The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) today (Thursday 17 January 2013) called on universities and colleges to step up the long-term work they do reaching out to schools and communities where few progress to higher education - and names Trinity Laban as one organisation doing exactly that.
OFFA says outreach work with bright students in low participation neighbourhoods and schools is one of the most important ways in which universities and colleges can improve access - and names Trinity Laban as doing just that.
The Independent quotes Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, as saying he was full of praise for Trinity Laban: "Sustained, well-targeted outreach such as summer schools, masterclasses and mentoring can be very effective and we want to see more of it...while work with teenagers is very useful and should continue, we are keen to see more long-term schemes that start at a younger age and persist through the school career."
Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, said: "It makes sense in music and dance to nurture talent from an early age if you are to take them in as gifted and talented at the age of 18."
In 2011-12, over 16,000 people sang, danced, played, created or performed in live music and dance activities as part of Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation programmes. Of these, over 7,500 were children or young people, from babies up to age 19, as part of our commitment to widen participation in music and dance education.