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We are into the middle of March and as always HEON have been busy with workshop delivery, liaising with a huge number of your schools and lots more.

January and February have been jam-packed with activity, we saw one of our flagship programmes, ‘FOCUS’, come to an end with around 40 students across 3 schools participating; Christs College, Cove School and Alderwood Senior School. The programme was received extremely well and feedback from both students and teachers has been fantastic. We are really looking forward to bringing this to schools next academic year. If your school is interested in taking part next year please get in touch –

Our ‘Attainment Raising’ pilot programme has gone from strength to strength with Collingwood College students gaining crucial mentoring from Royal Holloway student ambassadors in both English and Maths.

February saw us welcome students from The Beacon School for one of our ‘Taster Days’ – it was a great opportunity for students to be exposed to a higher education setting at the University of Surrey and to gain a real insight into student life from University of Surrey student ambassadors.

In addition to the above the team also delivered further workshops to a number of schools including; ‘Intro to Higher Education’, ‘Student Finance’ and a variety of creative workshops in partnership with University for the Creative Arts.

If you would like to discuss any of the activities above then please feel free to get in touch with your allocated Partner Officer or Nathan Simpson directly.


Each month we’ll be looking to give you an insight into what’s upcoming for the following month.

March sees the continuation of ‘Foresight’ at Fernhill School.

This programme continues to work alongside a number of students of black heritage within the school, we work with the students on a variety of topics such as exam prep/etiquette, wellbeing, and navigating school as a student of black heritage.

Spring University is fast approaching (April 3rd – 5th), unfortunately the application deadline has now passed. We are really looking forward to welcoming students from a number of our partner schools!

If you would like to book any activity in preparation for the Spring/Summer term please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to working with your school soon!


Getting to grips with finance

Every month HEON will be highlighting one activity from our brochure. This will give you an insight into what we can offer your students. This month we will be taking a look at our ‘Getting to Grips with Finance’ workshop.

Managing money and understanding finance at University is a daunting prospect for a number of students. This workshop will give students an understanding of a variety of topics such as ‘What is Student Finance?’, ‘Understanding Finance & Debt’ and ‘Is University Affordable?’.

This session can be delivered both face to face and online. Face to face sessions cater to a maximum of 30 students, online can cater to an unlimited number. Session lasts up to one hour and typically suits the needs of Year 10 – 13 students.

We are always willing to tailor sessions/workshops to suit the needs of your students, if you would like to discuss this opportunity please do not hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to get in touch with your designated Partner Officer or Nathan Simpson to enquire about a finance workshop.

If you would like to discuss any of the activities above then please feel free to get in touch with your allocated Partner Officer or Nathan Simpson directly.


Summer Schools 2023

The Discover Summer School will run from Monday 24th July – Thursday 27th July 2023 which includes a three-night stay in student accommodation at the University of Surrey. During the week you will take part in a variety of interactive subject taster workshops and information sessions designed to showcase all Higher Education options.

These will be delivered by HEON and University of Surrey staff, as well as by the local Universities, Colleges and other partners that make up the HEON partnership across Surrey and North East Hampshire.

The application deadline is Sunday April 2nd 2023, so please advise your students to apply as soon as possible. To apply, please visit

explore university

The University of Surrey is hosting Explore University on Saturday 13 May 2023.

The day enables members from across the community to come together and explore higher education. Learners and their supporters are invited to join us on campus for a day filled with interactive activities, introducing subjects, societies and support available at university in addition to Post 16 providers. From inspirational talks, to sporting activities and even science experiments, there will be something for everyone!

Explore University is FREE to attend with catering provided for all visitors. The event is open to all although we recommend the target audience as secondary school aged students to attend with their households or as a group booking.

For further information about the event, please see accompanying flyer/letters and visit:

Scorchers in school

Aim for the stars with Surrey Scorchers

Surrey Scorchers are really passionate about encouraging children in schools to live a more active and healthy lifestyle through the game of basketball.

They are welcoming the opportunity to visit your school and deliver the Surrey Scorchers Shooting Stars project. This project aims to impact students by hosting assemblies and showcasing their professional athletes as role models. Here they will discuss the benefits of physical activity alongside their personal professional journeys and the positives of exercise in every day life.

As an extension of the Shooting Stars project they would like to offer your pupils the knowledge to shoot like a pro. A free session for your school with our community coaching team within the school day.

· Learn shooting fundamentals
· Compete in shooting competitions
· Winning results posted on social media to show school leaders
· Prizes of Scorchers merchandise and game tickets
· Top 8 schools invited to finals day

Basketball is inclusive, educational, inspirational, social and fun. They are offering your school the free opportunity to be part of their exciting joint initiatives

To register your schools interest please contact the address below with the following information:

Natwest Dream bigger 2023

The Inspirational Learning Group, have teamed up with their TNCC Headline Sponsor, NatWest, who will be holding an incredible series of online workshops, “NatWest Dream Bigger Live”, designed for Secondary School Pupils – live on our Launch Your Career platform.

These FREE and LIVE online workshops focus on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and building enterprise skills comprising three separate sessions:

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset 1&2
· Introduction to Entrepreneurship
· What is Mindset?
· How Can You Develop a Growth Mindset?
· Action Planning

Pitching Masterclass:
· Introduction to Pitching
· Why is Pitching Important?
· How Can You Develop an Effective Pitch?
· Action Planning

The series of three online sessions for NatWest Dream Bigger will run from March to June on multiple occasions, giving schools the opportunity to fit these in according to their timetable.

Visit for further information and to sign up.

cpd opportunities – go higher west yorkshire

Tuesday 14th March, 3-4.30pm: How to engage white working- class boys

Wednesday 22nd March, 3-4.30pm: Understanding the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students

All of these opportunities are currently available to register to, via the GHWY CPD webpage – click here for further information.


Welcome to HEON’s updated brochure for academic year 22-23. We have worked with a number of you in the early part of the year but we are keen to continue to deliver as much as we possibly can with schools across the HEON partnership.

Do feel free to continue to identify activity and get in touch with your allocated Partner Officer to have discussions around booking activity in the diary for the upcoming Spring term. If there is something that you would like to discuss that is bespoke to your students or you have had delivered in the past then please also get in touch with your partner officer or Nathan Simpson.