CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE (CEIAG) @ HAYDON BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

Ready, Set, World.

CEIAG at Haydon Bridge High School (HBHS) aims to give all our students from Year 7 through to Year 13 the confidence, skills and guidance to excel in an ever changing and competitive world.

The opportunities out there are endless, and we aim to support and engage every individual student to understand and develop their own future pathway to achieve their aspirations.

Our students go on to careers in many fields, and the future will bring jobs that may not exist now. This dedicated careers section on our website has lots of information below.

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) aims to:

  • Ensure each and every child leaves HBHS having experienced at least 5 meaningful encounters with employers during their time at HBHS.
  • Develop students self-awareness, encourage career exploration and develop students’ employability skills.
  • Provide students with opportunities for “real life learning” and as an integral part of the school curriculum.
  • Provide effective CEIAG that strengthens student motivation and aspiration, broadens horizons and supports and encourages attainment in their learning.
  • Embed a culture of independent and impartial careers guidance throughout key points of a student’s academic career; transition, GCSE and post-16 options.
  • Challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.
  • Build a network of employers who work with the school regularly to support students in their CEIAG work.

CEIAG at HBHS has four elements:

  1. Careers Education : Planned programmes in the curriculum giving students knowledge and skills to help them to plan / manage their own career.
  2. Career Information : Including options, skills, occupations, labour market information (LMI), pathways and progression routes.
  3. Careers Advice and Guidance : Independent and impartial careers advice and guidance provided by a L6 qualified careers advisor, Y8-11 careers meetings with HBHS Senior Leaders and careers telephone appointments facilitated by the school with the National Careers
    Service.
  4. Work Related Learning : Experiences within and outside the curriculum to help students learn about economic well-being, careers and enterprise.

National Careers Week and Virtual Careers Speakers

We hold a Careers Week each year during National Careers Week. This offers students an opportunity to showcase a range of real careers. It’s an opportunity to hear guest speakers from a variety of professions, visiting school virtually to speak with all pupils. Lessons also feature tasks that have a special focus on careers in their subject area.

We also usually take part with the annual Tynedale Careers fair event held in the autumn term, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have instead invited guest speakers to hold virtual careers talks with our students across all year groups during the academic year. This is so that they have the opportunity to speak with local employers about their companies, opportunities and apprenticeships.

Aspire to inspire

Nothing beats real life experience. We bring in a wealth of guest professionals, and we are gradually growing our alumni network, to share their careers stories and advice with our students, giving them an insight into the many future paths they may follow. Please do check out the Alumni section below to read more about our students achievements after leaving HBHS. We also love to hear from our former students, so keep in touch by contacting our Careers Leader Mr Jamie Robinson at the school – his email address is RobinsonJ@hbhs.co.uk


Parents and Carers

A key part of the careers process for our students is the support from their parents and carers. You obviously play an important role in helping your child find their way in the future. As adults, we tend to know our own career areas well, but it’s normal to feel ill-equipped to offer advice on all the wide variety of options out there, and things like university entry requirements have moved on since our own sixth form days. A little research can enable you to support and encourage your child to find the path that suits them.

So where do students and parents begin? The information on this page, including the useful websites linked below is a good start.

Don’t forget to also speak with your friends and family – maybe someone you know has experience of the industry you are researching?

Do also look to attend our careers information presentations during options evening and please speak with our subject staff about careers opportunities during parents’ evenings too.

Our Careers Curriculum

We ensure that Haydon Bridge High School students have a bright future ahead of them and the confidence and aspiration to go for it. We have developed a broad and varied careers curriculum for students across all year groups. The aim is to create an atmosphere of awareness on career options from Year 7 forward, with an increasing focus on paths and further outcomes as our students enter their final year at the School.

Our faculties create countless chances to explore careers relating to their subjects. From enterprise competitions, links to subject content, virtual guest speaker talks and context to trips to universities and external visits there’s all sorts of opportunities for our students to find out more about different careers. In the PSHE curriculum students look at certain aspects linked with the careers guidelines. We also use career focused Assemblies and Tutor Time to deliver careers learning.

Below is an outline of our careers work, and examples of the typical programme offered during each academic year at Haydon Bridge High School. Events vary from year to year, and students will be informed of specific dates and upcoming events relevant to them.

