17 Jun Word is spreading
We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to Start so far this year. From teachers telling us that Start is ‘better than anything else I’ve seen’ to students describing the software as ‘one of the best things I’ve gone on to see what jobs match me’, the buzz surrounding Start is infectious.
The excitement is starting to ripple across the country. There are now nearly 1,000 schools and colleges that have activated Start, and just under 700 teachers are taking a look at the software either with their students, or with their teams as they make plans to embed Start into their curriculum delivery from September.
It has been fascinating to see how schools and colleges have reacted to Start in very different ways. Launches with students have ranged from a single email fired out to everyone encouraging them to register, to carefully planned events where Start has been wired into Enterprise days, work experience or curriculum delivery of careers education. We are also seeing an increasing number of schools planning for September launches, with over 10,000 students to receive access to Start in September alone through planned events, induction processes and tutor activities – and that’s just the ones we know about!
Not everyone has quite seen the potential of Start just yet however! At a recent conference, a Careers Advisor who had some of our emails stacked up in her inbox filed under ‘must read when I get chance’ attended our presentation. At the end, she couldn’t believe the quality of this new, free resource and exclaimed that she wished she had opened our email sooner.
To help our schools and colleges we’ve been delivering free webinars and local events (you can keep an eye on what’s upcoming here), as well as creating activities and resources to use from year 7 to 13. Our latest resources are designed to help schools and colleges to promote Start to their students and parents. We’ve created a series of posters linked to key decisions young people need to make, as well as a website pack containing banners, an overview video, hints and tips on how to really improve the careers sections of school’s websites and VLEs.