Activities for Schools and Colleges2020-02-13T11:28:51+00:00

Activities for Schools and Colleges

The Future U Team have developed an engaging programme of events and activities to raise young people’s awareness of opportunities available beyond their current studies which includes pathways into HE, apprenticeships and careers.

All activities are fully funded and have been developed to overcome barriers facing progression, as well as highlight Lancashire’s growth areas identified by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Please contact your Future U Senior Coordinator to book and discuss bespoke activities, many of which are delivered in school by the Future U Team.

All of our activities are aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance.

Activity Booklets

Pre 16

Year 9 Progression Mentoring (Gatsby Benchmark 3)

The progression mentoring programme allows pupils to explore their strengths, interests and ambitions through a series of interactive sessions facilitated by undergraduate Student Ambassadors. The programme runs over eight weeks and is made up of six sections, all of which guide the pupils to complete a ‘Golden Ticket’ to their future.

Time: 1 hour x 8 weeks   Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 20 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Delivery Officers and Student Ambassadors

Year 10 Confidence Mentoring (Gatsby Benchmark 3)

Confidence mentoring encourages pupils to explore the positive impact of self-confidence, self-acceptance and how they can confidently progress in their futures. The programme runs over six weeks and is made up of the following sessions; What is Confidence, Confident Behaviours, Role Models, Body Confidence and Future Careers. It will then culminate in a final event where pupils can showcase the skills they have learnt.

Time: 1 hour x 6 weeks   Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 15 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Delivery Officers and Student Ambassadors

Year 10 – STEMFirst Business Project (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 4)

This mentoring scheme will link pupils with career mentors who will guide them through a series of two-hour sessions. During these sessions they will choose, design and complete a project aligned with their personal skills and strengths. This can be run over several weeks or days.

Time: 6 times x 2 hours   Venue: In-school   Capacity: 20 pupils   Facilitator: STEMFirst and Future U Team

 

Health and Social Care (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Pupils will consider opportunities within Health and Social Care, beyond the obvious professions such as nursing and childcare, and learn what it means to be a healthcare professional.

Year 9 – Pupils will consider who is vulnerable within society and the skills and qualities needed to work with them. They will then put this into practice through role play and by learning how to make a sling.

Year 10 – Pupils will be introduced to the metrics commonly used to measure health and fitness by finding their own blood pressure and heart rate. They will then look at case study profiles and apply their learning to construct a suitable exercise programme.

Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Advanced Manufacturing (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Pupils will learn about the exciting and lucrative opportunities in the Advanced Manufacturing sector.

Year 9 – Pupils will learn about key areas of the Advanced Manufacturing industry by exploring the process of manufacturing a fighter jet. They will explore how key decisions are made around logistics and the supply chain. Alongside this, they will get the opportunity to build a model F22 Raptor, focusing on how to make the process more cost effective.

Year 10 – An enterprise challenge will see pupils develop a business and marketing plan for their own use of robotic technologies. They will then present their work in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style format.

Time: 1 or 2 hours Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Construction (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Pupils will consider the range of opportunities a career in the Construction sector provides and how important the sector is to local economies.

Year 9 – This session is based on the City Deal, a once-in-a-lifetime funding programme to transform Central Lancashire. Pupils will take on the role of engineers to build a bridge using Lego.

Year 10 – Pupils will consider how houses are built across the globe. They will be tasked with designing and building a house for a specific country following a brief and a budget.

Time: 1 or 2 hours Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Creative and Digital (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Pupils will explore careers and pathways into the Creative and Digital industry by looking at the processes behind a variety of projects.

Year 9 – Pupils will work in small groups as advertising companies who are given a brief for a new product they must advertise. They will create a storyboard of their new media advertisement and use and iPad to design a digital character to be at the centre of their campaign.

Year 10 – Pupils will gain an insight into the variety of roles that contribute to the production of a game. They will then use iPads to ‘beta test’ existing games and present their findings back to the group.

Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Energy and Environment  (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Year 9 and 10 – Pupils will conduct experiments to investigate whether energy can be generated from everyday objects such as a lemon or a potato. They will then feedback their findings and discuss the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy resources, including what impact they have on the environment.

Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Finance and Professional Services (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Year 9 – Pupils will learn about the finance industry by looking at how worldwide events can alter stock markets. Pupils will compete in an interactive game to decide when to invest in or sell shares using reliable (and potentially unreliable!) information.

Time: 1 or 2 hours Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Visitor Economy (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Pupils will explore what is meant by Visitor Economy and how it relates to the wider employment priorities and opportunities across Lancashire.

Year 9 – Pupils will look at the tourism industry in Lancashire, focusing on the upcoming ‘Eden Project’ in Morecombe. Pupils will take on the role of Events Manager to successfully manage different scenarios, dealing with any bombshells that may arise along the way!

Year 10 – Pupils will work in teams to plan a family fun day using a list of resources and a budget. Teams must consider the practicalities of running a large-scale event such as capacity, health and safety and costings. They will then present their ideas back and find out who has made the most profit.

Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

All delivered by STEMFirst

(Subject to availability. Please speak to your Future U Senior to book).

STEMFirst provide inspirational opportunities and forge a link between schools and employers in order to inspire, excite and grow the STEM knowledge and understanding of young people.

Employability – Think Outside the Box (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3)

This session is filled with fun and practical challenges to test student’s employability skills and introduce them to the types of activities used in assessment centres; something which many employers and universities now use when selecting candidates for apprenticeships and courses.

Year Group: 9, 10   Time: 2 hours   Venue: In-school  Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: STEMFirst

Future U – Sector Skills Challenge (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

This session sees pupils compete in a series of Sector Skills Challenges based on real world industry scenarios. The challenges are fun and interactive and will develop skills such as team work, communication and problem solving. This session is based around the Lancashire Local Economic Partnerships priority employment sectors.

Year Group: 9, 10   Time: 2 hours   Venue: In-school  Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: STEMFirst

Introduction to University  (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Pupils will learn about the benefits of university to help them consider if it could be for them. They will learn about finance, courses and the different pathways that lead to HE; as well as addressing any preconceptions they may have.

Year Group: 9, 10, 11  Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school (classroom or hall)  Capacity: Whole year group   Facilitator: Future U Team

Growth Mindset (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

People with a growth mindset believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This session will allow pupils to reflect on their own mindset through a practical challenge which puts growth mindset to the test.

Year Group: 10   Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school       Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Pathways Mapping (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3)

Pupils will consider their personality type and skills, which can then be used to identify suitable careers, courses and pathways. Pupils will use a specially designed jobs resource to match future careers to their skills.

Year Group: 9   Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school    Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Revision Techniques (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

It is important that pupils receive guidance on how to manage their own revision to succeed in their GCSE exams and prepare them for university life. This session will cover revision strategies and facilitate pupils to develop a manageable and effective revision timetable.

Year Group: 11   Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school     Capacity: Up to 30 pupils   Facilitator: Future U Team

Student Life Talk  (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Pupils will gain an insight into what life at university is really like by hearing from undergraduate Student Ambassadors. They will also get a realistic and up-to-date description of university life and have the chance to ask questions.

Year Group: 10, 11   Time: 30 minutes   Venue: In-school (classroom or hall)   Capacity: Whole year group   Facilitator: Student Ambassador and Future U Team

Post-16

Future U also offers a range of activities for post-16 learners, including:

  • University Preparation
  • Employability Skills
  • Skill Development

Please speak to your Future U Outreach Officer for further information.

University Visits (Gatsby Benchmark: 7)

Future U’s partner universities are hosting a series of visits across the academic year for pupils in years 9-13. HE visits are invaluable in allowing pupils to experience university and college life first-hand. Visits may include campus tours, interactions with current students and academic taster sessions.

HE Insight Days (Gatsby Benchmark: 7)

Future U are hosting a series of visits across the academic year for pupils in years 9-11 to learn more about what university life is like. Sessions will include Budgeting, Design a Society and a Student Life Talk. Insight Days will be hosted out of school and transport will be funded by Future U.

Please contact your Future U Senior Coordinator for more information.

