Widening Access Activity Guide 2021/22


Welcome to our 2021/22 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 stress.

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.

  • LO1: Learner understands what HE is, and its benefits
  • LO2: Learner understands the range of options available to them
  • LO3: Learner understands how their skills and current studies will affect their progression to their chosen career
  • LO4: Learner understands the financial support available in HE
  • LO5: Learner understands how to apply to university and how to make a successful application
  • LO6: Learner understands how the learning environment and lifestyle may be different at university

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

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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. Alongside our Progress to Success activities, the team is happy to support you with Careers Fairs, mock interview events, options evenings (depending on staff availability), 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 Pupil Premium 
  • Students in receipt of free school meals 
  • Some ethnic groups or sub-groups, including White males from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and young people from Black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities 
  • Disabled students 
  • Young people with mental health problems, specific learning difficulties and/or who are on the autism spectrum  
  • Young people in local authority care 
  • Those young people with caring responsibilities 
  • Young people estranged from their families 
  • Those who are from traveller communities 
  • 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 WA 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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