Launching the NSF 2022 Cohort

37 partner schools, 200 applications, 142 scholars

Over 350 students were handpicked by their heads of 6th form to join this highly competitive programme and we received over 200 applications.

NSF has more than doubled our numbers in the 2022 cohort.

This has been made possible through generous donations, and grant funding from:

We are very grateful for any support given to our work and in the coming months will give some more specific details of what this funding has enabled us to do both in geographical areas and across the programme as a whole.

We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm from our 37 partner schools this year. Running our selection process from such a strong field of students has been challenging, but we are delighted with each scholar in our new cohort and convinced that the university preparation programme will give them the edge that they merit working towards our ultimate goal of ensuring fair access for all young people to fulfil their academic potential.

- Charlie Foot, CEO Next Step Foundation

Next Steps

We have been able to increase our reach across England and scale our programme to support almost 150 year 12 students through the UPP.

Our 6th cohort is now well underway, including students from across the country. More information on the location of our partner schools can be seen on this page.

What next for our scholars?

As always the programme began with the introduction to the personal statement programme. In small groups, led by expert tutors scholars were pushed to research their subject interests, question their passion and what drives them to further their studies, and analyse various writing techniques to evidence their experience, commitment and intellectual curiosity.

In parallel they began their extension reading (a list of relevant resources to deepen their subject knowledge put together by leading academics), and the first critical thinking and problem solving module, focussing on the scientific method, advanced reading or advanced maths.

These two factors are identified time and time again by admissions tutors as key differentiating factors in selecting students, so we naturally we embed this into the NSF curriculum from the beginning. More information on the programme and the upcoming modules here.


How can I help?

We are a young charity and a such are continually exploring how we can scale our impact. Click the link below to get in touch and find out how you can support us in our mission.

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