Widening Access Activity Guide 2023/24


Welcome to our 2023/24 Activity Guide, which outlines our programme of free workshops and events for Years 5 to 13.

Much of our focus is on raising awareness of and channeling aspirations to higher education, however, you will also find events and activities designed to raise attainment and support students with their study skills and wellbeing.

Learning Objectives

In order to support you with your careers strategies, we have identified the Gatsby Benchmarks our activities are linked to and we have produced a framework of learning objectives that highlights the key messages in our activities.

To book onto any of our events, please email wateam@derby.ac.uk or get in touch with your Widening Access team contact.

Learn more about Widening Access at Derby

Widening Access Target Groups

The Widening Access Team is committed to supporting young people in partner schools to access information, advice, and guidance that will support them to make a well-informed decision regarding their future progression post-16 and post-18. Alongside our Progress to Success activities, the team is happy to support you with (depending on staff availability) careers fairs, mock interview events, options evenings, and explore subject-specific requests.

In particular, we prioritise young people from widening participation backgrounds and therefore priority places will be awarded to young people meeting this criteria: 

  • Students who are eligible for Pupil Premium 
  • Students in receipt of free school meals 
  • Some ethnic groups including White males from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and young people from Black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities 
  • Disabled students 
  • Young people with mental health concerns, specific learning difficulties and/or who are on the autism spectrum  
  • Care-experience students (those who have recently left or are in local authority care)
  • Young people with caring responsibilities 
  • Young people estranged from their families 
  • Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater children 
  • Young people who have parents/carers in the armed forces 
  • Refugees 
  • Those that live within the 40% most deprived wards based on IMD postcode data 
  • Those from Young Participation Rate quintile 1 or 2 based on POLAR4 postcode data 

We can check postcodes for you using the EMWPREP postcode checker: you are welcome to send us an anonymised list of postcodes over email or via your One Drive folder with your main widening access contact.

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Contact us

Get in touch with the relevant member of the Widening Access team to find out more about our work and book events and activities.

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