Our HELOs and partners have been busy delivering an array of activities in the Oxfordshire region in recent months. Students from Study Higher schools have had the opportunity to visit universities, improve their debating skills, attend CV writing workshops as well as attending conferences and even a residential. It has been an action packed few months with many different sessions being delivered throughout the region.
Sustained Group Work
Throughout this academic year, two cohorts of Year 9 and 10 students, identified as requiring additional aspiration-raising activities regarding various routes into higher education, have been taking part in sustained group work.
Each half term the students have participated in a group workshop, with topics featuring debating skills, study techniques and university vs apprenticeship routes. They have also participated in one-to- one mentoring sessions to discuss their personal educational and career interests in more detail with a Higher Education Liaison Officer.
This project also included a trip to the University of Reading where students experienced interactive taster sessions in Healthcare or Philosophy, a tour of the campus by current undergraduates, and listened to a talk on the benefits of higher education.
A Visit to the University of Reading
22 students from two Oxfordshire schools had the fantastic opportunity to visit the University of Reading earlier in January. Year 9 students from St Gregory the Great Catholic School and Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academyhave all been taking part in a Study Higher mentoring project. Every half term, the students have 1-1 mentoring sessions with one of our fantastic HELOs and take part in a workshop focusing on different aspects of higher education.
The Reading trip offered the students a chance to see a university campus and immerse themselves in the environment of an undergraduate student. Along with meeting some brilliant student ambassadors, the group learnt more about two subject areas that you can study at university: healthcare and philosophy. The students were then taken on a tour of the campus and learned more about why the student ambassadors had chosen to study their degree courses, along with the courses on offer at Reading.
Oxford Brookes University ran a two day Health+ residential in April where Year 10 students had the opportunity to partake in exciting activities and health related workshops and experience various aspects of university life. Click here
to find out more about what the students got up to.
Study Higher are currently piloting a peer mentoring scheme with the aim of boosting self-esteem in two cohorts of school students. Each student has been paired with a sixth former at their school with similar interests, to work collaboratively on a project exploring higher education.
The programme kick-started before Easter, with the mentors receiving training on the role and qualities of a mentor, listening and communication skills, and safeguarding; this was followed by an introductory session for mentees and mentors to get to know each other.
Throughout the summer term, the students will be working in their pairs to develop a presentation about their future aspirations, and what steps they need to take during and after school/sixth form to get there. In six sessions the mentees will consider their skill set and research the different routes to the career of their interest with the help of their mentors, culminating in them co-presenting their findings to the group.
Oxford University Conferences
Oxford University ran two Study Higher conferences in March. The first conference was the Study Higher Year 10 Academic Conference which had a STEM focus and linked to science subjects with careers. The second conference was the Study Higher Year 12 BAME Conference. This conference focused on workshops to help support student's applications to university. Click here to find out more.
Oxford Warriner Enrichment Day
In March, 4 Study Higher HELOs ran workshops on writing a CV for Year 10 students at The Warriner School, as part of their Careers Education Enrichment Days. All Year 10 students got to take part in the workshops as part of a cycle of other employability activities taking place over the two days.
Students were given information on why CV’s are important, when they will be used and how to construct an effective CV, including how to write an opening personal statement detailing their skills, qualities and experiences.
The students seemed to get a great deal of satisfaction out of the session and were proud of the CVs they produced.
Study Higher thoroughly enjoyed being in the school and supporting the students over the two days, as well as the opportunity to see the farm and the new born lambs!