AccessEd is excited to announce that we have been invited to join the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of over 150 businesses, educational organisations and charities that is working to tackle educational inequality in the UK. AccessEd is delighted to become a member organisation, presenting a brilliant opportunity to work together with a group of like-minded organisations to increase access to higher education and build fairer education for all.

AccessEd is proud to join organisations such as TeachFirst, ImpactEd, Kings College London and The Brilliant Club to achieve impact at a local and national level in the UK.

                                            Figure 1: The Fair Education Alliance's work:

Fair Education Alliance has three key priorities:

1) World-class teachers and transformative leaders for all UK schools: particularly in the most disadvantaged areas.

2) An education system which develops and values the whole child: where we value and promote development of emotional and social competencies, mental health and wellbeing alongside academic attainment.

3) Joined up support for all post-16 destination routes: to give every child a choice about their future

AccessEd's work

AccessEd’s specialism is in goal number 3: joined up support for all post-16 destination routes. Since its establishment, AccessEd has been a proponent for fair access to higher education for all, with our “ReachUni” programme involving:

  • A free, three-step programme (‘explore’ > ‘stretch’ > ‘apply’) that gives school and college students the support needed for those who are interested in university but need some extra help deciding what steps to take next.

  • Access to guidance for students who need it the most, to ‘explore’ potential subject and university options, free resources and materials for students to ‘stretch’ themselves (including AccessEd’s free independent learning projects, the coursebooks for which can be downloaded online), and a suite of resources on how to ‘apply’ to university.

  • Our work with UK universities on their widening participation strategy through digital innovation projects and special curriculum boosters focusing on state schools and students that are harder to engage. University postgraduate students are given CPD opportunities to generate accessible course materials based on their unique research, to be used in schools and with students who are harder to reach.

At AccessEd, we are moving into a period of growth and development, and this Fair Education Alliance partnership represents an exciting landmark in our charity’s forward thinking. We’re very much looking forward to working with this brilliant network of organisations and being a part of efforts towards addressing Access in the UK and educational inequality.

To find out more about The Fair Education Alliance visit their webpage.

To find out more about our ReachUni programme and the work of AccessEd, you can visit our online resources or contact [email protected]