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Central Futures Week

July 7th, 2015

Lawyers from Slaughter & May giving expert advice for UCAS personal statements

Last week the Central Futures team, a group of staff who are responsible for finding pathways for all pupils once they leave Central Foundation Boys’ School, held a week long series of workshops, forums and event sessions for Year 12s.


The week began with a two day series of workshops about employability presented by WYRD. The main workshop involved the students creating 15 one-minute movies that dealt with different aspects of employability, such as resilience, knowledge networking, business etiquette, interviewing and LinkedIn. It forced the pupils to consider the difference between school and work, and the different situations that may arise. Some of the videos will be entered into a national competition and 15 pupils will be attending the awards ceremony at the Google Hangout in Shoreditch on Monday 13th July.

While the first half of the week focussed on careers, the second half of week looked at universities. Former students, who now attend UCL and Bristol University came back to the school for a question & answer session, alongside an ex-student who found an apprenticeship through the Tech City Stars summer school. This was followed by a carousel programme about different opportunities like studying abroad, gap years, school leaver programmes and a look at courses that pupils may not know are available to them, such as Egyptology.

Later that day, admissions staff from Oxford, LSE and UCL hosted another question & answer session. This time the topic was about UCAS applications. Speaking from a wealth of knowledge, the three admissions staff gave an inside insight on what makes for a strong university application.

The pupils took this knowledge into Friday where they were joined by a number of lawyers from Slaughter & May, with whom the school regularly works. The lawyers worked with groups of two or three pupils and held a long, in-depth mentoring session on writing a personal statement for UCAS, tailored to each pupil. After working with the lawyers throughout the morning, they had to write a full draft by the end of the day and submit it to their mentor. They will then hear feedback and re-write the draft a week later based on continuing help from Slaughter & May.

The week of events ensured that every member of Year 12 was given the chance for an in-depth, considered opinion on the many routes of success open to them in a year’s time.

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