Teachers and Advisers – Proactive2020-04-07T09:01:52+00:00

Teachers and Advisers

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 Matt Lord 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.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
 7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
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Activity Booklets

Pre 16
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.

Caring Qualities – Pupils will consider who is vulnerable within society and the skills and qualities needed to work with them; they will put this into practice by learning how to administer a sling.

Health Matters – Pupils will be introduced to the metrics used to measure health and fitness by finding their own blood pressure and heart rate and learn what these can mean. They will then look at case study profiles and apply their learning to suggest a suitable excercise programme.

Time: 1 hour Venue: In-school (classroom) 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.

Health Future – This enterprise challange will see pupils develop a business and martketing plan for their own use of robotic technologies. They will present theit work in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ format.

3D Doodle – Pupils will put into practice what they have learnt about the sector by designing, costing and producing a simple marketable product using a state of the art 3D pen (up to 20 pupils).

Time: 1 or 2 hours Venue: In-school (science lab for 3D pens) Capacity: Up to 30 pupils
Facilitator: Future U Team

Finance (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Investment Challenge – Pupils will learn about the finance industry by looking at how worldwide events can alter stockmarkets. Pupils will compete to make timely decisions in order to select when to invest or sell company shares using reliable (and potentially unreliable!) information.

There are two versions of this workshop and so it can be run twice with the same pupils if they are keen to take on the stock market for a second time!

Time: 1 or 2 hours Venue: In-school (classroom) 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.

Event Management – Pupils will work in teams to plan a family fun day using a list of resources and budget. They will then present their idea to the rest of the class and find out whose event has made profit.

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

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

Pupils will explore careers and pathways within the Creative and Digital industry by exploring the full process behind projects before they are relased.

Creative Campaigns -Pupils will work in small groups as advertising companies, who are given a brief for a new product they must advertise. They will then create a storyboard and a digital character design using iPads.

Game Jam – Pupils will work in teams to take part in a Game Jam; a creative process whereby they work collaboratively to design their own game before presenting their ideas to the rest of the class.

Time: 1 hour Venue: In-school (classroom) Capacity: 30 pupils
Facilitator: Future U Team

Construction: Bridge The Gap (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.

Bridge The Gap – 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.

Global Contruction Challenge – Students will consider how houses are built across the globe and will be tasked with designing and building a house following a specific brief and budget.

Time: Between 1-2 hours Venue: In-school (classroom) Capacity: 30 pupils
Facilitator: Future U Team

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

Pupils will consider the importance of the energy industry by considering cost, sustainability and pollution of different types of energy.

Power Lancashire – Based on real locations around Lancashire, each group will work as Power Plant Managers to decide whether to go down the route of Renewable, Non-Renewable or Nuclear Energy.

Time: Between 1-2 hours Venue: In-school (classroom) Capacity: 30 pupils
Facilitator: Future U Team

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 consider the benefits of university to 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 myths or preconceptions they may have.

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

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

Students will recieve an overview of the current Student Finacne England system including the repayment system and myth busting. The aim is to highlight the 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 Capacity: Whole year group
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. Students will be offered advice regarding structure and content of the statement and all sessions will be tailored to what stage students are up to in the application process.

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

Degree Apprenticships  (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

With opportunities in degree apprenticeships on the rise it is important that students have an overview of all progression opportunities available, and how to access them. Students will consider the pros and cons of a degree apprenticeship vs a traditional degree.

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

Job Search (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

The 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 preferences.

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

Introduction to University (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Students will explore what life at university is really like by hearing from undergradtuate student ambassadors. They will get a realistic and up-to-date understanding of university life and have the chance to ask questions

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: 30 mins Venue: In-school (classroom) Capacity: Up to 30 pupils
Facilitator: Future U Team

Cover Letter and CV Writing (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

Students will learn how to summerise their education, skills and experience effectively into a CV to increase their chances of employability. They will alos learn how to sell themselves to employers by considering the structure and content of a cover letter and how to stand out from the crowd.

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

Interview Preperation  (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 questions they may get asked and how best to structure an answer that highlights their strengths, skills and experience using the STAR technique.

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

Mock Interviews  (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

The Future U Team can offer mock interviews to students accross all subject areas. Mock interviews are an invaluable way of preparing students for the real thing and provides a realistic experience by having an external visitor deliver them. Feedback is always offered in a constructive and encouraging manner.

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

Your Online Brand (Gatsby Benchmark: 3)

This session looks at the challenges of seeking employment and university places in the internet age. Students will look at protecting themselves online and managing their professional image, and how to successfully exploid online resources to find the jobs and opportunities to suit them.

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

Robotic Futures – Business Pitch Activity (Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 3, 4)

Students will learn about opportunities in the Advanced Manufacturing sector by taking part in an enterprise challenge. Students will develop a business planand marketing for thier own use of robotic technologies. They will present their work in a ‘Dragons Den’ format.

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

Introduction to University (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Students will explore what life at university is really like by hearing from undergradtuate student ambassadors. They will get a realistic and up-to-date understanding of university life and have the chance to ask questions

Year Group: 12, 13 Time: 30 mins Venue: In-school (classroom) Capacity: Up to 30 pupils
Facilitator: Future U Team

Presentation Skills (Gatsby Benchmark: 3, 7)

Students will learn what it means to be an effective presenter by considering the skills and techniques used by successful communicators. They will then build on their own skills and confirdence 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 (classroom) Capacity: 20
Facilitator: Future U Team

Pre-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.

Our partners also provide outreach activities, trips, visits and other opportunities.  You can search, enquire about and request to book these activities and events in our “Partner Activities” area of the website.

To view, book or enquire about activities provided by our partners click the button below

Partner Activities

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