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Step into Success


Raising aspirations for your future

We would like to invite your school and learners to participate in our exciting Step into Success programme.

Step into Success gives learners in years 5-11 the chance to access a great variety of activities, events and competitions, designed to instil a passion for learning and to raise their aspirations for the future.

Solent believes that every child with the ability to succeed should be able to take advantage of the benefits of higher education, whatever their social background. Step into Success is an important part of that, supporting the hard work of teachers and schools by giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to see the opportunities a university education can open up for them.

By participating, your learners will discover for themselves exactly what higher education is so that when the time comes, they can make an informed decision about their future.

We have activities available for our partner schools as well as non-partners - these are targeted towards specific key stages. The aim is to enable learners to integrate themes around careers, progression and higher education with the maths, science and English curriculum. We have on- and off-campus delivery options (subject to availability) which serve to demonstrate the links between education and future life choices.

In addition to the activities detailed below, the Step into Success team are happy to attend school parents' evenings, careers fairs and similar information events. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like a member of our team to attend.

Activities for your learners

Year 5

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartnerNon-partner - SouthamptonNon-partner - Hampshire / Portsmouth
Mini Movie Makers N/A Yes No No
Career Detectives N/A Yes No No
Wow Assembly N/A Yes Yes No

Activity descriptions

Mini Movie Makers
Working in collaboration with our in-house talent agency, Solent Creatives, we provide learners with drama workshops and opportunities to write and film their very own magazine-style show.
Time of year: Summer 2

Career Detectives
A 1-hour workshop exploring different career journeys, including an interactive game and discussions to spark inspiration.
Time of year: Summer 2

Wow Assembly
Delivered by a current Solent academic, our 20-minute Wow assemblies aim to provide your learners with a window to new subjects of study and areas of work they can aspire to.
Time of year: Autumn 2

Year 6

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner Non-partner - SouthamptonNon-partner - Hampshire / Portsmouth
Mini Movie Makers N/A Yes No No
Summer Passport N/A Yes No No
My Solent Story
(assembly)
N/A Yes Yes No
Introduction to University / Create Your Own University (full day) N/A Yes No No
Introduction to University / Create Your Own University (half day) N/A No Yes Yes
Wow Assembly N/A Yes Yes No

Activity descriptions

Mini Movie Makers
Working in collaboration with our in-house talent agency, Solent Creatives, we provide learners with drama workshops and opportunities to write and film their very own magazine-style show.
Time of year: Summer 2

Summer Passport
This project supports transition to secondary school, building confidence while preparing for the next step.
Time of year: Summer 2

My Solent Story
Delivered by a current Solent student, this 20-minute assembly aims to excite and enthuse learners and give them a taste of student life by a positive role model. It will chart one student's educational journey from transitioning to secondary school, to degree-level study, and beyond.
Time of year: Autumn 2

Campus visit: Introduction to University / Create Your Own University (full day)
A day at our East Park Terrace Campus where learners will take part in creative and interactive activities which introduces them to the concept of university and raises aspirations. The option of a bespoke session can be agreed prior.
Time of year: Summer 1 and 2

Campus visit: Introduction to University / Create Your Own University (half-day)
A half-day at our East Park Terrace Campus where learners will take part in creative and interactive activities which introduces them to the concept of university and raises aspirations.
Time of year: Summer 1 and 2

Wow Assembly
Delivered by a current Solent academic, our 20-minute Wow assemblies aim to provide your learners with a window to new subjects of study and areas of work they can aspire to.
Time of year: Autumn 2

Year 7

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner secondary schools - SouthamptonPartner secondary schools - Hampshire / PortsmouthNon-partner secondary schools - SouthamptonNon-partner secondary schools - Hampshire / Portsmouth
Introduction to University (assembly) 1 and 7 Yes Yes Yes No
Careers day / evening / fair attendance (stand) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes

Activity descriptions

Introduction to University (assembly)
A 20-minute assembly which introduces the concept of university and raises aspirations.
Time of year: Spring 2

