Workshops and Masterclasses

Workshops and Masterclasses

BOOK WORKSHOPS and MASTERCLASSES

Personal Statement WorkshopThis popular activity is aimed at younger students, who are given the task of creating a fictional character which they will take on a journey through school, further education, University and the working world.  Students will be given a description of their student, including their background and interests and they will develop a progression route from GCSE, through to Further and Higher Education, using a range of literature and guidelines, eventually following their student through into a career of their choice. At the end of the session, students will present their characters’ journey and explain decisions taken at various stages of their educational life. Maximum of 30 students.

National Curriculum Aims

  • Encourages students to debate, weigh evidence and make reasoned arguments
  • Equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to make choices and decisions within education
  • Allows students to present reasoned arguments and take informed action

Dynamic Dialogue is designed to develop students’ presentation and public speaking skills alongside raising their confidence and attainment. The workshop not only prepares students for the presentations they may have to give at university but is also valuable to those wishing to go straight into the working world. Maximum of 30 students, the school must provide a large room for this event if delivered at their institution.

National Curriculum Aims

  • Students can develop the ability to communicate their ideas and emotions to others
  • Students can develop a strong command of the spoken word and the art of presenting
  • Develops skills in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

Designed to give students a lecture and seminar type experience, the Ethical Debate covers topics relevant to a variety of subjects, for example politics and global governance, religion, philosophy and ethics, and biosciences. The session can be delivered either as a half-day taster, or as a full day event. Students will partake in an introduction to ethics lecture, and then enjoy an interactive seminar that culminates in a lively ethical debate on a contemporary issue.  Maximum 40 students.

National Curriculum Aims

  • Allows students to present reasoned arguments and take informed action
  • Students will develop their skills in research, interrogate evidence and debate and evaluate viewpoints
  • Equips students with the ability to debate critically and debate political/ethical/social/moral questions
  • Develops skills in the art of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

Supporting students in the autumn term, we offer either a presentation or a dedicated interactive workshop aimed at improving students' personal statement writing skills. The talk includes techniques in profile raising and standing out from the crowd, examples of good and poor personal statements, and an insight into what admission tutors may be looking for in an applicant. An accompanying workbook for students and staff is available with this talk. Maximum 50 students

Aimed at younger years, (y8-10) over 6 x 45 minute sessions we’ll cover study skills and explore areas such as learning styles, time management, goal setting, revision and exam planning. The sessions are mostly interactive and each student taking part will be given a booklet of information for reference. This project is delivered by a current Ambassador. 5 groups of 6 students.

This project is designed for Year 7 students who have a literacy skills gap and have found the transition difficult. To enable them to fully embrace their academic studies and realise their full potential, this programme is offered from January onwards, once a cohort of suitable students have been identified by the school, and will last for one academic term. Those taking part will be tutored in a range of topics designed to improve their grammar, reading and spelling, ultimately fostering a more confident approach to English.

National Curriculum Aims:

  • Read critically through studying setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of those
  • Re-read books encountered earlier to increase familiarity with them and provide a basis for making comparisons
  • Making critical comparisons across texts

The Beowulf project is aimed at year 8 students but can be adapted for other student groups. After an initial overview of the time and landscape, students unpack the text of three fight scenes with the help of current student ambassadors. The activity encourages students to develop their skills in analysing a text. A short quiz consolidates the learning!

Delivered in school for approximately 1 ½ hours for 30 students.

National Curriculum Aims:

  • Reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction including in particular whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors.
  • Summarising and organising material, and supporting ideas and arguments with any necessary factual detail
  • Discussing reading, writing, and spoken language with precise and confident use of linguistic and literary terminology

A Degree in a Day’ is an attainment raising workshop that combines cross-curricular learning, with an insight into student life- focussing entirely on the academic side of an undergraduate degree. This workshop is structured to show students the different ways that you are able to learn during your degree. Students will have a brief lecture, a seminar, and a research focussed library session which will culminate in an assessment-type presentation.

National Curriculum Aims:

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how a university works
  • Develop a strong command of the spoken word and the art of presenting
  • To encourage digital literacy and to communicate ideas creatively
  • Develop skills in research and project management 

"Today on the trip I have changed my opinion of universities for the better. I know what choices university life involves, living options and the amount of money it costs."

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Last edited: 15/12/2018 04:26:00