Enrichment +

 

What did you do in the Great War Daddy?” was a propaganda poster with the aim of raising volunteers in 1916.  It was also almost certainly a question asked many times in the years after WW1.  In future interviews, you will likely be asked what you did during this challenging time period (spring / summer 2020).

 

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and a little lost so I thought a concise guidance / advice sheet (with some relevant links) might be helpful.  You could of course find equally relevant activities elsewhere (books, website searches, webinars, and virtual tours etc.) – this is just to get you started and offer a structured approach.  The table includes some links to examples and also refers to additional documents in the Sixth Form Enrichment + area on the school website (HLR). Additional documents are highlighted in green and can be found below.

 

I know some of you are busy looking after siblings / parents / carers and working in essential organisations where this is relevant to your part time employment. This table aims to provide simplified and structured guidance that you can dip into.

 

Mrs Lennon

 

Area

12 / 13

Detail (& some links)

Subjects

12

It is important to keep up to date with your work.  You can use this time to consolidate the work you have done this year and follow the guidance given by your teachers on HLR part of the school website.  Teachers are updating and adding to this so please keep checking. 

 

In June, the work you would have been doing includes finishing Year 12 content for some courses and starting Year 13 courses. In May we will start putting subject guidance on the website for what you should be doing from the 1st June for each subject.  I recommend that you continue with all of your subjects at this stage.

Subjects

13

Keep on top of your academic studies – for all subjects until you know whether you will want to pursue the option for sitting these exams in the future.

 

For any subjects that are relevant to university study, it is important that you have a solid foundation.  Again, follow the teacher guidance and resources on the HLR and start your wider research / reading – with reference to any guidance regarding your chosen courses.

Transferrable Skills

12 & 13

Use this time to build up a range of skills that will be relevant to university and future employment.  There is a lot of help out there, for example, most university websites have guidance on these areas.  You don’t have to look at them all – they are largely similar in content / advice. Most of the areas below are covered by ISC -  ISC Website - follow the links to the left of the front page on this website, for the ones you are interested in learning more about.

Academic Extras

12 & 13

  • Academic writing is confidently uncertainsee my guide belowAlso here is the UCAS guide.
  • EPQs – an excellent way to develop your research, independent work and communication skills – provides evidence of 100 hours of independent work.  See the document below – thank you Mr Bann. Email Mr Bann (j.bann@durhamjohnston.org.uk) to register your interest.
  • Oxford University resources for: Maths, English, Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science and an ‘All Subjects’ section – check out the ‘Curious Minds’ section which you can find here.
  • LIBF (Relevant for all – help you make better financial decisions for the rest of your life). See the worksheets below.
  • MOOCS – Massive open online courses.  I like Future Learn courses. Brilliant, interesting and specifically designed to be followed remotely – have a look if there is something for you by following this link.
  • Reading / watching / on-line lectures / virtual work experiences – I emailed you a few in March – others are becoming available all of the time – look for something relevant and of interest to you.

Preparing for competitive courses

12

In general – my advice to all of you is to follow the guidance in the rest of this table.  Mr Wilbraham runs our Oxbridge & Medicine Support Programme – see his guidance below.

University

12

Measure twice – cut once.  Research is vital at this stage and you’ve made an excellent start in PHE.  You have a copy of our scheme of work for this – refer to this to help guide you.  UCAS and university websites are excellent sources of information to help you make more informed decisions about your future plans. Look at a range of universities, courses – and course details. Many universities are running virtual open days – check out the ones relevant to you.

 

 

Show – don’t tell.  Participate in a range of activities to test, challenge, inform and support your choices – and keep a log of these to help you write your application (Personal Statement). See the two documents below. See the guidance above Preparing for competitive courses, Academic extras and Transferrable skills.

 

University

13

  • Check UCAS regularly – tracking your own progress and for other helpful guidance.
  • Your university may well be offering virtual Offer Days – look on their website to find out how to get involved.
  • Apply for student finance – guidance to be found hereAlso - see my document below.
  • Keep in touch with your university of choice – respond promptly to any communication from them.  Also, take advantage of the array of virtual open days becoming available – this may well help inform your firm and insurance choices and help you see yourself studying and living independently in the future.
  • Scholarships and bursaries – if you may be eligible – do apply – if you don’t - you definitely won’t get this financial support. Find out more here.

Alternatives (Degree & Higher Apprenticeships)

12 & 13

Every year, some of our students decide to continue studying by following the degree apprenticeship route, where you are employed and study concurrently.  This isn’t available for all subject areas and is very challenging, but avoids graduate debt.  We have had students follow Law, Construction and Business, but by far the most popular has been Accountancy (PwC, EY, KPMG, DeLoitte – they have excellent Insight days and offer work placements too).

 

Sixth Form Enrichment