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Supporting Access into Higher Level Education Across Sussex 

As part of the HEFCE funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), the Sussex Learning Network will target disadvantaged students living in identified ward areas in Sussex where progression into Higher Education is lower than expected based on GCSE attainment figures. The SLN is one of 29 national Consortia working in partnership across Sussex to increase the numbers of young people aged 14-19 years accessing Higher Level Learning by 2020.


SLN:COP Innovations Fund – Applications Open

SLN:COP Innovations Funding is a new approach to developing partnerships between university academics, community organisations and a wider network of further education (FE) stakeholders that can create new approaches in widening participation in our target wards across Sussex.

We are seeking applications for partnerships that bring together community knowledge and action with academic perspectives in ways that can support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with up to £8,000 available per application. Please download and read the full guidance HERE

This is funded through SLN:COP and being managed by the Community University Partnership Programme at Brighton University. Please email for further queries and information.

Documents & Data Sets


PDF: SLNCOP Funding Criteria and Guidance

Word Version: SLNCOP Funding Criteria and Guidance


The annex in the funding guidance lists the top ten SLNCOP schools as ranked by largest cohort of pupils residing in target ward areas. The full list of schools coverage is available here in excel format: SLNCOP Target Schools

There are 37 SLNCOP target wards as identified by HEFCE where progression rates are lower than expected based on GCSE attainment results. To download this data please follow this link: SLNCOP Target Wards Overview

You can also download further ward data with key ONS stats here: SLNCOP Wards_ONS Data

Careers Toolkit

Explore our collection of links to online resources that support you as a teacher
or education professional to have career conversations in the classroom.


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