Careers day / evening / fair attendance
Our stand is available to attend your careers event to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Year 8

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner secondary schools - SouthamptonPartner secondary schools - Hampshire / PortsmouthNon-partner secondary schools - SouthamptonNon-partner secondary schools - Hampshire / Portsmouth
My Solent Story (assembly) 1, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Making the Right Choice
(assembly)
1, 3 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Making the Right Choice
(workshop)
1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No No
Campus visit: Higher education choices (full day) 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Careers day / evening / fair attendance (stand) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Options evening (stand) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No No

Activity descriptions

My Solent Story (assembly)
Delivered by a current Solent student, this 20-minute assembly aims to excite and enthuse learners and give them a taste of student life by a positive role model. It will chart one student's career pathway from choosing GCSE options, to degree-level study, and beyond.
Time of year: Autumn 2

Making the right choice (assembly)
A 20-minute assembly which introduces the concept of Level 1 and 2 qualifications (bespoke to school programme) to support learners making informed choices during the options process.
Time of year: Autumn 2 and Spring 1

Making the Right Choice (workshop)
A 1-hour workshop which explores the concept of Level 1 and 2 qualifications (bespoke to school programme) to support learners making informed choices during the options process. Learners apply findings to case studies.
Time of year: Autumn 2 and Spring 1

Campus visit: Higher Education Choices (full day)
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where learners will visit a variety of academic schools exploring the options available at university.
Time of year: Summer 1

Careers day / evening / fair attendance
Our stand is available to attend your careers event to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Options evening
Our stand is available to attend your options evening to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Year 9

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner secondary schools - SouthamptonPartner secondary schools - Hampshire / PortsmouthNon-partner secondary schools - SouthamptonNon-partner secondary schools - Hampshire / Portsmouth

Presenting Your Future (workshop)

1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No No
Making the Right Choice
(assembly)
1, 3 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Making the Right Choice
(workshop)
1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No No
Campus visit: Higher education choices (full day) 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Careers day / evening / fair attendance (stand) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Options evening 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No No

Activity descriptions

Presenting Your Future
A two-hour workshop that enables learners to become familiar with routes to careers. This session encourages learners to investigate links to current study, explore levels, qualifications and labour market trends.
Time of year: Summer 1

Making the right choice (assembly)
A 20-minute assembly which introduces the concept of Level 1 and 2 qualifications (bespoke to school programme) to support learners making informed choices during the options process.
Time of year: Autumn 2 and Spring 1

Making the Right Choice (workshop)
A 1-hour workshop which explores the concept of Level 1 and 2 qualifications (bespoke to school programme) to support learners making informed choices during the options process. Learners apply findings to case studies.
Time of year: Autumn 2 and Spring 1

Campus visit: Higher Education Choices (full day)
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where learners will visit a variety of academic schools exploring the options available at university.
Time of year: Summer 1

Careers day / evening / fair attendance
Our stand is available to attend your careers event to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Options evening
Our stand is available to attend your options evening to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Year 10

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner secondary schools - SouthamptonPartner secondary schools - Hampshire / PortsmouthNon-partner secondary schools - SouthamptonNon-partner secondary schools - Hampshire / Portsmouth
Why GCSEs Matter (assembly) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Exam Preparation and Revision Skills (workshop) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No No
Cha-Ching (workshop) 1, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Be the Boss (workshop) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No No
Campus visit: Step into Solent / Building Resilience 1, 3 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Careers day / evening / fair attendance (stand) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mock interviews panel support 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 Yes No No No
Parent / carer evening attendance (stand) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Parent / carer talk 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes No

Activity descriptions

Why GCSEs Matter
A 20-minute assembly which highlights the importance of obtaining good GCSE results and progression pathways beyond GCSE exams.
Time of year: Autumn 1 and 2

Exam Preparation and Revision Skills
A two-hour workshop that supports learners in managing revision, applying exam techniques and using research skills.
Time of year: Autumn 2 and Spring 1

