Posted on November 30th 2021
Preparing For Future Studies With 'Harris Experience Advanced'
Year 11 students on the Harris Experience Advanced (HEA) programme met recently to discuss their educational futures - particularly the upcoming transition from Year 11 into Sixth Form study.
At the event, the HEA team advised students on their upcoming A-Level selections and how this can affect university degree subjects and future careers. Students also had an opportunity to hear both from members of the Sixth Form leadership team and from current sixth formers at HBAED.
Students also participated in an online workshop designed by the Philosophy Foundation. This was an exciting opportunity for our Year 11 students to engage with topics and skills in philosophy - helping them develop their independent research skills and formulate arguments.
For lunch, the students were joined by our Head of Sixth Form, Mr Connolly, and current Year 13 Harris Experience Advanced student, Halim. Halim, who studies Maths, Physics and IT, gave first hand examples of how the HEA programme has supported his Key Stage 5 experiences so far.
For Halim, this has included remote cross-site sessions with all HEA students from across the Harris Federation, which gave him the opportunity to interact and network with other likeminded young adults. Most recently he's benefited from bespoke support to help him redraft his UCAS personal statement, in order to target engineering degrees at some of most prestigious Russel Group universities.
“The HEA is another layer of support that we provide, through the Harris Federation, to support us in levelling up the social mobility that exists in our community," said Mr Connolly. "It builds on the great work we do to raise aspirations for all of our students.”
We finished the day with a presentation on study skills and how students can prepare for their GCSEs. It was such a productive day! Well done to our boys and everyone who took part in the event.