Targeting and eligibility criteria

Our work aims to raise the aspirations and educational attainment amongst students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups. To participate in our activities, students should be in state schools/colleges between KS2 to KS5 and meet one or more of the following criteria (priority will be given to students who meet multiple criteria).

Under-represented groups

  • People from lower socio-economic groups or from neighbourhoods where higher education participation is low as defined by home postcode, known as a low participation neighbourhood (LPN)
  • Parents are in non-professional occupations (socio-economic groups NS-SEC 4-8)
  • Low income family (eligible for free school meals in last six years)
  • Neither parent has attended university
  • From black and minority ethnic (BME) groups
  • Care leavers
  • From gypsy and traveller communities
  • Refugees
  • Those who have a disability
  • Young carers
  • People estranged from their families
  • Mature learners
  • White males from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (eligible for FSM, from NS-SEC groups 4-8 or live in an LPN)

Gifted and talented (G&T) students will be required to meet one or more of the above criteria as above, and priority will be given to those who meet multiple criteria.

* You can check if students live in a LPN (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2) by using the online postcode look up tool on the HEFCE website.