Official Launch of Future Quest - Wednesday 8 November at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre.
The event will be a formal reception and the key speaker is the elected Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Marvin Rees. The event will celebrate the Future Quest programme to date, its students, its activities and the programme’s city-wide reach.
The Post-16 programme has got off to a good start with activities including character profiling, a trip to Bristol Old Vic to see Julius Caesar, campus visits to local universities and a cultural visit to the Underfall Yard with a boat trip in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Each College has a core cohort of 50 students which will double next year. The school sixth form groups are smaller with 15 students each. This part of the programme is different to the pre-16 element, being more tailored to individuals and small groups with specific interests. As well as the group visits to cultural locations, bespoke offerings include signposting to university taster days and summer schools, assistance with finding work placements, 1-2-1 mentoring and UCAS advice and support tailored to the individual’s interests. There is also provision within the programme for financial barriers to activities to be removed, i.e. transport costs and registration fees.
Next steps will include preparation for university, Bristol Old Vic Theatre workshops and interview and assessment preparation for the work place as well as life skills at the South Bristol Skills Academy. All the activities have been enthusiastically received by students and parents alike. All have been very positive about partaking in the programme.
This is a key part of the Future Quest programme and is being led by a team from the University of Bristol. The team’s remit is two-fold: firstly, to look at impact data (attainment) and survey data (qualitative statements) from years 9, 10 and 12 and monitor if the programme’s activities increase the number of students going on to higher education; secondly, the research will analyse current data to see if geographical and other trends may explain the reason for a low take up of higher education in certain areas of Bristol. Future Quest’s flying start in Bristol means that initial reporting to the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE) will take place in December.
The mentoring element of the programme for students in years 11 and 13 starts in September and details of this are being given out during the Communities of Practice meetings.
Henbury School and St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School are also joining the programme in September for what should be an exciting and busy start to the new academic year.