Swindon HELOs have been busy the last few months arranging and delivering a variety of workshops and sessions to schools in the area. Take a look below to see the different types of workshops and sessions delivered in the region recently.
Design your Future
A couple of our Study Higher HELOs have been working hard on their Design your Future project. The latest session involved 22 Year 10 students from a number of Study Higher Swindon target schools. This session focused on apprenticeships and was an informative and interactive session, to read more click here.
Medical Mavericks' Healthcare Workshop
Medical Mavericks delivered sessions to Years 8 to 12 from Swindon Academy. The students were given the opportunity to try out a variety of activities relevant to different Healthcare professions. The feedback received from the school was really positive, to hear more about what Medical Mavericks offered, click here.
Student Cooking Lessons
Recently two groups of Year 10 students at Abbey Park School in Swindon took part in a cooking lesson, run by one of our Swindon HELOs. The students worked on their own dish and cooked tuna pasta bake. They made the cheese sauce from scratch and kept an eye on their pots of pasta.
Everyone sat down together to eat (they didn't leave anything to take home!) and then they did all the washing up! They all seemed to thoroughly enjoy it and one girl said how proud she was of herself! They talked about how the basic sauce could be used to make a wide range of things, including lasagne and many of the students said they were going to try and make it at home. It was a really fun and productive session.
We have an exciting project taking place soon in Swindon called Game Changers. This project is aimed at Year 12 students who have an interest in film or photography and want to turn that passion into a career someday. To find out more about this amazing opportunity, click here.
LearnThruTech Coding Session
Study Higher arranged for Rewise to provide a session on coding to 25 Year 10 students from UTC Swindon. To find out more about the exciting activities students took part in, click here.
One of our Swindon HELOs has commenced one to one and smaller group mentoring sessions with two Study Higher schools in Swindon. So far they have done an 'introduction to mentoring' session and a 'wellbeing' session. It is hoped that these types of sustained mentoring sessions will help raise the students aspirations. There has already been many discussions regarding the different routes to higher education including apprenticeships and degree routes.
Cameron Parker's Inspirational Assembly and Workshop
Cameron Parker has been working closely with Study Higher, particularly in Swindon where he has worked with a number of target schools over the past few months. Cameron Parker delivered two workshops to Nova Hreod School in January and May to Years 9 and 10. Both workshops were a great success and the feedback received from students was really positive. To read more about this event, click here.
Informal University Chats
It's not just class and year group activities that our HELOs can arrange, HELOs can tailor activities, worskhops and chats to suit the demands of the students. Recently, one HELO visited a small group of Year 12 students at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy to chat about university. As the students would be attending a university open day shortly, they wanted to discuss what to consider during this day. This included chatting about going to a few different open days so they could get a general feel for the university, making sure they ask questions of the student ambassadors and finding out entry requirements for the courses they are interested in.
Studying MADE Simple Easy
Danny from MADE training went to Lawn Manor Academy on the 8th March 2018 and ran 'Studying MADE Simple Easy' to two groups of Year 9 students, he also gave taster sessions to staff on revision as well as presenting at the parents evening.
Feedback from students included:
'Helped me to understand how to prioritise and remember information'.
'I have a deeper understanding of what I need to do to properly revise without distractions'.
'I actually have motivation to revise now because I've learnt how to do it properly'.