Any transition can bring out a range of emotions including apprehension, excitement and panic, so here at Manchester Academy we have focused on ensuring the Year 9 pupils receive all the help and support they need to make the process as smooth as possible.
Discussions focused around students “dream job” and what they need to do to realise this aspiration, along with thinking about a back-up option. The importance of taking part in extra-curricular activities and developing “soft skills” to improve employability and success in the college admissions process was flagged up, as was the need for good attendance, punctuality and conduct.
The interviews ended with the development of a 10-year plan, mapping out the Year 9 students’ transition from school, through college, apprenticeship and university into employment. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with the students commenting on how useful they found the interviews.
The individual guidance interviews were supported during the entire week by The Manchester College’s Sophie Threlfall and colleagues.