Year Group CEIAG outline

YEAR 7 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Education & why it’s important for your career
● Preparation for the univenture day
● Revision skills for success
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Univenture visit to University campus
– NHS Career choices assembly
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: What type of jobs are out there and what is a career?
● Spring: Researching jobs and careers
● Summer: How my current effort and attitude to learning can affect my career choice
– Attending the virtual careers drop down day
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Virtual visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
● Google classroom ‘my careers’ assignments

YEAR 8 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Making a difference in your career
● Revision skills for success
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Visit to University campus
– NHS Career choices assembly
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: Deciding my career path?
● Spring: My subject options and my career
● Summer: How my current effort and attitude to learning can affect my career choice 2
– Attending the virtual careers drop down day
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Virtual visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.)
● Google classroom ‘my careers’ assignments

YEAR 9 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● My Career choice
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Visit to University / College campus (Dependant on COVID-19 government guidelines)
– Internal virtual college visits (Northumberland College)
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: What is LMI?
● Spring: My subject options and my career
● Summer: What skills do I need to get the job and career I want?
– Options drop down taster day career sessions
● My personality and suitable careers
● North East and National LMI
– Attending the virtual careers drop down day
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Virtual from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
– Virtual visit from the national Apprenticeships team
– Discovery Museum- Virtual Careers Fair 2021
– 121 options & careers meeting with a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team
● Google classroom ‘my careers’ assignments

YEAR 10 –
– PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Looking at equality in the workplace
● How social media use can affect career choices
● You and your lifestyle – how personal choices can affect work
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– Visit to University / College campus (Dependant on COVID-19 government guidelines)
– Internal college visits (Northumberland College)
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: What is LMI?
● Spring: My subject options and my career
● Summer: What skills do I need to get the job and career I want?
– Options drop down taster day career sessions
● My personality and suitable careers
● North East and National LMI
– Virtual interview skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Virtual C.V. writing skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Attending the virtual careers drop down day
– Careers linked to subjects curriculum lesson content
– Virtual visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
– Virtual internal visit from the national Apprenticeships team
– 121 options & careers meeting with a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team
● Google classroom ‘my careers’ assignments

YEAR 11 –
PSHE lessons focused on the following;
● Local employers Labour Market Information (LMI)
● What happens if you are out of work – employment resilience
● Writing a CV / interview skills / how to apply for a job
– 1 Career assembly each school term
● Autumn: Where can I find out about what I need for my career?
● Spring: Interview and application skills for success
Options drop down taster day career sessions
● My personality and suitable careers
● North East and National LMI
● National Citizen Service virtual presentation and programme
– The National School + College Leavers Show & Apprenticeship show
– Virtual interview skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Virtual C.V. writing skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Virtual visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
– Virtual visit from the national Apprenticeships team
– 121 careers & options meeting with a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team
– Telephone appointment with the National Careers Service
– 121 virtual careers face to face advice and guidance from the Local Authority careers adviser (SEND students only)
● Google classroom ‘my careers’ assignments

Post 16 – YEAR 12/13
– 1 half term of morning tutor time looking at careers via presentations, quizzes and BBC Bitesize careers articles and videos
– 1 Career assembly in each school term
● Autumn: What are my next steps – Apprenticeship / University / Career
● Spring: Searching and applying for your dream job
– Options drop down taster day career sessions
● My personality and suitable careers
● North East and National LMI
● UCAS application support
● National Citizen Service virtual presentation and programme
– Virtual Interview skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Virtual C.V. writing skills workshop with Capita recruitment
– Virtual visits from external public and private sector guests (Police / Fire service etc.).
– Virtual visit from the national Apprenticeships team
– Virtual visit from University guest speakers
– 121 careers & options meeting with a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team
– Telephone appointment with the National Careers Service
– 121 Virtual careers face to face advice and guidance from the Local Authority careers adviser (SEND students only)
● Google classroom ‘my careers’ assignments

The Careers team

We have a whole school approach to Careers at Haydon Bridge High School, with every member of staff helping to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG, allowing students to access the necessary information to help them make informed decisions about their future.

Careers Leader: Mr Jamie Robinson

All Teaching Staff & Form Tutors

Encourage students to think positively about their career prospects. Link subject areas to different work opportunities, jobs and careers (during curriculum and tutor time). Help develop students employability skills within lessons. Promote progression routes within the subject areas. Help prepare students for the world of work. Develop external links whenever possible.

Director of 6th Form, Year Leaders & Pastoral Team

Monitoring Careers Education during tutor time, support of work experience and other work-related learning programmes and liaise with Careers staff with regards to specific needs of individual students (and liaise with parents).

Director of 6th Form: Mr Ian Radley
Year 7 Year Leader: Mr Jamie Robinson
Year 8 & 12 Year Leader: Mrs Judith Kennedy
Year 9 Year Leader: Mr Matthew Frankish
Year 10 & 11 Year Leader: Mrs Elizabeth Robson

You can contact any member of the careers team by calling the school or completing a ‘Get in touch’ request:

Get in touch

Drop down targeted career taster days or events

Our ‘drop down targeted career taster days’ are when year groups, key stages or even the entire school undertake special activities. The advantages to this approach include;

  • Promoting variety – to develop student career awareness, broaden their horizon & provide ‘real life learning’.
  • Fun activities- to encourage career exploration and strengthen student career motivation and aspirations.
  • Linking to external industry and professions – to ensure meaningful encounters with employers take place.
  • Focusing of specific workplace skills – to develop students employability skills.

Drop down events also allow us to revisit, target or further support students who are not yet clear on their career journey.

Each ‘ drop down day’ addresses specific objectives, with many of these linked to careers. These include: Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 options taster days; theatre career productions; Year 10 and 11 Interviews; C.V. writing workshops; University / College virtual visits.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Our career plan aims to support and achieve the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is
known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information

Every student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and
labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of
available information.

Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to
be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity
considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should l ink curriculum l earning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance
of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the
skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting
speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or
work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education

All students should understand the full range of l earning opportunities that are available to them. This includes
both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8: Personal guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal
(a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be
available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all
students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

North East and UK Labour Market Information

We believe that it is vitally important that students, parents and staff understand the local labour market in order to help support our young people make informed choices about their careers. Therefore we have included some key information below that focuses on the North East Labour Market.

Key information

The document linked below is a summary of the UK and North East labour market that has been provided by the National Careers Service. This summary gives some key information such as the number of people employed, average incomes, jobs growth and which sectors employ the most people within the North East region.

UK and North East labour market

Strategic Economic Plan – North East Growth Industries

As a school we understand our role in preparing young people for the workforce as well as our role in supporting the North East Strategic Economic plan. The Strategic Economic plan has been put together by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and highlights some key growth sectors that are of strategic importance to the region. These being Digital, Health and life sciences, Advanced manufacturing and Energy.

Find out more about the North East Strategic Plan HERE.

Careerometer

Try out this clever tool to compare different jobs, their average pay, working hours and whether the number of jobs in the industry is likely to grow or shrink.

The Careerometer was made by LMI for All, an online data portal, developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers. Read about the data sources it uses .

  • Click in the dotted square and start typing in a job, then choose one of the career options that pops up.
  • Check out the figures it gives and click ‘more info’ for a description of what the job typically involves
  • Try typing another job into the next box and compare them
  • Click ‘clear card’ to clear the information about one job so you can try another.
  • Bear in mind that the information is based on national averages and future projections, and it doesn’t contain every job title out there. Obviously individual jobs and circumstances vary a lot. This offers a useful guide but is only a small part of the information you can use to guide your
    career.

Career Resources for Students, Parents and Carers

Get ideas for your future with free career videos, job information, plus advice on career options and the world of work. The following websites provide career inspiration and information for young people through free access to personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

Parental Career Guidance

Deciding what steps you should take when leaving our school in Year 11 can be difficult due to all of the options that are available for both parents and students.

The Parental Guidance’s website offers impartial advice for parents on their child’s future. Find out more here:
https://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/.

Panjango online

A great free interactive careers resource with an online quiz and a series of career pathways to explore. A range of home activities are currently being created and will be published soon. Click here to find out more.

