What Does Push Do for NCOPs?
Push are eager to support all NCOPs in their specific regions by enhancing their initiatives through our unique approach.
We’re extremely proud of the impact we’ve had with the NCOPs we've worked with so far.
We’d love to continue helping as many students across the country as possible, by raising young people's aspirations and inspiring them to make the most informed choices. Achieving this collaboratively is a particularly wonderful (and very powerful) thing.
Our USP as an NCOP delivery partner is to run sessions which grab young people's attention, in a funny and inspiring way. Through our unique approach, we are able to effectively engage with a wide range of students, particularly those who initially seemed the least interested.
As with all our outreach, we get students both thinking about and discussing what they want from life, what's best for them and how they can get it.
Push delivers impartial and independent careers education to all students, which effectively fulfils Ofsted and DfE requirements. We also have a National Careers Award for working with young people, and have over 25 years of experience in delivering outreach.
Push founder and chief executive Johnny Rich, higher education and careers specialist, ensures that each part of our student framework meets Push's five I's:
We have presenters located across the country. Our speakers are all trained to Push's high standard, and creating an engaging and lively atmosphere comes naturally to them.
Our sessions can last anything from an hour to a whole day - in schools, college or even external HE and careers events.
Push have already proudly supported 1,000s of young people in association with Force Higher. We have achieved this through a host of inspiring and informative careers education presentations and workshops, designed specifically for Year 9-13 students. These help raise students' aspirations, make an informed post-18 choice, and encourage pathways into higher education for those who may not have previously considered it.
With FORCE we have successfully achieved this inspirational student engagement at 25 different schools and colleges. This followed on from visits with 45 schools and colleges from when FORCE worked as a NNCO.
Over 85% of students across all these sessions rated our sessions 5/5 or 4/5 with over 80% stating that they felt better informed thanks to Push.
Check out an example of one of our recent employability sessions from the FORCE campaign, delivered by one of our presenters, Moj Taylor. We have a full version, as well as a 15 minute version available for your convenience.
With FORCE, we delivered talks on Choosing a Uni, Why Go to Uni, Options at 18 and Employability. These covered a range of areas of personal and professional development, and provide a model that can be easily adapted.
Visit our Sessions pages for a full list of topics that Push deliver. We are more than happy to tailor any of these topic areas to create bespoke sessions that suit the specific needs of NCOPs.
NEXT STEPS SOUTH WEST
Since September 2017, Push have collaborated with Next Steps South West on a number of different activities.
St. Cuthbert Mayne 'Love What you Do' event:
The school and Next Steps South West trusted Push to kickstart the journey through sixth form for their new year 12s. We provided a funny and interactive session designed to help students consider what they want from life and how they might achieve – this is done by making informed decisions and taking proactive steps over the next few years, both inside and outside the classroom.
The session, as all our workshops are, was tailored to exactly what the students needed at this stage in their personal and professional development. We incorporated the Next Steps team into our event by devoting the final hour of the session to student questions.
The task we set year 12 students was to write a question on something that worried them about their choices, over a 15 minute break, ready to ask during the final part.
We had an amazing array of questions. The blended approach to advice, involving both the Push presenter and the local NCOP delegates proved to be incredibly impactful and inspiring for the 65 students who attended, based on the feedback we took from every student (in the way of a Next Steps South West evaluation form).
In answer to the evaluation question "What two key things did you find most useful from today’s activity?" students wrote:
'Aspire to HE' at Eden event:
Next Steps South West approached Push over the summer about how we could excite and inspire NCOP target students. These students were from Cornwall, and had been invited to attend an all-day event at the Eden Project. This involved various activities to inform students in the region about the range of higher education options available (and to dispel myths around degrees, university and student finance).
The day was launched by higher education representatives from Truro & Penwith College and Cornwall College Newquay. Then introduced were Push presenters Moj Taylor (award-winning actor and comedian) and Katie Lyons (writer and feature film actress, as well as runner of 'Ladders', an activity created for year 8s and 9s visiting Goldsmiths University of London).
Both presenters expressed to the students how they were the first to go to university in their respective families. They ran an interactive 90 minute Push workshop on how to explore careers, make work not feel like work, and how higher education can be a pathway to personal and professional success.
The day then consisted of career stall speed-dating after lunch, followed by another Q&A activity set by Push. This included an activity where all students who had been encouraged over their break to write a question anonymously on a piece of blank paper handed their queries in. They were asked to place their paper in buckets (used from a previous Push game) to be pulled out on-the-spot and answered one by one.
This was achieved through a Q&A with a panel of student ambassadors (all studying in the region, and on different courses). Push led the Q&A, with Moj retrieving questions from the bucket, Katie choosing an ambassador to answer the question, and both presenters adding their expertise on each topic discussed.
Students said they found this incredibly useful, and we were able to provide the Next Steps South West evaluation and engagement delegates with all the questions from the day.
This was a great way to get inside the students' heads and see what worries them about higher education.
If you’d like to discuss the ways Push can assist your NCOP, send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be more than happy to listen to your needs.