12 Dec 2016
Universities already invest significant time, staff and expertise in outreach programmes. There is scope to deepen their engagement with schools to support improvements in pupil attainment, including through teacher education departments. The emphasis has to be on outcomes – that is, an improvement in attainment and participation in universities. Sponsorship is only one way in which universities and schools can work together. Diversity of provision and experience is a hallmark of higher education, so it seems right that this principle should apply to engagement with schools, rather than mandating a one-size-fits-all approach.