On Thursday 15th March a group of Year 11 pupils were selected to take part in a motivational workshop designed and delivered by Mrs Osborne, Mr Whatley and Mr Langdown. The purpose of the workshop was to help pupils review future plans and how their GCSEs fitted into these.
We started with a range of competitive challenges as a way of easing in to the opportunity and developing a ‘can do’ approach right from the start. Mrs Osborne led an interactive lifeline activity where a rope is suspended across the classroom and pupils were given different life events to hang on the rope to create a visual lifeline. This really helps young people see just how little time they spend in education.
Mr Whatley ran a discussion workshop reflecting on what determines how much you earn, what qualifications you need and earning across a range of sectors. This led onto a session exploring labour market information. This was a competitive opportunity to find the highest paid sector and the highest growth sector, enabling pupils to have a clear understanding that choosing the wrong sector will make gaining employment more difficult. Pupils then took a tour of the subject areas on Moodle, looking at what career paths can be followed from studying particular degrees before using a programme to find out specific information about a ‘dream job’ and an ‘aspirational job’. They then continued the journey by looking at the difference between earnings and take home pay. Average UK spending habits were then explored and the ability to be able to save for a future.
We finished with a workshop where groups moved from one table to another while we told pupils a little of our own journeys and hurdles into employment. Feedback from the workshops was fantastic and the key commitment of all was the need to get on and study now to get the GCSE grades they need at school. It was also agreed that it would be even better to run the workshop much earlier in Year 11 or even Year 10 in the future.