South Bristol Youth Pre-16 Cohort Programme

The 2017/18 Future Quest cohort programme schedule has been completed with all dates confirmed with providers and a range of venues booked across the city. Two new schools have been inducted and student and parent meetings have been delivered in all 27 participating schools, in partnership with both UWE Bristol and University of Bristol staff and ambassadors.

Autumn term saw year 9 and 10 students participating in their first activities for this academic year. The year 9 students visited Aerospace Bristol, which was a highly enjoyable and informative trip. Students in year 11 are currently receiving mentoring to enable self-esteem and positive future planning, and to help them remain engaged with their studies. Year 10 students attended a profiling day during which the students had the opportunity to look at their personalities in more depth and think about their strengths. The day gave them a chance to consider how they interact with others, including teachers, parents, future employers and friends.

We will finish this term by taking all year 9 students to the Bristol Old Vic theatre to watch their winter show. We’re all really looking forward to it! After Christmas there are many more exciting activities planned:

  • Year 9 will participate in Bristol Old Vic and Speakers Trust workshops and also visit UWE Bristol, the University of Bristol and Clifton Suspension Bridge.
  • Year 10 plans include a Future Skills day, visits to UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, and a celebration event in the summer. The year will finish with a trip to London.
  • A student finance and higher education evening will be held in every participating school for students, parents and carers.

More highlights from this year include, some of the Year 11 cohort students had the option of going to Sky Studios as part of the Future Quest cohort programme. Students travelled to London to explore the hub of Sky News and Sky Sports and discover the fascinating world of media through a guided tour. They learnt how TV is created and what careers and pathways are available for graduates in the exciting world of media. Students got the opportunity to use television as a platform for their own perspectives by creating a news broadcast on the topic of their choice, using green screen technology, broadcast quality cameras and touch screen edit tables.

And in the summer, 23 Future Quest schools and colleges enjoyed a tour and workshop at the Houses of Parliament, where students got to witness Teresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson in action. Most schools had the opportunity to meet and talk with their local MP and were also able to explore either the Imperial War Museum or the Science Museum during the day. Feedback from the students and the staff involved was extremely positive.

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