Post 16

Introduction to University (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Students will learn about the benefits of university to help them consider if it could be for them. They will learn about finance, courses and the different pathways that lead to HE; as well as addressing any preconceptions they may have.

Year Group: 12, 13  Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school (classroom or hall)  Capacity: Whole year group   Facilitator: Future U Team

Degree Apprenticeships (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 7)

With opportunities in degree apprenticeships on the rise it is important that students have an overview of all the progression opportunities that are available, and how to access them. In this session, students will get an overview of degree apprenticeships and consider the pros and cons of this versus a traditional degree.

Year Group: 12, 13  Time: 30 minutes   Venue: In-school   Capacity: Up to 30 students   Facilitator: Future U Team

Personal Statement Writing (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Personal statements are a vital part of the UCAS application process and input from a university can be invaluable. Future U’s partner Universities offer tailored workshops, including advice on structure and content.

Please speak to your Future U Senior Coordinator who can organise this with you.

Year Group: 12, 13  Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school (classroom or hall)  Capacity: Up to 30 students   Facilitator: Future U Team

Student Finance and Budgeting (Gatsby Benchmarks: 3, 7)

Students will receive an overview of the Student Finance England scheme, including the repayment system, and myth-busting. The aim is the highlight support available to students; and that university is accessible to all, regardless of background. They will then consider how to manage their money by taking part in a fun budgeting challenge.

Year Group: 12, 13  Time: 1 hour   Venue: In-school (classroom or hall)  Capacity: Whole year group   Facilitator: Future U Team

Student Life Talk (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Students will gain an insight into what life at university is really like by hearing from undergraduate Student Ambassadors. They will also get a realistic and up-to-date description of university life and have the chance to ask questions.

Year Group: 12, 13   Time: 30 minutes   Venue: In-school (classroom or hall)   Capacity: Whole year group   Facilitator: Student Ambassador and Future U Team

University Visits (Gatsby Benchmark: 7)

Future U’s partner universities are hosting a series of visits across the academic year for pupils in years 9-13. HE visits are invaluable in allowing pupils to experience university and college life first-hand. Visits may include campus tours, interactions with current students and academic taster sessions.

Cover Letter and CV Writing (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

Students will learn how to summarise their education, skills and experience into a CV to increase their chances of employability. They will also learn how to sell themselves to employers by considering the structure and content of a cover letter.

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: 1 hour Venue: In-school Capacity: Up to 30 students Facilitator: Future U Team

Interview Preparation (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

Students will learn about different interview formats and take part in a role-play exercise to prepare them for a real-life interview. They will consider potential interview questions, and use the STAR technique to structure answers that highlight their strengths, skills and experience.

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: 1 hour Venue: In-school Capacity: Up to 30 students Facilitator: Future U Team

Job Search (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

This session provides students with the knowledge to effectively search and apply for jobs. Students will learn how to focus searches to suit their strengths, qualities and career preference, making the process efficient and successful.

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: 1 hour Venue: In-school Capacity: Up to 30 students   Facilitator: Future U Team

*This will require the school’s WiFi log-in details for use of iPads when accessing job search sites.

Mock Interviews (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

The Future U Team can offer mock interviews to students across all subject areas. Mock Interviews are an invaluable way of preparing students for the real thing, and by using our team as external visitors it provides a realistic experience. We can also offer students feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner; providing them with important encouragement and advice.

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: TBC Venue: In-school Capacity: 1-1 Facilitator: Future U Team

Your Online Brand (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

This session looks at seeking employment and university places in the Internet age. Students will look at protecting themselves online and managing their professional image successfully.

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: 1 hour Venue: In-school Capacity: Up to 30 students Facilitator: Future U Team

Presentation Skills (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Students will learn what it means to be an effective presenter by considering a variety of presentation techniques. They will then build on their own skills and confidence by taking part in a debating activity, and consider why such skills are important for their future.

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: 1 hour Venue: In-school Capacity: Up to 20 students Facilitator: Future U Team

Pre-16

Future U also offers a range of activities for pre-16 learners, including:

  • Mentoring
  • Sector Skills Workshops
  • HE Awareness and Preparation Sessions

Please speak to your Future U Outreach Officer for further information.

 

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