Cha-Ching
A one-hour interactive technology-based game enabling learners to develop an awareness of the financial support available at university and understand and explore budgeting techniques.
Time of year: Spring 1

Be The Boss
A two-hour workshop where learners familiarise themselves with employability skills, the importance of a CV, and take part in personal skills action planning. 
Time of year: Spring 2

Campus visit: Step into Solent / Building Resilience
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where learners will be introduced to the concept of resilience and how to apply it during challenging times.
Time of year: Summer 1 and 2

Careers day / evening / fair attendance
Our stand is available to attend your careers event to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Mock interview panel support
Available to attend your mock interview event to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Parents / carers evening attendance
Our stand is available to attend your parents / carers evening providing information to support learners' career pathways and progression to higher education.
Time of year: All year

Parents / carers talk
A bespoke 45-minute talk providing parents / carers with information to support learners' career pathways and progression to higher education.
Time of year: All year

Year 11

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner secondary schools - SouthamptonPartner secondary schools - Hampshire / PortsmouthNon-partner secondary schools - SouthamptonNon-partner secondary schools - Hampshire / Portsmouth
Exam Preparation and Revision (workshop) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No No
Campus visit: GCSE maths revision day 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Careers day / evening / fair attendance
(stand)
1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mock interviews panel support 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 Yes No No No
Parent / carer evening attendance (stand) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No No
Parent / carer talk 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes Yes No

Activity descriptions

Exam Preparation and Revision Skills
A two-hour workshop that supports learners in managing their learning, developing research skills, and working and presenting in groups.
Time of year: Autumn 1 and Autumn 2

Campus visit: GCSE Maths Revision Day
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where learners will work with specialist teachers to prepare for GCSE Maths exams (generic content across all exam boards for calculator and non-calculator papers).
Time of year: Easter holiday

Careers day / evening / fair attendance
Our stand is available to attend your careers event to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Mock interview panel support
Available to attend your mock interview event to support learners in making informed choices about their career pathways.
Time of year: All year

Parents / carers evening attendance
Our stand is available to attend your parents / carers evening providing information to support learners' career pathways and progression to higher education.
Time of year: All year

Parents / carers talk
A bespoke 45-minute talk providing parents / carers with information to support learners' career pathways and progression to higher education.
Time of year: All year

Year 12

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner collegesNon-partner colleges - Hampshire / PortsmouthNon-partner colleges - London
Cha-Ching 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No
Project: IAG Mentoring (3x 1-hour sessions) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 Yes No Yes
Workshop: Finding Your Future - Benefits of HE / Application Process (Overview) 1, 3 and 7 Yes Yes Yes
Workshop: Finding Your Future - Benefits of HE / Application Process (Detailed) 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No Yes
Campus visit: Solent Sport Experience 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No Yes
Campus visit: GCSE Maths Retake Revision Day 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No
Campus visit: Residential 1, 3, 7 and 8 Yes No Yes
Parent / carer talk 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No

Activity descriptions

Cha-Ching
A one-hour interactive technology-based game enabling learners to develop an awareness of the financial support available at university while exploring different budgeting techniques.
Time of year: Spring 1 and 2

IAG Mentoring
Working with a small cohort of learners over a sustained period (six months), our CEIAG qualified staff (Level 6) will provide one-to-one mentoring surrounding making the next steps to higher education. Our student ambassadors will support activities talking about their experience from a role model's perspective.
Time of year: March to September

Assembly: Finding Your Future (Benefits of HE/Application Process Overview)
A 30-minute assembly providing an overview of the benefits of higher education, what university is like and how to take the first steps towards application. The session also details the support services at the University.
Time of year: All year

Workshop: Finding your Future (Benefits of HE/Application Process Detailed)
A bespoke 45-minute interactive workshop providing an overview of the benefits of higher education, what university is like and how to take the first steps towards application.
Time of year: Spring 1 and Spring 2

Campus visit: Solent Sport Experience
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where learners take part in a sports academic taster session and experience the competitive spirit of a Varsity fixture and activities of the Students' Union.
Time of year: Spring 2

