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Students need to play to their strengths for success in the classroom – and in the brave, new workplace

We all recognise that the world of work is changing fast, and one of the most sought-after skills is being able to work flexibly with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. This month’s guest blog is by Victoria Bird of team performance specialists, Belbin...

Neuro-diversity – what does the future hold for your child?

If you child has been identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) helping your teen to get work experience or into full time work can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge, but it needn’t be. We asked Katie Smith, Partnership and Innovation Manager...

Why your child should consider an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering

Adam Bytheway is a mechanical technician at Chemoxy International, one of Europe's leading chemical contract manufacturers. He was able to train and qualify for his role through an engineering apprenticeship with the company. Here, he takes a look at why an...

Choosing Between Sixth Form and College

In the previous article I talked about the perils of marketing hype in relation to career decisions.  Much of the "information" that is put before young people is actually advertising in support of a particular post-school option. This may not be that obvious on a...

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Work Shadowing Opportunity for Disabled Young People

Would your disabled daughter or son be interested in a work shadow opportunity? Community Service Volunteers (CSV) are looking for young people with disabilities to take part in their new work shadow project. This programme is supported by the Office for Disability...

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What does a Town Planner do?

Town planners are involved in shaping our towns, cities and rural areas. They prepare long-term plans, make proposals for new developments and examine the proposals of others. The work of a town planner may include: visiting sites to assess the effects of developments...

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What does a Radiographer do?

There are two types of radiographer. Diagnostic radiographers deal with patients with a variety of injuries and illnesses. They assess patients' needs before using a range of sophisticated equipment to produce images to diagnose the injury or disease. Therapeutic...

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What if I get a D or E grade in Core GCSE Subjects?

Some young people might not ask that question but their parents probably will!   What does “core subject” mean? This is one of those questions where it depends who you ask. The basic idea is that there are certain subjects that are so important that they are...

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Changes to A Levels and AS Levels from 2015

The government and Ofqual have announced major changes to A levels and AS levels in England mostly beginning in September 2015. The key changes to A levels: Since 2014, there has no longer been a January assessment window. This change applies to current A levels as...

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UCAS personal statement advice

A group of careers advisers and admissions tutors were asked for their key tips for writing the personal statement. This is what they said: “ urge BTEC students to be very specific about their non-core units and grades. Some universities will differentiate between...

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What do Ecologists do?

Ecologists study the complex and delicate relationships between animals, plants, people and their physical surroundings, commonly referred to as an ecosystem or the environment. They carry out a wide range of tasks relating to their specialist area of knowledge, for...

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Great Personal Development Opportunity for Teenagers

To stop your teenager from saying ''I'm bored!'' this October  half-term, why not send them on a one week course (including a three-night activity trip away) and 30 hours voluntary work in the community?  This great new programme is part of the National Citizen...

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