The Office for Students has stressed the need for sustained outreach interventions that build upon one another. The LiNCHigher Progression Framework maps out the stages on the journey to Higher Education, and the suggested activities that will help individual learners to progress.

The phases of the framework are structured around key decision points on the student journey. The journey starts with preparing for Level 2 (especially GCSE options), moves on to preparing for Level 3 (whether that’s, A Levels, T Levels, BTEC or Access), and finally progresses to preparing for HE (a degree or higher level apprenticeship). Throughout the framework, longer term ambitions and career goals are explored and linked to relevant courses, qualifications and pathways. The end point for each phase is the decision about the next step. To inform these important decisions, the outcomes for each stage on the journey are mapped out in 3 defined phases in each year group, these being 

  • Introduce/Intent
  • Develop/Implement
  • Consolidate/Impact 

The activities at each stage of the journey are suggested as a guide based on evaluation undertaken on the impact of activities on learner overtime. To support schools and colleges, all activities are mapped to NEURPI and Gatsby benchmarks.

Progressive Framework Overview

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