Starting this past week we have begun a programme of Year 10 and 11 assemblies involving all the local colleges and specific training centres. Our first guest speaker was Shona Walker (pictured) from the school Liason Team at South Cheshire College. Pupils were shown information about general college considerations and explored the range of course and routes possible at the South Cheshire campuses in Crewe.
The key messages to pupils were around deadlines and application processes, GCSEs important to Post 16 choices (especially Maths and English), consideration of interests and careers, travel arrangements, support available and the extended college experience.
Over the coming weeks pupils will have opportunities to see the range of Post 16 opportunities available to them locally. In conjunction with the Post 16 Week Year 10 experience in June and careers appointments with Mark Stubbs from Entrust, careers advisement teams are vital in considerations concerning the extended pathways pupils can choose from and the requirements to enable them to continue on career pathways of their choosing.
I would like to encourage parents to begin the discussion process with their children about potential pathways and careers and where possible urge pupils and parents to visit colleges of interest on their open days. The dates are available on the college websites and are also advertised to pupils via careers noticeboards and thought of the week discussions in forms. We will push out upcoming college presentations via the Twitter Feed.
Personal Development Leader