Causeway Education’s flagship Access Champions programme trains a lead teacher to make lasting changes to the systems that support their students as they prepare for the transition to Higher Education. In June, we enjoyed running a training day, held at UWE Bristol, where we trained teachers on effective use of IAG and assessing their school/college encounters with HE. Last academic year, we trained a total of 27 teachers (including senior leaders) across 3 training days, in Bristol and surrounding areas. Harriet John, Assistant Head of Sixth at Chew Valley, commented that training is ‘helpful’ and ‘detailed’ with ‘targeted advice, and support in place to help us implement it’.
As well as teacher training, our Progression Specialists delivered 377 mentoring sessions to 90 students in the region. During the training in June, we also ran student application workshops for competitive courses, where we worked on personal statements, interview technique, LNAT and UKCAT tests.
Yvonne Jorden, one of our Progression Specialists, has spoken positively of the engagement she has had with parents in the region. Yvonne commented that the student finance sessions that she has delivered ‘were particularly well received and have meant that both students and their parents are much more positive and confident in their approach to Higher Education as an option for the future.’