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Reflective activities to support university choice

University Choice

By Barbara Bassot Many students say that the process of university choice is challenging and here are some of the reasons why: 1. It’s complex – thinking about which university a student may want to go to involves lots of different things, such as where to study, what to study. 2. It’s time consuming –… Read more »


Work experience Thank you letter

When you have completed your work experience placement, it will be useful to reflect on the experience and an important part of that is writing a thank you letter (or email).  This will help you to think about the positive things you got out of the experience. You will have thanked your employer on the… Read more »


Planning a gap year? Some top tips and advice

Most good gap years comprise a medley of activities which complement one another, work and play, earning and spending, challenge and self-indulgence, worthiness and fun. The marketplace is full of companies offering structured gap years of all kinds that might include lemur-monitoring in Madagascar, teaching in China, orphanage placements in Ecuador, picking fruit in Australia,… Read more »


UCAS application dates poster 2019 now available

UCAS application dates 2019

Out now!  The 2019 key UCAS application dates poster has arrived! Don’t be without this infographic which gives you all of the important dates your students need for their UCAS application for 2019 entry.  Download and share as an infographic or print it and use it as a poster for your wall. Deadlines start rolling in… Read more »


How are we helping your named Careers Leader meet the new statutory requirements?

The government’s new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, formalised the expectation that all schools and colleges should have a named Careers Leader in place by September 2018. Schools should also start using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, including offering every young person seven encounters with employers, and they will be expected to… Read more »


5 strategies to aid reflective practice

Siobhan Neary and  Claire Johnson A key focus for professional practice is the importance of reflection and being a reflective practitioner.  Reflective practice is one of the core competences you are expected to address in initial qualifications for all helping, career and teaching professions and for the career development sector the NOS: CD requires you… Read more »


UCAS application dates 2018 – 3rd May!

UCAS application dates poster

If your students are applying to university, today is another key date in the UCAS application process: 3 MAY 2018 – University/college decisions due on applications submitted by 15 January 2018 If you applied by 15th January and you’re still waiting, universities and colleges will decide whether they’re making an offer by 3rd May. If you… Read more »


Maximising your chances of getting offered a university place

Choose your course and institution carefully In the choices section of Apply (the UCAS application website) all your university/college choices (a maximum of five) are to be listed, but remember that you should not mix your subjects. For example, in popular subject areas such as English, History or Physiotherapy, it is safer to show total… Read more »


Delivering outstanding careers provision – Quantity, diversity, quality and context

Careers Leader

David Andrews and Tristram Hooley Why does good quality career support matter? We are learning about our careers all the time. The next time you stand up in front of a class, some students will be deciding that they want to be a teacher or a careers professional, while others will be deciding that this… Read more »


Making links with employers

The benefits of employer encounters have been clear for some time, yet this is one of the Gatsby benchmarks that schools tend to struggle with. According to State of the Nation 2017, only ‘37% of schools report that the overwhelming majority or all of their students have at least one meaningful encounter every year that… Read more »