The RAU is pleased to be hosting the first School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) Conference on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.
Inspiring students at Nova Hreod Academy
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) together with education specialists Applied Inspiration delivered a range of aspirational activities to students at Swindon’s Nova Hreod Academy, ensuring they were confident about the future and knew of the options available after school.
Sessions were held with Year 8 and 10 students over the course of a day, part of a sustained programme of engagement between the Academy and RAU. The partnership was designed to inform aspirations, raise achievement, and improve access to higher education.
Activities with Year 8 centred around the skills for success, and encouraged students to consider the skills and qualities they believed were important, as well as the skills that would assist them in being successful in their future aspirations. Students wrote reflective letters to themselves, which were placed in sealed envelopes to be opened and read in two years’ time.
A Year 8 student said: “I really enjoyed this session – it was lots of fun. The ambassadors were great idols and were funny.”
Year 10 were challenged to address the myths associated with higher education, including student finance. Students worked together with RAU student ambassadors to assess their own skills, education, values, and goals to craft personal pitches ready for use in future college, university, or job interviews.
One Year 10 student said: “This is my second RAU visit and it was as good as before.”
Another Year 10 student commented: “This was very interesting and helped me have resilience in myself, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
The activities are part of a local schools’ partnership initiative, being delivered across the region by the Royal Agricultural University together with Applied Inspiration. This partnership programme is focused on building effective relationships between schools and the University, which aim to raise and promote aspiration, awareness, achievement, affordability, and access to higher education for all our local young people.