On Friday the 9th of November, students from Outwood Academy Carlton and Shafton were invited to the University of Sheffield to take part in a special taster day, entitled the “Things you can’t do in school”. This day focused on lesser-known subjects, which students could try out for themselves. Our students took part in workshops in Economics, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Law and Social Investigation (Criminology). The response from students was overwhelmingly positive, with many students now aspiring to study at such a prestigious university.
During our Year 9 students’ BTEC Sport and GCSE P.E. lesson on Wednesday 7th November, students were treated to a very different style of lesson. Professor Natasha Watchorn, Cardiovascular Science lecturer at the University of Leeds, volunteered her time to give a special university-style lecture in our Academy. Students were very engaged to have a different person taking the lesson for the day, and being asked to take notes just as they would have to do at university.
During the second hour of the lesson, Professor Watchorn assisted the students in completing an assignment, giving helpful tips and speaking with students individually about their chosen future career paths and how to achieve their goals.
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In June, last academic year, 40 students from Outwood Academy Carlton travelled to Sheffield Hallam University, to take place in the Transformation Trust’s “Powering Transformation” event, sponsored by Dell computing.
Students had a full day of problem solving using the cutting-edge equipment provided by Dell, including getting to use Virtual Reality software.
The day culminated in students presenting their ideas in teams to the rest of their peers, as well as a number of judges from Dell and the university.
Alex, Jake, Jordan and Daniel’s team was the winner on the day, and their ideas were brought forwards to the regional finals, where schools from all over the North of England took part. Our students came out victorious as regional champions!
Due to this, we held a celebration hot chocolate and cake brunch for the winning team, and their families.
The students received a certificate, and Amazon gift vouchers to spend on whatever they wanted for winning!
Tomorrow’s World is the name we will now be using to “brand” all careers, higher education, or aspiration-raising event.
We are working closely in partnership with HeppSY+, an impartial organisation funded by the Office for Students (OfS) to support young people most at risk of missing out on higher education. It stands for Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus.
HeppSY+ builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp) involving Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colleges of further education.
Their remit is to work with young people from Year 9 who live in 45 target wards. The evidence shows that higher education participation of young people in these areas is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment.
We are also working very closely with Careers Inc. who work in partnership with Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and advise students on which path to take to reach their desired career. More information on them can be found here.
On the 26th of September 2018, all Year 10 students were gathered in the Lecture Theatre to launch the new “Build My Skills” in collaboration with ESH Construction Ltd.
This project will run the span of the 2018-2019 academic year, and will mostly be running during Life lessons. The project sees 4 different business representatives visit the academy to speak with students about topics across the careers world.
The project will see students complete a “Checkpoint Folder” within their Life lessons on the 4 topics of “My Pathway”, “Online Appearance”, “CV & Online Applications” and “Interview Preparation”.
This is a really exciting project, which will be very useful when going on to further education and employment, and we are looking forward to our first checkpoint, which has a provisional date of 14th November.
Please find the slideshow which was shown to the students at the Launch assembly here.