The National Careers Service

Nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
The NCS provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week). Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Careers Box

https://www.careersbox.co.uk/

Careers Box is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information, including information about apprenticeships.

Careers Camel

http://www.careercamel.com/

Careers Camel is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information, including information about apprenticeships.

Bitesize Careers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, Bitesize Careers can help explain the world of work, with advice from people who’ve found the right path for them.

Start Profile

https://www.startprofile.com/

Students can register to get more information on GCSE, post 16 and Post 18 options alongside building their own career profile.

GOV.UK Apprenticeship information

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

GOV.UK offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.

Apprenticeships Guide Parent’s Pack

A handy PDF document that will give you an excellent idea of the different types of modern apprenticeships that are available.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/711088/Parent-Guide-Apprenticeships.pdf

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2010/01/Parent-Pack-January-2020.pdf

Apprenticeships

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Future Medical Careers

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/

Make a difference with a career in health. Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career.

https://www.globalpremeds.com/

International Doctor shadowing programme for those interested in joining the medical profession.

Parental Guidance

https://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

Offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

Parent Careers Magazine

Parent Careers Magazine

Explore your teenagers options with this helpful parent careers magazine.

Practice Reasoning

https://www.practicereasoningtests.com/psychometric-tests/

https://practicereasoningtests.com/practice-aptitude-tests

https://practicereasoningtests.com/introduction-to-aptitude-tests/

Excellent articles about the various tests and interview tricks employers might use.

Alumni

Hannah Brown’s career video

Meet Hannah, one of our former Alumni who will run you through her career pathway to become a TV producer.

and here’s what some of our other former students went on to complete after graduating from HBHS…

Related stories

The Real Deal Parent and Carer Event – Year 11 Inspired Choices day

40 of our year 11 students had the opportunity to take part in the Inspired Choices day at Newcastle University on Wednesday 2nd October. The full day on-campus helped students to understand how their GCSE and A level qualifications can shape their future plans. Students attended a series of subject taster sessions to experience what it’s like to study at University and the feedback from students about the day was very positive!

Guy Opperman MP’s Tynedale Jobs Fair

A large number of our Year 11 & 13 students attended the Tyndale jobs fair hosted at Wentworth Leisure centre in Hexham on Friday 18th October, an event supported by Northumberland County Council, EGGER and the Department for Work & Pensions.

It was an amazing afternoon with over 50 local employers in attendance, including exhibitors from Construction & Engineering, Law, Finance, the Armed services, Science & Healthcare, Food & Hospitality, Business, Sport & many more!

Students had the opportunity to talk with local businesses, Universities and employers about careers and different educational pathways.

Newcastle Theatre Trip

On Wednesday 17t h October, our GCSE and A Level Drama students went on a trip to the Live Theatre on Newcastle Quayside to watch a production called Trojan Horse; the story of the school scandal in Birmingham in 2014.

The performance was interesting and really challenged the audience’s own viewpoints throughout. Technical aspects of the performance were highly creative with projection, lighting and music and the actors remained on stage and in character for the whole performance.

Students were able to discuss and l earn about other careers in the theatre alongside the acting perspective and now have lots of fresh ideas to bring into their own practical work for their next performance.

We even managed to get a picture with the Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Newcastle University Discovery days

Thirty students from year 9 had the chance to spend a day at Newcastle University on Monday 18th November. They found out for themselves what life at university is like and had the opportunity to look round facilities, and speak with University students and lecturers. We hope that this visit will help them learn about potential future qualifications and careers should they stay on at post 16 at HBHS.

The Newcastle University Sport and Exercise Science team also visited HBHS on Thursday 14th November. They led a series of workshops in school to support Y10/11 learning i n PE and Science alongside helping those students in Year 9 to decide if they wish to study GCSE PE next year.

HBHS students at Scudamore Garage

Nine year 10/11 students attended a session at Scudamore’s Garage last week as part of their Engineering course. They looked at health and safety practices in the workshop and learnt how to correctly and safely jack and support a vehicle, removing the road wheel.

As an extra challenge, the students were timed to remove the road wheel!

Careers & Virtual Careers Opportunities

Job Opportunities – North East As part of the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group, The North East Local Enterprise Partnership has developed a temporary sign-posting website to support the promotion of regional employment opportunities.


