School pupils experience land-based courses at the RAU, as part of the School Farms Network initiative
The RAU visited Year 10 students on 28 November, as part of the School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) partnership.
The university application process can be a daunting experience for many students, which is why the Royal Agricultural University ran workshops for sixth form students in Liverpool and Kent throughout November.
The sessions aimed to improve their awareness and increase access to higher education, and address the gap between student perceptions of higher education and the reality of student life.
The regional events took place as part of the Royal Agricultural University’s strategic partnership with the School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA), delivered by education specialists Applied Inspiration in partnership with the RAU and the national School Farms Network (SFN).
Through the Uni Mentor Programme, Year 12 and Year 13 students studying land-based subjects at Bebington High Sports College, Brockhill Performing Arts College, Homewood Sixth Form Centre, and St Michael’s CE High School were empowered to explore their skills for and pathways to university, and understand the details of student finance and budgeting through interactive scenarios.
One Year 12 student from St Michael’s CE High School said: “I have learned that there are a wide variety of courses at university, so it’s possible for everyone to achieve if you work hard.” Another student said: “I now know that university is financially viable for me.”
Sixth form students at Brockhill Performing Arts College and St Michael’s CE High School also took part in an interactive livestock trading activity inspired by real-life farm management, and agriculture and business courses at the RAU. This team-based activity brought real-world agriculture scenarios into the classroom and provided students with a taste of university study.
Donna Ashlee, Assistant Principal at Brockhill Performing Arts College, said: “I love the way that you relate everything to the real world. This really helps.”
These activities form part of the Royal Agricultural University’s outreach and engagement programme, which is committed to providing greater access to higher education opportunities to all students. Working with education specialists Applied Inspiration, the RAU has developed an outreach programme with a wide range of activities, designed to raise aspirations and breakdown barriers to higher education. The RAU is delighted to be working with more schools as part of the School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA).