In East Sussex we receive funding from the Sussex Learning Network (SLN:COP) through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) to target disadvantaged students in Years 11-13 living in identified ward areas where progression into HE is lower than expected based on GCSE attainment figures. The overall aim of NCOP is to close the gap and increase the number of learners (by a third nationally), residing in these ward areas into higher education. SLN:COP is one of 29 successful consortia funded to support intensive outreach across the whole of Sussex and is a collaborative partnership consisting of HE, Schools, Colleges, Independent training providers, Local Authorities and other organisations such as employers, third sector bodies and local enterprise partnerships.