18.12.19 | Blog

Take the Lead Project

Day 8 of #12AspireDaysOfChristmas2019

Throughout December, the Aspire to HE team will be highlighting some of their favourite events and programmes from 2019 in the #12AspireDaysOfChristmas2019

Bloxwich Academy Take the Lead project, chosen by Tom our Progression Officer.

Take the Lead is a student-voice project that gave a selected group of students the opportunity to develop, deliver, and evaluate an event that would increase awareness of higher education in school.

Why have you chosen the Take the Lead project as your favourite Aspire to HE event of 2019?

Tom: I have chosen the Take the Lead project because it was great to give students the opportunity to take control of an activity that would increase not only their own knowledge of higher education, but also their fellow students.

We asked them to develop proposals, and pitch their proposed activities to a panel of judges. It was clear to me that the students took this very seriously, and valued the opportunity to be involved in the process, and school life.

What was your highlight of the Take the Lead project?

Tom: My highlight of the project was seeing the idea of the winning team come to life, to see them develop new skills, and engage with the wider school community outside the classroom.

Bloxwich Academy Take the Lead Project

Take the Lead is a student-voice project, delivered at Bloxwich Academy for their year 12 students. The project gave a selected group of students the opportunity to develop, deliver, and evaluate an event that would increase awareness of higher education in school.

Students were challenged to create a ‘pitch’ that they would present to a panel of judges for the opportunity to spend the £500 budget, on an event or activity of their choosing. They were instructed that the event needed to have an overall aim to increase awareness of higher education for fellow students in school, to allow them to make an informed and ambitious decision about their future.

The winning team, ‘Desire to Aspire’, delivered an engaging pitch, which was well researched and planned out. They started by identifying what they feel is a barrier to higher education in their school:

“As a group, we feel as though sixth form has the need for a wider knowledge on university, jobs, and apprenticeships. We do know the basics, but could do with more, we are worried.”

As a solution, the students pitched a careers event to be held in school, which they would invite universities and employers to attend, alongside fundraising activities that they would deliver themselves. The team were able to successfully deliver their event, which was attended by 20 different universities and 7 local employers; they also raised £450 for Children In Need. After the project, students had an increase in confidence, with one including the experience in her personal statement.