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Coronavirus Update from Higher Horizons

While schools close, Higher Horizons will remain open online to support the teachers, parents and young people we work with.

Date Published 18th March 2020

Coronavirus Update from Higher Horizons

Updated: 20 March 2020

Higher Horizons is currently working to ensure the safety of its staff, and the schools, teachers, and students we work with. While schools are preparing to close, Higher Horizons will remain open online. Our priority is to support our schools and colleges.

Events and Activities

We have had to cancel many of our upcoming activities, but some school-based activities may go ahead, unless the school wishes to cancel. We will be in touch with all schools with upcoming bookings to ask what their situation is. If you would like to talk to us about your circumstances in the meantime, please contact your Higher Horizons Hub Officer or email ncop@keele.ac.uk

Some of the universities we work with are currently taking the decision to reduce the operations of their campuses. This means that upcoming campus-based activities are likely to be cancelled. We will be in touch to confirm with schools where this is the case.

Higher Horizons team members

The Higher Horizons team work across four different universities. Each university is responding to the pandemic in different ways. Many of the team are currently transitioning to home-working. We will all be working from home by Friday 20th March.

Supporting your School or College

Higher Horizons is working hard to make sure we can support schools and colleges during this time. We will provide support to learners and parents via our online Ask a Question facility. We have also prepared packs of resources that schools can distribute to learners once schools close. These resources will provide advice and guidance about university progression. We especially want to support Y12 and Y13 learners who may find their journeys to university disrupted by the cancellation of UCAS fair and Open Days

Resources for schools to send home

Y12/Y13 Next Steps to University. This booklet includes everything students need to know about progressing to university. It includes information on choosing a university and course, how student finance works, and UCAS applications. It also includes information on Open Days, Student Finance, Revision Tips, and a getting ready for university checklist. DOWNLOAD HERE.

Y8/Y9 It’s Your Choice. This booklet includes a guide to choosing GCSE options, and ideas of careers linked to different subject choices. DOWNLOAD HERE.

Y9-11 My Student Journey. This booklet explains every step of the educational journey, from high school to university. It includes information about post-16 options. DOWNLOAD HERE.

Y11-13 Revision Skills. This pack includes practical tips on how to get the most out of revision and maintain learning during school closures. It also includes two worksheets: a learning style quiz and a revision timetable template. DOWNLOAD HERE.

So that we can maintain some reporting to the Government around how we are supporting schools during this period, we ask that you and any learners accessing the resources complete a very brief online survey:

Teacherswww.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90222590/TEACHER-school-support-packs
Learners – www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90222598/LEARNER-school-support-packs

If you have any questions about how Higher Horizons can support your school please email us on ncop@keele.ac.uk

If you have any questions or want advice on our sessions you can get in touch.