What a School/College Should Do?
As part of any school or college's committment to lifelong learning it ought to have in place a programme of support for all students who are applying, or considering applying for higher education.
- As a parent or carer you are fully entitled to ask the school what level of support it is able to offer your child.
From 2013–14 the government has proposed that school/college league tables may include informaton on university progression rates. This support should include many or all of the following:
- A library of resources, including university prospectuses and UCAS publications.
- A trip to a university Open Day and to allow students to visit a number of universities if timetable allows – or encourage weekend/holiday visits.
- A visit to a UCAS higher education convention with information stands for many or all universities.
- Talks by representatives of one or more universities on general issues.
- A series of sessions giving advice about the UCAS process, with training in how to use the on-line application resources.
- Access to initiatives and activities such as Widening Participation/Outreach, Gifted and Talented, Master Classes and Subject Conferences hosted and organised by universities.
- A member of staff responsible for all this and available to provide assistance to both student and parents.
- Impartial advice based on the 21st century higher education scene without prejudice or outdated views on certain types of course or university.
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