WP Key Account Schools

Our approach to building schools partnerships lies in the University’s ethos that the most effective way of working with schools and colleges to improve access to higher education, is to support capacity building at school level and to achieve lasting culture change in schools, particularly where HE participation rates are low.

The Widening Participation and Outreach team has a growing target list of local key account schools on which it focuses its wide range of outreach activities. This focused approach aims to provide disadvantaged pupils with a long-term and sustained programme of activities throughout their school career that raises aspirations and awareness of HE, as well as supporting attainment and access.

Key account schools are offered campus visits and subject specific interventions from Year 9 onwards. At post-16, we maintain our approach of targeting individual learners, with an increasing focus on supporting schools and colleges to encourage learners to consider progression to a research intensive HEI, in particular, supporting applicants to the University of Liverpool through our Scholars programme.

Schools are targeted on the following basis:

  • schools that the University has an established formal relationship with
  • schools where greater than 60% of pupils are living within the 13,000 most deprived wards nationally, as identified by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)
  • and schools where the percentage % of pupils eligible for free school meals is currently above the national average.

For more information about the WP Key Account schools, please contact Peter Doyle: pdoyle@liverpool.ac.uk