What is the WIN?

The WIN is a targeted programme of activities and events for young people considering and making decisions about their future.

The Office for Students (OfS) has produced data about progression to Higher Education (HE) from all wards in the country. They have identified wards where students have the capacity, based on GCSE results, to go into HE, but where there is a lower than expected subsequent take up of HE. OfS has termed them as GAP wards and GAP students.

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) is a high profile government initiative to address this aspect of social mobility. It is funded through OfS with the single aim of improving the progression rate to HE, with consortia working directly with students in years 9-13 from the GAP wards. It is important to note that HE is not just three year degrees at traditional Universities; it is Foundation degrees, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates, much of which is also College based.

The NCOP programme is being delivered locally by University led consortia with 29 across the country. The WIN is one of these consortia, designed to foster a partnership between the Universities of Bath and Bath Spa together with Bath, Weston and Wiltshire Colleges and local schools. The area covered is BANES, North Somerset and Wiltshire Councils (excluding Swindon). The consortium will be measured by its success in improving progression rates to HE; it is not about improving progression to a single institution.