To develop a toolkit to facilitate the engagement of colleges and schools with appropriate outreach activity and help schools to develop a way to map their own engagement with outreach work.
- To deliver four seminar workshops to provide a space where stakeholders can come together to collaborate and act as a "matchmaking service" to further facilitate the provision of outreach activity. These seminar workshops will also be of use for teachers, headteachers and other stakeholder staff members' CPD.