The Skills Builder Partnership is offering schools and colleges the opportunity to apply for a fully funded place on their flagship education programme. ‘The Accelerator’ is a capacity-building programme designed to support long term provision of essential skills education. This annual membership is worth £1800. Read how you can access this fantastic opportunity from the sectors leading organisation for Skills education
This week Teach First launched their manifesto consultation which lays the foundations to make the UK’s education system work better for the most in need. As they quite rightly state, ‘too many children in the UK aren’t getting the education they deserve. But as the country begins to rebuild after COVID-19, our nation has a unique opportunity to break the cycle of generational inequality’. Find out how you can have your say on
Our Chair Mike Britland recently participated in the British Council webinar on Careers Education in a pandemic. The rationale behind the event focused on how the Covid-19 pandemic is reshaping career opportunities for pupils across the world. Mike was joined by educators from India, Bangladesh and a little closer to home in Kent. Each speaker provided some national context regarding careers education as well as offering ways on which we can pivot to maximise opportunities.
Turning Careers Assemblies Week virtual at Kingsbury Green Academy has some huge positives. Instead of students choosing one assembly to attend, they can now watch all 23 assemblies should they wish – and so can their families and all our staff! They can now learn about more than one industry and they can increase their knowledge further about LMI. Hopefully they will also be motivated and feel inspired by more than one role model.
This Trinity College Cambridge programme is for groups of students who will be in Year 11 for the 2021/22 academic year (currently in Year 10) and an accompanying teacher from their school. Please read this page carefully before making an application. Complete the application form before the deadline to apply for the Stonehouse Residential is midday on Friday 4th June 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
Future Frontiers are advertising for a Head of IAG (Curriculum Lead) role. Based in London, they are looking for an experienced IAG specialist to help develop and run a new pilot programme for year 11 students, building on the existing year 10 programme. Following the successful pilot, the focus of the role will turn to developing a scalable system that can deliver this support to all of the students on our programme.
Each year Christ’s, Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards Colleges at the University of Cambridge collaborate to run the Low Participation Neighbourhood (LPN) Summer School. This is a two year programme that commences in August of Year 11 with a summer school, continues with a programme of online support throughout Year 12 and culminates in a second summer school in August of Year 12. The summer schools usually take place in person, but will be online in 2021.
A programme for academically able Year 12 students to find out more about studying at a selective university like Cambridge! Each year, Christ’s College and King’s College at the University of Cambridge host Year 12 students from UK state schools to get a taste of studying here. We very much encourage nominations for and will prioritise students who are attending schools in disadvantaged areas (or have attended an 11-16 school, if you’re a 6th form/FE college reading!)
It can often seem that there is a never ending focus on Secondary education issues or achievements. If we viewed our school stages as a family, it could be argued that there is an inverse middle child syndrome at play; With Primary, Further and Higher education siblings looking at Secondary schools as the child that gets all the attention while they’re skills, talents and achievements are largely ignored. Here we examine how recently released reports allow us to switch the focus slightly and once again talk about the importance of Careers education or work related learning needs to start at the Primary level, particularly for disadvantaged young people.
The UCAS 2020 Entry ‘Where next?’ has just been published and it has raised some very interesting recommendations from some very concerning findings. The main evidence for this report has come from a survey of first and second year UK university and college students. More than 27,000 first and second year students, accepted at age 17-19 over the last two cycles, took the time to tell UCAS about their pathway(s) to Higher Education. Below we take a look at those concerning findings and the interesting recommendations.