Activities for Year 7 – Post 16

Inspiring the Future volunteers can share their insights with all year groups, from Year 7 to Post 16, in school or virtually. This page provides suggestions about what works well with different year groups from schools across the country. Remember, it’s teacher-led so you can tailor any of the below activities to fit your students’ needs and interests. The best activities need a six to eight week lead time to invite volunteers successfully.

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Year 7: At this age it is good to expose students to a wide range of careers possible so they can narrow down their interests as they go through school. Activities can include:

  • Career Speed Networking
  • What’s My Line assemblies to guess volunteer jobs
  • Assembly or classroom talks

Year 8: Continue broadening horizons and challenging stereotypes through activities such as:

  • Career talks from volunteers
  • Career Speed Networking
  • Apprenticeship volunteer talks to introduce this pathway

Year 9: Volunteer insight sessions can help with inspiration and option choices via activities like:

  • Careers Fairs
  • GCSE options choices
  • Volunteer talks at option or parents evenings
  • Career talks and workshops in the classroom

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Year 10: Help to motivate and prepare students for exams and work experience via:

  • Mock Interview and CV workshop sessions
  • Employablility skills workshops
  • Pathway and Sector insight talks
  • Speed networking to continue broadening horizons

Year 11: Activities at this age can help with motivation and destination choices post 16. Examples include:

  • Careers Fairs
  • Sector focused insight talks
  • Pathway focused insight talks from volunteers who did apprenticeships, started their own business or went to HE.

Post 16: Bring in volunteers and employers to help prepare students for next steps as well as motivating for exams. Ideas include:

  • Application and interview workshops
  • Sector insight talks
  • Workplace visits
  • Job shadowing

Remember, you can plan a wide range of activities to take place virtually. Find out how.

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