Thursday 10th December 2015 saw a lively WP Co-ordinators Meeting at the Hub where the group met the new REACH team and were given a chance to see the recently re-launched website.
There were opportunities to discuss the recent activities as well as hearing about new planned activities shortly to be featuring on the website. Kath Johnson (REACH Lead for CHE and Post 16) took us through the work she is currently doing with schools at their assemblies about raising awareness of alternative higher education choices.
Kath (CHE lead) also outlined a pilot project with Leicester College for a group of Level 2 Engineering students which, once it has been evaluated, would become a formula to use in any vocational area with the sample lesson plans and resources on the website.
Leanne (REACH Disability Lead) talked about her activities with schools to promote awareness of the importance of disclosing a disability and how young people can benefit from the support on offer if they see disclosure as a positive action. More work needs to be done in this area as it was recognised that many parents often complete forms on their behalf and may still feel anxious about disclosing. She went on to talk about her recent ‘train the trainer’ course which means she can now offer staff training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. Something which is very much on the Government Agenda with more and more young people suffering with a mental health issue. This was of great interest to the group as they all identified with the issues and felt it was something they could take advantage of once Leanne had arranged some dates.
Hazel (REACH Development Coordinator) spoke about the support REACH could offer in conjunction with Student Finance England- there is an event proposed for March 2016, further information on this will be available on the news pages in January. There was also a discussion on engaging those hard to reach Parents and canvassing support from the group about how to do this. The REACH team are keen to work with schools to look at supporting a Parent/family event and linking this to a survey to find out what support and information parents would feel useful when supporting their young people to make these choices.
The event was rounded off hearing from Dr Neil Raven about his research into areas such as non- participation by White Working class Boys, and A level Drop out in particular.
The event concluded with Christmas light refreshments and networking and plans being made for the New Year!
Please find the full presentation here Reach PPT for WP Co-ordinators meeting 10 12 15