Our focus for 2020/21
We are currently focussing our resources on supporting students who have experience of the care system: one of the most under-represented groups of students in higher education.
Starting university can be daunting for anyone, but we know that students that have experienced the care system face additional challenges, and are less likely to have support from family and friends.
Our one-to-one coaching programme helps empower care-experienced students to successfully transition into higher education, preparing them for starting their course and supporting them during the first few months.
What do our programmes look like?
All our programmes support students to connect to their future possible self, and to use this connection to build motivation and self-efficacy. We work with students to help them make informed decisions about what they would like to do in the future, and determine what next steps they would like to take. Each coaching programme falls across four key stages, and the time we spend in each stage is always determined by the needs and pace of the individual.
The first session is a discovery session. We work with students to explore their personal values and strengths, and look at long and medium-term goals. We use tools to capture where students are at the beginning of their coaching journey which can then be reflected on in the final session
Reflect sessions focus on students’ strengths, what they have achieved already and what they could achieve in the future based on the resources they already have. Using the Discover session as our catalyst for thought, Reflect sessions support individuals in more depth and focus on: personal strengths, limiting beliefs, shaping experiences and their own resources.
Develop sessions help build our students’ confidence and move them closer to empowerment through a raised knowledge of what they can practically do. In these sessions we focus on the following areas and share effective tools that students can take forward after the programme has ended. These areas include: goal setting, self-motivation, building resilience, purposeful planning.
The topics and goals will depend on the individual students and which programme they are on:
Future Focus: Long-term goals of what students would like to be in the future
Transition: How to prepare and adapt to University life
Disengaged students: Identifying current blockers, and how to overcome them
Review sessions are a chance for our students to look back on the coaching programme steps they’ve already taken, what they’ve learnt about themselves and how their learning will benefit them going forward. We review what they have already achieved, acknowledge what they have learnt about themselves and determine the high-level actions that they will commit to for the year ahead and beyond.
Our coaching programmes
Our future focused coaching programme supports post-16 students, and students currently studying in HE, to explore what their next steps should be.
Students who work through our programme can expect the following outcomes:
Identify the future they want
Be able to identify and articulate what their desired future 'possible self' is
Feel connected to that future
Feel deeply connected to their future 'possible self'
Develop increased levels of self-efficacy and internal locus of control
Devise a personalised roadmap to becoming their desired future 'possible self'