Principal’s Blog 24th November 2017 – The Importance of Decision Making

What is the biggest decision you have ever made?
What is the best decision you have ever made?

Making good decisions is one of the most important skills in life. Sometimes just knowing that you have a decision to make and not simply drifting along with the crowd can be a challenge in itself.

I still recall advice from a Head of 6th Form about her 6 steps to decision making and it still rings true today

  1. Identify the decision to be made and the outcome you want from it?
  2. Gather all of the information you can on the options available. Keep linking them back to your values and long term goals?
  3. List the pros and cons.
  4. Ask for advice from people who you respect and value the judgement of
  5. Make your decision

Options at Post 16

As well as Year 11 being busy preparing for their PPEs and completing controlled assessments they are also considering pathways at post 16. Over 80% attended our Sixth Form Open Evening, alongside well over 200 external applicants.

For parents/carers who also attended the Options at Post 16 Evening in May, you will be familiar with the three options students have at the end of Year 11.  

1) Full time education– this could be Sixth Form or College

2) Apprenticeship

3) Employment training or Part time Education plus being employed/self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

This is a big decision and it is incredibly important that students have all the information in order to make informed decisions. Some of the actions the students should be taking in order to help with this process are:

  • Visiting sixth form and college open evenings, making sure they know what different organisations offer and to get a feel for the places.
  • If they are joining our sixth form; speaking to subject staff about whether the subject suits them and finding out more about the course.
  • Researching where they might head at Post 18 to ensure the options they choose support this.
  • Researching Apprenticeships. These are available through colleges, for example Milton Keynes College offers a range of apprenticeships. Or through different employers, which can be found through searching individual websites or looking at the Governments data base, using the following web link https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
  • Making applications to a range of destinations, to ensure they have a first choice and at least one back up option which has a lower entry requirement than their first choice.
  • Ensure they are aware of deadlines for applications and are meeting these.

The Year 11s are currently working with their tutors on researching these options and making the necessary applications and will help prepare them for interviews. We have had numerous students spend either a day in sixth form or attend specific subject lessons to have a better understanding of the subjects they are potentially choosing. All our students will also have a pathways interview to support them further with their choice and any support required for making their different applications. Our aim is to ensure all our students find the right course and place for them and their future career pathway.

If students would like any assistance or further support with this, they should speak with their tutor, who will to book an appointment  with myself for further support with this.

Mrs Mayles
Director of Post 16