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Widening Participation Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4

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Steps to Success

Raising achievement and developing aspirations are crucial to enabling students to make the most of their opportunities in education. Through a lively combination of drama, comedy, music and dance we explore the variety of options available to students after GCSEs. We demystify the array of courses and qualifications and signpost directions for help, support and guidance. Whether their future lies in vocational learning, higher education or in seeking a job with training we offer the opportunity to explore solutions and make informed choices.

Learning Objectives

  • Re-enforce the importance of lifelong learning within education and training for students’ lives now and in the future
  • Explore and dispel myths and preconceptions about Further Education and Higher Education
  • Create awareness of all the post 16 options available and the routes into higher education
  • Promote University as being available to all, regardless of background, gender and financial circumstances
  • Motivate all students to fulfil their potential


96% of students...
said the presentation had helped them think about their options for the future.

98% of adults...
thought the presentation would help them to talk to their students about their future options.

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"Anything is possible if you think about it and put your mind to it."

Student, Sirius Academy

"Start to plan your route to the future. There’s more than 1 option."

Student, Cottingham High

"Pitched perfectly!"

Teacher, Filey School

"Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do."

Student, The Axholme Academy

"Energetic, engaging, interesting. The students were enthralled and asked sensible questions and it has got them thinking early on about life after school and college! Thank you!"

Teacher, Melior Community College

"It shows that if you work harder you get further in your education. It also shows that all your hard work at school soon pays off."

Student, Headlands School

"It helped to show different routes to university. To show financial difficulties aren’t as bad as I thought. There are a huge variety of things you can do."

Student, Invenio Academy

"Serious messages put across in a fun, appropriate way. Lots of info to absorb but easily achieved via the Q&A at end of session."

Teacher, Hornsea School

"It gave me loads of advice for my future. It helped me realise that I can do anything when I am older. It helped me realise I need to pick my future because I won’t have long."

Student, Frederick Gough

"You can get hurt by the choices you make and this presentation made me understand this."

Student, Grace Academy

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