 

ETS North East courses: Employment, training and skills

Children’s charity, Barnardo’s, can provide alternative education, study programme courses, traineeships and apprenticeships through the Palmersville Training – ETS North East Yorkshire & Humber service.

All its employment, training and skills courses are tailored to ensure participants can reach their full potential. View the course guide for ETS North here.

Barnardo’s will help young people to build their confidence and equip them with the skills and knowledge expected by today’s employers. It works with multinational, UK and local employers in a wide range of industries to support people into employment, apprenticeships and training.

Find out more here.


 

RAF recruitment video/presentation

The RAF have been in touch with us and shared their careers recruitment video. This video is extremely informative and serves as a perfect introduction to life/work in the RAF.

https://youtu.be/Sl9e9xMrzug


 

Young women’s film academy

The YWFA would love for more young women aged 12+ to join their online Saturday Club. All you need to do is complete the online registration form below and one of the team will be in contact to get you involved.

The new online Saturday Club offers a safe environment for girls and young women to engage, discuss themes related to them and advance training in film and media industries. In these sessions, film mentors support the girls and young women to capture their active, authentic voices, creating films which come from a young person’s perspective and explore situations which they have experienced.

Fill in the form, and get more information here.


 

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

PwC wanted to share an exciting November virtual opportunity for your students to hear from their people, engage in some interactive activities and find out more about why diversity is so important at PwC.

To ensure that you always hear about PwC’s Opportunities and Events, you can sign up to their Talent Network here.

The virtual sessions will focus on racial equality, social mobility and gender equality. You will have the chance to engage with a range of PwC staff through the interactive live sessions, whilst having the flexibility to watch and listen to recorded content at a time that best suits you each week. You’ll also learn more about the career opportunities available at PwC.

Event schedule:

Thursday 26 November – The importance of social mobility
Thursday 3 December – The importance of gender equality
Thursday 3 December – The importance of diversity and inclusion – parent and teacher session

You will need to pre-register for each session in advance and the link for each session will be sent once registration is complete. All live sessions will start at 4.30pm and will last for approximately 50 minutes.


 

North East Choices

On the 24 and 26 November, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s North East Ambition team will be hosting a live webinar for young people aged 16-19, and their parents/guardians/carers, exploring the many education, employment and training opportunities in the region.

Year 11: Tuesday 24 November, 16:00-17:00

Years 12-14: Thursday 26 November, 16:00-17:00

Click here to Register

The broadcasts will focus on the full range of options that young people have at the different stages of their education, employment or training.

The webinar on 24 November will cover:

  • A-levels
  • T-levels
  • Vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Employment

The webinar on 26 November will cover:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Degrees
  • Foundation degrees and other Higher Technical Qualifications
  • Degree apprenticeships and School leaver programmes
  • Employment including Supported Internships
  • Self-employment
  • Gap years

Both sessions will provide details of where individuals can find out more information, and a Live Chat function will enable people to ask questions to a panel of experts.


 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Webinar

For Year 12/13 we have teamed up with one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies GSK to put on a very exclusive webinar for school students looking to get into a STEM related career. The webinar is taking place on the 26th November, 5pm – 6pm and is open to all students across the UK who would like to find a bit more about what a career at GSK could look like.

GSK Webinar Details:

  • Insight to GSK – 26th November, 5pm – 6pm
  • GSK are a £34 billion global pharmaceutical company
  • GSK have been behind some of the trials and testing for the Covid Vaccine
  • Hear from some of their scientists, recruitment teams and current graduates / apprentices
  • Opportunities to work at GSK and work experience summer placements
  • We are encouraging you to bring your parents along to this webinar

Registration Link:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YP-GSK

University Events and Activities

Universities have been working hard to transfer helpful Higher Education resources, that they would usually deliver in person, online. Below is a selection of opportunities that have been forwarded to the school for you to look at and participate with.


 

Sunderland University

Have a Digital Resource Hub on their website which can be found here. There is a wide variety of useful resources to support you whether you are, making the right decision about university, applying to university or preparing for university!

