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.


There will be a number of events and activities to engage with, however if you would like to be more involved there is funding available for:

  • Activity which supports and enables progression of our identified SLN:COP learners
  • The development of Level 4+ Provision
  • Developing comprehensive CEIAG to help meet our SLN:COP aims

Funding Guidance


If you would like to engage with SLN:COP and have ideas to run activity you can now apply for funding.  The first round of applications are open.

PDF: SLNCOP Funding Criteria and Guidance

Word Version: SLNCOP Funding Criteria and Guidance

Please ensure you read this before completing the necessary paperwork.

Interested parties will need to complete an Expression of Interest in the first instance which can be downloaded HERE

If you have any queries regarding this process or are having issues accessing the forms please email

Additional Data Sets

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

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