What the programme offers

Access to our research-backed Causeway Progression Framework

Access to our research-backed Causeway Progression Framework

The Causeway Progression Framework allows you to assess current systems for supporting progression to Higher Education and to create a development plan to target future improvements.


Face-to-face support

Face-to-face support

You’ll receive half-termly face-to-face consultations from the central team. This will include support and suggestions to make sure your improvement plan is on track.


Four regional training days

Four regional training days

These training days offer expert training giving you new ideas to support your students to make informed choices and access leading universities. They are a place to share best practice with others teachers and talk to Causeway’s expert staff.


Access to the OSCAR online platform

Access to the OSCAR online platform

The OSCAR platform hosts the tools and resources needed to implement development plans. This contains a personal statement builder that all your students can access, giving them support to plan, structure and edit their statement. You will have full oversight of where each of your students are in their progress.


Who can apply


The programme is currently running with target schools in the West Midlands, Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent.
We are not currently recruiting for the programme.

We target schools based on a high proportion of students on free school meals and/or lower than average A Level performance and/or university progression rates.

Our Impact

Less than half way through the programme, compared to a three year baseline average we saw:


The increase in offer rates for students.


The increase in offers to high tariff institutions.


The decrease in rejection rates for students.

What people say

"Two students in Year 13 got offers to study Medicine this year thanks to support from Causeway. We got an outstanding Ofsted grade for the Sixth Form in Jan 2018."

Sandra Griffiths, Post-16 Learning Leader, St Edmund Campion School, Birmingham

"We have received our first Oxbridge offer in ten years."

Eamonn Casey, Assistant Headteacher, Caterham High School, Ilford

"I have organised over 50 events (compared to less than 10 in previous years). I have really developed my skills as a careers advisor/outreach coordinator and I feel I could apply these in another school if needed."

Danielle Evans, Academic Coach, Ormiston New Academy, Wolverhampton

"Leaders are currently engaged with the Sutton Trust to try and open wider access for those applying for the most competitive universities. Sixth-form students recognise how effectively they have been supported in deciding their destinations. The programme of support and guidance to assist them to progress to their chosen university and other destinations is very impressive."

Ofsted report, 21-22 May 2019, Wrotham School, Sevenoaks

Programme Partners

This programme is run in partnership with Causeway Education.


Our partners Causeway Education have created some resources to help teachers support students who are thinking about university. For access, please email us at [email protected]

Programme Supporters

The Sutton Trust is incredibly grateful for the generous support that make our programmes possible. Special thanks to:

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