Higher Education Progression Officer Outwood Academy Hemsworth, Pontefract

Salary
£22,659 to £26,243
Hours
37 hours per week, All year round
Start Date
As soon as possible
Temporary Position
31 July 2019

Are you passionate about making a difference and helping young people achieve a higher education destination? Do you want to play a key role in a project which seeks to raise the aspirations of young people and improve participation in higher education?

Go Higher West Yorkshire are a consortium of 12 higher education providers in West Yorkshire. Go Higher West Yorkshire supports access to higher education for all those who are capable of and would benefit from the experience.

Go Higher West Yorkshire is working with Outwood Academy Hemsworth, on the Office for Students (OfS) funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). NCOP seeks to identify and address issues around progression to higher education for young people living in areas where progression is low overall, and particularly low when GCSE attainment is taken into account.

The project is funded until 31st July 2019 with a possible extension of two further years (to December 2020).

This project is aimed at students in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield areas where participation in higher education is lower than expected based on GCSE results. The aim is for more young people to progress to and succeed in higher education.

The focus is on young people between Year 9 and Year 13 who live in specific target areas. The project supports schools, colleges and academies with large groups of target students to raise attainment and support students transitioning into HE. Parents/carers, the community and others who influence student choice will be engaged to promote the benefits of higher level study.

You will be the lead member of staff delivering the NCOP project within Outwood Academy Hemsworth, working with a selected cohort of KS4 and KS5 students.

You will support their progression, applications and transition into higher education, ensuring that all who have the potential to succeed have the opportunity to do so.

You will be responsible for the development, co-ordination and execution of a delivery plan for your target group which will include a wide range of support, events and activities to support students’ progression into higher education.

NCOP activities may include: motivational mentoring, confidence/resilience building, subject-specific attainment raising, HE fairs, careers planning, parents evenings, family HE engagement weekend activities, local/social media campaigns, “world of work” experience.

You will also ensure the effective involvement of parents/carers, staff and other key external stakeholders in the project.

You will be responsible for the day to day operation of the programme which includes reporting, tracking, monitoring and evaluating all key aspects of the programme.

The post will be based at Outwood Academy Hemsworth, but will require the holder to work on a flexible basis, which will include some evening, weekend and school holiday work.

If you have any queries regarding the post please contact Sabiha Laher: s.laher@outwood.com.

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