At HG Education we continue to build on our experiences and develop our mentoring strategy and independent careers advice and guidance in accordance with our learner’s needs and aspirations.
We recognise that schools have different cohorts of students each with different requirements. Our flexibility means that we too can adopt different strategies and approaches which reflect individual schools and learners needs.
At one of our partner schools, pupil premium funding is being used to support a mentoring programme for learners who have been identified as ‘at risk’. Working closely with the staff, Senior Management Team RAISE on line and parents we have identified barriers to learning and by challenging pupils we have used initiatives that seek to address this. Learners have responded extremely positively to this input and their feedback includes: “significant improvement in all areas”; “a far more mature attitude to studying” and a “realisation at last of the importance of achieving in Maths and English.” This provides evidence of the positive impact of mentoring support and HG Education is delighted that the school is now looking to expand our involvement and offer our service to other year groups.
In conjunction with another one of our partners we have delivered many sessions enabling students to make informed choices, including working closely with year 9 students who are progressing towards option choices and advising sixth form students who want to identify opportunities other than University. We have also forged links with local employers enabling students to talk to them directly about what life is really about in the world of work.
Through the use of various ICT programmes we have helped students gain a better understanding of vocational and progression pathways. At one of our schools an apprentice style “You ve been Hired” day was carried out with a group of year 10 learners, developing their communication, teamwork and enterprise skills. The day culminated in a short presentation to the Head and a selected panel who, along with HG Education, helped to assess their business ideas, giving students their first experiences of working under pressure to deadlines and being questioned and interviewed.
We have worked in conjunction with many teachers and tutors as well as our learners, we remain convinced that our experiences and our teaching background gives us a far better understanding of the hard work and pressure teaching staff are under and the challenges they encounter and we see ourselves very much as part of the solution and not problem.
Working together with our partners our aim is to make the student experience an enjoyable and ultimately worthwhile experience which will give our learners every opportunity to make a success of themselves.
HG Education are delighted to announce that Paula Askew will be joining them from the 1st January 2014.Paula has many years experience offering independent advice and guidance. A graduate from Nottingham University with over twenty years experience Paula is currently working at Garstang Community Academy as their careers adviser. Paula has just completed her City and Guilds Diploma Level 6 in Career Guidance and Development.
Chris Gunn has an MSc and has a wealth of experience in FE and HE. He has managed several departments associated with supporting students. He has qualifications in teaching, counselling and career education and guidance with extensive experience and knowledge of the UCAS application system and providing support to students throughout this process. He has also taught on various courses, including teacher education, business and management and personal and social development as well as staff training programmes. Chris is working as a lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire
Mark Holt has an MA in Politics and has many years of experience in both FE Colleges and Sixth Forms. As a Head of Department at a nationally awarded beacon college, he has been responsible for teaching provision, schools liaison peer observations and training. He also has qualifications in Guidance and Support and has been a senior pastoral tutor for a number of years. He has also extensive knowledge of the University Admissions System and the writing of references. He has published on line learning material and has developed personal and social development programmes in HMP Preston. He is currently working in a number of high schools as, an independent careers advisor and as a mentor as part of the pupil premium initiative.