Campus visit: GCSE Maths Retake Revision Day
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where learners will work with specialist teachers to prepare for GCSE Maths retake exams (generic content across all exam boards for calculator and non-calculator papers).
Time of year: Easter holiday

Campus visit: Residential
A two-day (one overnight) visit to our East Park Terrace campus where learners will explore the campus, attend taster lectures, experience aspects of student life and gain enhanced knowledge surrounding the UCAS application process. Our student ambassadors/Students' Union will support activities talking about their experience from a role model's perspective.
Time of year: Summer 2

Parents / carers talk
A bespoke 45-minute talk providing parents / carers with information to support learners' career pathways and progression to higher education.
Time of year: All year

Year 13

ActivityGatsby benchmark supportedPartner collegesNon-partner colleges - Hampshire / PortsmouthNon-partner colleges - London
Campus visit: Arts Portfolio Preparation Day 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes No No
Campus visit: Transition Day (pre-application) 1, 3 and 7 Yes Yes Yes
Campus visit: Transition Day (post-application) 1, 3 and 7 Yes No No
Parent / carer talk 1, 3, 4 and 7 Yes Yes No

Activity descriptions

Campus visit: Arts Portfolio Preparation Day
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where students will gain an understanding of how to develop an arts portfolio to support their application.
Time of year: Autumn 2

Campus visit: Transition Day (pre-application)
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where learners will learn about the UCAS application process and how to make the next step to higher education. Our student ambassadors will talk about their experience from a role model's perspective.
Time of year: October half term

Campus visit: Transition Day (post-application)
A day at our East Park Terrace campus where Solent applicants will develop resilience skills and knowledge of the University's services (including the Student Hub) ahead of enrolment. Our student ambassadors/ Students' Union will support activities and talk about their experience from a role model's perspective.
Time of year: Summer 2

Parents / carers talk
A bespoke 45-minute talk providing parents / carers with information to support learners' career pathways and progression to higher education.
Time of year: All year

Other activities

ActivityGatsby benchmark supported
Campus visit: Looked After / Vulnerable Children - Year 12/13 (half day) 1, 3 and 7
Campus visit: Looked After / Vulnerable Children - Year 6 (full day) N/A
Campus visit: Looked After / Vulnerable Children - Year 10 (full day) 1, 3 and 7
Community Higher Education Talk x 6 N/A
Community Pop-Up University x 6 N/A
CPD: Teachers / Careers Advisers / Foster Carers / Local Authorities / Governors / Virtual Schools and Colleges / Community Groups N/A

Activity descriptions

Campus visit: Looked After/Vulnerable Children - Year 12/13 (half day)
In partnership with virtual colleges learners will visit our East Park Terrace campus and in small groups will learn about the UCAS application process, student life and the support services available.
Time available: Autumn 2

Campus visit: Looked After/Vulnerable Children - Year 10 (full day)
In partnership with virtual schools, alternative provisions and special schools, learners will visit our East Park Terrace campus and working in small groups will explore our academic schools and the options available at university.
Time available: Autumn 2

Campus visit: Looked After/Vulnerable Children - Year 6 (full day)
In partnership with virtual schools, alternative provisions and special schools, learners and parents/carers will visit our East Park Terrace campus and working in small groups will take part in creative and interactive activities which introduces them to the concept of university and raises aspirations.
Time available: Autumn 2

Community Higher Education talk x 6
A bespoke 45-minute talk in a community setting providing parents/carers/adult learners with information to support progress to higher education.
Time available: Autumn 1, Spring 1 and Spring 2

Community Pop-Up University x 2
The University visits a community setting for a fun, interactive day featuring practical demonstrations, careers advice and information about higher education.
Time available: Easter holiday and May half term

CPD: Teachers/Careers Advisers/Foster Carers/Local Authorities/Governors/Virtual Schools and Colleges/Community Groups
Bespoke CPD for professionals who support disadvantaged learners entering higher education. A variety of content can be covered including how our student services team can support learners. This can be hosted at your venue or at the University.
Time available: all year

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