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Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College…

Making better informed choices

Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College…

Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College is a mixed secondary school in Surrey with approximately 100 staff and 1,100 students on roll.

Following a review meeting mid-2014 involving school senior leaders and governor, Anthony Barnes, the school decided to engage the services of U-Explore consultants to further develop their careers and employability strategy.

We asked Debbie Pyke, Assistant Headteacher at Rydens Enterprise School, how they were getting on:

What progress has been made so far?
“We are working to improve our careers advice, information and guidance programme in order to motivate students and help them to make informed choices about future education and career paths. U-Explore Online is helping us to deliver this program and their consultants have helped us to design a program, which helps to cover the needs of different year groups and individual students. It helps us to track which students are interested in specific careers, so we know how to target presentations by guest speakers.”

How is the programme being rolled out across the school?
“We created a timetable so that every tutor group has access to an IT suite every fortnight. This mean that all our students have registered and use U-Explore Online, from curious Year 7’s through to Year 13’s on the brink of entering the world of work and/or Higher Education. During tutorials, students are supported by their tutors who show them how to register, how to search different areas and how to track research findings and work on possible options for them. We’ve also shown parents how to use U-Explore Online at our Year 11 Parents’ Evening and at the Sixth Form Information Evening. They all grabbed the leaflets on how to register as they too are keen to help their children to plan for the future.”

All our students use U-Explore Online... from curious Year 7’s to Year 13’s on the brink of entering the world of work.

How have the students responded?
“Students have found it easy to research what careers involve, the training requirements and a wider range of possibilities, including university, college, and apprenticeships. Overall, students are making better-informed choices. For example, our current Year 11s are applying to Sixth Forms and Colleges with aspirational, realistic and back-up options. Together with assemblies on education and training, U-Explore is helping them to make sound choices.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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