So I’d moved in, braved Freshers Week and managed to remember (most of the time) to take my keys with me before leaving my room. The next step was, of course, to do what I came here for: work.
But this seemed to pose even more challenges than anything I had done so far. For example, the lecture timetable would have required a degree to simply decipher (any ideas what 6L W.9 Lecture Room 10 means? Nope, me neither) and finding out where to go for these lectures was a minefield. I felt exhausted before I’d even done any actual work.
As a small consolation for my pains, I was told that all my lectures are optional! Initially, as you can imagine, I thought that meant I could laze about watching...
The step to higher education is daunting for everyone – but for those who come from a care background it can be even more daunting. That’s why we’ve developed a suite of resources to help teachers and advisers support students who may be care leavers – they’re all available from our supporting care leavers toolkit. Here we’ve picked out the ten essentials for supporting people in care:
Advocate, encourage and support the educational development of looked after children. Have aspirations for them from a very young age.
Forward planning is extremely important. If a young person who is in care is thinking about higher education, make sure that an adviser knows this at their school. This is essential to ensure they get the appropriate funding and support as early as possible.
Help them plan for the university or college that suits them best.
There is lots of support for care leavers in higher education, but the key thing is unis need to know you’re coming from a care background. To make this critical first step happen you need to tick the box in the care questions on your UCAS application. Here are the three key reasons you should tick the box:
So admissions staff at the universities and colleges you are applying to can consider your achievements and potential in context.
So that your chosen universities and colleges can let you know what additional support you are entitled to, this will make sure you’re fully supported
The information is confidential – they’ll only share this information with those who need to know, and who you agree should be informed.
For more information on the support that’s available visit our care...
Making your UCAS application stand out from the crowd can be challenging. One thing you could consider is taking part in ‘social action’ to show you’re a motivated, disciplined, and resilient person.
By social action we mean campaigning, fundraising, or even volunteering. This can give you something unique to talk about in your personal statement, and can reinforce your commitment to your chosen study area. There are loads of organisations you can contact to discuss opportunities – from the Scouts and Girl Guides, to your local council....
I went into teacher training at 34, which was ten years after I originally thought about doing. However, for me, it was far better timing to have trained later on in life. I believe that there are pros and cons to training at various ages, but for me, I entered into the profession with a lot of life experience behind me, having been fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling and seasons living in the French Alps I have the ability to offer pupils an insight into potential life adventures and hopefully inspire them to want to explore the world and a variety of careers.
I believe that the SCITT programme I completed was the best pathway for me into teaching and am a strong advocate for this route. It offers a gentle approach into teaching that isn't weighed down with too much paper based university assignments.
I happened to teach six subjects in my training year which is unusual, but I do feel that it has proved the possibility to be multi-...
Imagine this - someone turns to you and says ‘I can help make your dreams come true’.
‘Okay?’ You respond. Curious as to how this will work.
‘It’s simple.’ They begin to explain. ‘All you have to do is experience 2 years of stress to meet our standards, then be placed in a house with a group of strangers. You will then live with them, cook with them, clean with them and party with them for a year. I can guarantee this will be the best time of your life.’
Moving away from home was an extremely daunting thought for me because I have never been away from home for longer than 10 days. Therefore, a hugely important thing for me was to make myself feel as at home as possible and a key way of doing this was to make my bedroom feel like home.
To make my room feel as much like home as possible, I ensured that I bought enough things with me to make me feel comfortable. This includes a lot of photos; my favourite pillows; some psychology books; my jewellery stand and some dreamcatchers. What you have to remember is that,...
Freshers is an exciting time for all university students whether you like partying or getting involved in the day time activities, there is something for everyone. Obviously the partying is a big part of Freshers week(s) but I won’t go into too much detail about that as that is pretty self-explanatory.
The weeks of Freshers is an amazing opportunity to meet new people, help your confidence grow and find out what the university has to offer. During these weeks there are often various bazaar’s ranging from a sports bazaar to a society bazaar to a RAG bazaar....
The thought of university is such a daunting and difficult process - you're making decisions that can affect the rest of your life and you're trying to balance what you enjoy and what you're good at. It’s a difficult process so working out the best way to handle to suit you is vital. I didn’t manage it in the most conventional way but it worked best for me so it worked out well.
At the start of year 13 I was convinced I wanted to study music but very rapidly discovered that my real passion lay with psychology. I began by looking at...
We gets lots of phone calls and queries on Facebook and Twitter from people who can’t sign in to their applications.There are a few different reasons why you might not be able to sign in, but here’s how to overcome the most common sign in issues, in case you find yourself faced with this message: