Following the successes of the two WhoAsksUs projects at Holbrook Academy and Stoke High School I have worked with Paul Press, Offshoot Foundation on a third project with Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill with 15 year 9 students.
The Samuel Ward Academy WhoAsksUs students set up 4 focus groups to look at workable solutions for the issues below.
1. The stresses of young people leading up to and exam taking.
This focus group conducted a survey within their School the results of which are outlined in their film.
2. Career guidance and business opportunities.
This focus group researched the benefits of following a University pathway – is University the way forward for everyone. This group conducted a debate with 6th form students the results of which are shown in their film and made visits to both Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge Universities.
3. Communication with businesses.
This focus group looked at different ways schools and businesses could communicate. By visiting different companies students learned what skills businesses require in order for them to make them more employable. The companies visited were asked to set a challenge for the students which they will present at their film screening event.
The 4 challenges were:
Adams Harrison Solicitors – design an advertisement to go into the local paper.
Herberts Group – How can the company improve their offering for the next generation of shoppers; what does good customer service look like; what skills should the company be looking forward in new recruits; Are your generation equipped to rise to the challenge of employment in a service orientated environment and why?
St Edmundsbury BC – To redesign the youth page on the Borough Council’s main website
Barclays Bank – How do you think the Bank can help upskill their staff and support their customers with their digital proposition – bearin in mind the pace which the world and Banking is changing?
The film screening evening was held on Wednesday 5 March at Samuel Ward Academy.
Take a look at their film below.