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What is Make Happen?

Make Happen has one big aim: to ensure every young person has the facts they need to make an informed decision about higher education and take control of their future.

We know teachers are one of the first people students go to for advice about their next steps. Make Happen is here to support you too. We provide handy resources for you to use in the classroom, as well as information for students and parents, to help young people at this pivotal time in their lives.

Teacher Resource Pack

Session plans to help your students to #makehappen

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Lesson Plan

Session plans to help your students to #makehappen

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Lesson Plan

Session plans to help your students to #makehappen

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  • How can I prepare my students in taking the next step to HE?

    There are plenty of things you can do to assist your students during this crucial time in their lives.

    By promoting self-reflection, you’ll encourage your students to consider their strengths and weaknesses, their likes and dislikes and their aspirations. All of this will enable them to start making confident decisions about their future.

    Ensure that they have access to the right resources (here is a good place to start!). This could include anything from ordering a prospectus to arranging a class visit to a local open day.

    Be aware of important deadlines and make sure that your students are working towards them. Preparation is key, and the application process can be long and at times stressful. By scheduling regular catch-ups, tutorials or workshops, you can make sure they stay on track, and they’ll feel supported, knowing that you’re there for them every step of the way.

    As their teacher, you may also be asked to provide their academic reference for their UCAS application, which you can learn more about here.

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  • A lot of my students ask, ‘But why should I go to University?’

    If the graduate vs non graduate salary stats don’t do the trick (grads can expect to earn more than £100,000 more than non-graduates over their lifetime), we’ve got a few ideas to help win over the sceptics.

    University is a very different experience to school or college. As well as working to get a degree, students will have the life-changing chance to meet new people, try their hand at different sports or activities, get involved in countless clubs and societies, gain work experience, and even study abroad. It all adds up to be one incredible transformative experience. 84% of first-year students recommend university to anyone considering it. Stats like that really speak for themselves.

    They’ll become independent, mature and confident adults, better prepared to take on the ‘real world’, bag themselves a great job (graduate employability is around 17% higher than that of non-graduates*), and make an impact on the world around them.

    It’s about helping them achieve their dreams – whether that’s to run their own business, travel the world, save lives, or own a sports car. A degree can help make this happen.

    It’s true, university isn’t for everyone, and there are many other routes students can take which lead to qualifications and employment. But we can’t say it enough – it’s vitally important students are given all of the facts, to enable them to make the right decision for them.

    We’ve compiled some more great resources here, to help you help them Make Happen.

    *Source: Https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/518681/glms-2015-supporting-data-and-syntax-headline.csv/preview

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  • How can I help my students with UCAS applications and personal statements?

    One of the best ways to help your students is to make sure they’re aware of (and sticking to) all of the dates and deadlines. Ensure they start preparing and researching early, and try to give them as much clear and impartial advice as possible to help them with their decision-making.

    Personal statements can be tricky. Your students may never have written about themselves in this way before, so it’s important to get them into the habits of self-reflection and thinking critically.

    When it comes to writing a personal statement, planning is vital. Make sure your students have a solid and well-structured plan which ticks all of the boxes. Past successful personal statements are especially useful and can provide examples of good structure and tone.

    It’s likely to take a few drafts before their personal statement is up to scratch, so offer feedback and constructive criticism throughout the process, and be their second pair of eyes – typos are a common no-no in personal statements.

    You might also be required to provide an academic reference for your students. Click here for more information about reference writing.

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Disability Guide

Higher education guidance for disabled students

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From Care to University

A guide to higher education for young people in care in Essex

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Pre 16 Guide

This is a student guide to university

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Parents’ Guide

A parent guide to university

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