Criteria for selecting learners
If you are trying to widen participation, you will have to give some youngsters preference over others.
Youngsters from hard-to-reach groups are much less likely to apply for your activities, so giving them preference helps improve fair access.
Make absolutely sure you obtain the information you need about applicants when they first apply.
Your criteria could be based on age, gender, region, ethnicity, subjects studied, type of school attended, academic potential, socio-economic group, parental income or first generation HE.
Only ask for information that the person filling out the application will have.
The fewer criteria you use the better, provided you get enough information to show that you are reaching your targeted group.
What we do at Villiers Park
We have different criteria for different activities. The more resources we are investing in an individual, the more certain we have to be that he or she is in our target group.
|Online extension activities||Five-day residential courses||Villiers Park Scholars Programme|
|Young people with high academic potential||16-18 year olds with high academic potential including those who are less advantaged||Less advantaged 14-18 year olds with high academic potential in selected regions|
Studying key subject
Capable of A or A*
List school or collegePreference given to
Family income <£25,000
Neither parent attended university
|Attend a school in the programme
In Y10 (age 14)
High academic potential
Or two of: