10 Dec 2021

An update over the last term from the Future Quest Coordinators.

Assemblies were a new addition to our offer this year. It’s been great to see how popular they have been. These shorter engagement offers have been ideal for post-lockdown schools trying to stay on top of the curriculum while still offering their students essential outreach opportunities.

Assemblies aren’t the only new development for Future Quest - we are also working on several interactive new activities for our website, due to launch in the new year and covering a wide range of topics. These will allow students the chance to continue exploring their strengths and skills while discovering what encounters and pathways are available to them.

Coming in the new year, we have brand new mentoring programmes. Explore & Apply, in partnership with Brightside, is an online mentoring opportunity for the year 12/13s in Future Quest schools. Allowing mentees to ask questions to and be supported by current university students. Our Global Majority Mentoring programme will give small groups of students aged 14-18 from the BAME community a chance to gain support, skills and knowledge from BAME university students.

We are also beginning to develop our year 7/8 offer. Starting with a board game that students will answer questions all things further and higher education to build their own universities. This offer is currently only available in selected schools, however, we are hoping to expand this to all schools in the future.

Finally, let’s not forget all the activities that have already been delivered this year! By the end of this first term alone, we will have delivered around 50 different activities to schools and colleges. For example, our Tech in Sport workshop for year 9 students were delivered to Downend School where they learnt about the history of tech in sport, starting 2,000 years ago on the racetrack at Olympia up to today’s high-tech football boots. They explored the challenges for blind and amputee skateboarders and developed solutions for future Paralympians. Following an engineering design process, they drew sketches and made models of their ideas.

Here’s how one student summed it up:

“It made me think about some aspects that I don’t normally think about… being disabled and their day to day challenges and how other people can invent things that can make their life easier and help them pursue their dreams.”