If you have any question regarding their Digital Outreach Hub or resources available please get in contact with student.recruitment@sunderland.ac.uk and they can arrange a catch-up call.

Sunderland University Open Days

The Online Open Day for Sunderland University will take place on on December 2nd from 2pm – 7pm that will cover all of the courses they offer. If you are interested in studying a degree with them and would like to attend you can sign up here. Students will have the opportunity to attend live talks and speak to university staff on live chat as well as taking a virtual campus tour and finding out more about a course of interest.


 

Cumbria University

Cumbria University are offering virtual Masterclasses. These give the opportunity for students to explore and discuss topics they’re interested in with professionals, academics and other like-minded students too! As an added bonus, attendance to their Masterclasses are rewarded with reduced offers on future applications to related subjects at the University of Cumbria.

To book onto these sessions students can head over to www.cumbria.ac.uk/masterclasses.

Superhero Leadership – The power to change me and then the world
23 November 2020 14:00 – 15:00
Leadership is about change. Where there is change there is life and hope and joy. Finding the desire and will inside you to bring change is exciting but challenging. Especially in a messy world.

Media Manipulation and Misrepresentation of the Law
27 November 2020 14:00 – 15:00
The representation of the law by the press forms public opinion on the administration and application of the law, but are the public being misled? This interactive exercise using contemporary reporting will help you make up your own mind.

Microbiology- Why Microbes Matter
Thursday 3rd December 14:00-15:00
Friends and Foes… Microbes affect every aspect of our life from our general health status to the fertility of our land. We cannot see them yet we cannot function without them. They demonstrate incredible diversity occupying all corners of the globe and many fundamental discoveries in science have arisen from the study of microbes such as the development of Penicillin and realisation that genetic information is transmitted via DNA not protein. Equally we face many microbial challenges from the emergence of new infectious diseases to the ever increasing impact of anti-microbial resistance. Join our Microbiology masterclass as we explore some of these themes and learn more about how microbes continue to shape our society. The future is microbial!

The Application of Spectrophotometry in Forensic and Biomedical Sciences
Friday 4th December 10:30-12:30
Spectrophotometry is an important technique used to monitor enzyme activity, determine the kinetic parameters of enzymes and measure concentrations of substances such as DNA and protein. This session will cover the theory, analysis of spectrophotometer data and the applications of spectrophotometry to forensic and biomedical sciences.

For a full list of all their Masterclass titles, please visit their website https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/masterclasses and select the ones you’re interested in.

Applications open for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2021 (Post 16)

Explore studying in the USA and get help applying to American universities

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school students from across the UK explore US study and access leading universities through support, advice, UK residentials and a one-week trip to visit a variety of US universities. Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland) students can now apply to be part of the tenth cohort.

It is free to take part in the programme.

The student application deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday 17 January 2021.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Currently be in Year 12 in England and Wales
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college i.e. non-fee paying
  • Not hold US citizenship
  • Be from a low or middle income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)
  • Be interested in US culture and higher education

Take a look at the Sutton Trust US Programme website to learn more about eligibility and selection.

Application Process

The online application form is based on the Common Application, an admissions platform used by over 900 American universities.

Among other things, the application will ask questions on an applicant’s:

  • Academic profile
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Family and financial background information
  • Passport and visa information

Applicants are required to complete five short essays, and a video interview. Students will also have to coordinate a reference from a member of staff at their current school.

Students who apply will have the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore what studying in the US is like.

Programme participants get a taste of what it’s like being an international student in the US and can decide if it’s the right fit for them.

Success stories

More than 400 of our students have secured places and funding at top US universities.

Ellie Laird from Hamilton, Scotland (Cohort 7) is now studying at Denison University in Ohio:

“The Sutton Trust US Programme drastically changed my life for the better. I met friends for life through this programme and have been given opportunities I could only dream of. The programme allowed me to expand my horizons beyond that of my small Scottish town to the other side of the world. I feel like I have two homes now and I am truly blessed.”

Questions?

Have a question about the programme, the application or eligibility? You may find that it’s covered in the FAQs. If not, you can email the team on suttontrust@fulbright.org.uk.

Careers Policy and Plan

For further information please refer to the full school careers policy and plan below.

Careers Education Advice and Guidance 2019-20.pdf