The Elephant Group

Helping students to access leading universities

We are a headteacher-led charity that is committed to creating fair student access to top universities by collaborating with schools, universities, and wider partner organisations.

Despite non-selective state schools educating 93% of the UK's population just 30% of non-selective state school students progress to "top third" universities, compared to 60% of privately educated students. This leads to a bigger gap in longer term attainment, aspirations and achievement, further limiting social mobility.

Together, we identify challenges faced by schools and work with key partners to create a lasting change. Via our Elephant Access programme, we deliver targeted activities designed to support capable students into the universities and career paths that they deserve. Our model of cross-sector collaboration allows us to draw on a wide network, gathering resources, information and connections to help upskill school staff and help students to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to make an informed choice based on their aspirations.

Our partners

We believe that the most effective way to create lasting change is to work with relevant organisations and for them via collaboration and cocreation. By working together in this way, we can deliver impactful programmes designed to address the range of access challenges faced by young people from under-resourced backgrounds. Together, we can improve life opportunities for diverse talent across the UK by providing fair access to our leading institutions. If you would like to join us, we would love to hear from you.

School & Colleges

Access information, resources and opportunities designed to nurture your top third of students to aspire to, and achieve access to, top third universities

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Reach a diverse range of able students from low progression areas via links and partnerships with highly engaged schools and colleges through school visits, student conferences, and summer schools.

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Charity partners

Reach a wider audience as you build your school and college network and optimise your widening access and participation activities.

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Industry partners

Invest in your future while working with us to help the next generation of diverse talent realise their full potential.

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Since The Elephant Group was established in 2018, we have worked with over


Young people

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