Make the Grade - Case Studies

Extra Motorway Services Challenge

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Business volunteers from Extra Motorway Services and their partner businesses help Garforth Academy's sixth form understand what it takes to plan and pitch a build proposal to industry experts and the impact developments have on communities.

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Workplace visit to Birmingham Airport

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30 male pupils from Year 6 were selected to meet and work with positive working role models from Birmingham Airport to help them expand their understanding of the various industries and roles out there in the world of work.

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Workplace visit to Freeths Birmingham

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Year 10 students from King Edward VI Aston School were invited for an interactive workplace visit at Freeths to find out about key skills for success.

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Hammerson Seasonal Spaces Challenge

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Hammerson help Leeds students understand more about the world of retail with an interactive challenge at their brand new development in the city centre.

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Calbee Healthy Snack Challenge

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Pupils at two primary schools in East Leeds learned about the importance of understanding what we eat and how to take a product to market with the help of global snack manufacturer Calbee.

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Transpennine Express Scheduling Challenge

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Major train operator, Transpennine Express, help Year 10 students apply their learning from GCSE Maths to a real life scenario and understand how their learning from the classroom can be applied to the real world.

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Linked Curriculum Workshop & Visit with Zenith

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The UK's leading independent leasing, vehicle outsourcing and fleet management provider work with GCSE Business Studies students to open their eyes to the possibilities of their learning.

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Northern Gas Networks Primary Challenge

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By challenging primary school pupils to work together to communicate their key safety messages, Northern Gas Networks help young people to be more aware of the dangers of gas while developing communication, teamwork and presentation skills.

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Imagile Group School Sponsorship

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By sponsoring in four schools' bespoke Make the Grade programmes Imagile Group are having a huge, sustainable impact on the future success of the students they already invest in.

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Paradise Birmingham Urban Regeneration Challenge

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With the help and advice of industry experts, Year 9 students from two schools in Birmingham were asked to plan a brand new development for the city.

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DWF 5 STAR Futures

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Volunteer coaches from UK law firm DWF's Leeds office help students from Swallow Hill Community College aim higher with their six month mentoring programme.

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Pinsent Masons Debating Challenge

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International law firm Pinsent Masons joined up with Ahead Partnership and regional businesses to host a debating tournament for students from schools around Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale.

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Workplace Visit to Siemens Leeds

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Year 9 students from Leeds East Academy were invited for an interactive workplace visit at Siemens Mechanical Drives to find out about key skills for success.

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STEM for Girls

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Female students from eight schools in the West Midlands attended the second STEM for Girls Day at the Signing Tree Conference Centre.

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Try a Job Day

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200 students got an interactive day of activities from a variety of Birmingham businesses - helping them to find out more about the world of work and how they can enter the jobs market in their region.

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Canon Camera Campaign Challenge

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Students from two schools in Surrey were challenged to think creatively to design an advertising campaign targeted at encouraging ‘Gen-Z’ to use cameras.

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Girls Can Do It Too from Land Securities

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40 female students were set a challenge by property management company Land Securities to inspire young women to explore careers in construction.

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Plusnet Online Safety Challenge

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Young people from three primary schools in South Yorkshire got an opportunity to hone their creativity and teamwork skills with a unique challenge from Plusnet.

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Northern Gas Networks' Outstanding Young Presenter Awards

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Northern Gas Networks open their Outstanding Presenter competition up to Leeds students for the third year running.

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STEM Day at Whitcliffe Mount School

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Year 8 students at Whitcliffe Mount got a better insight into how Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths can lead to careers with an interactive day designed just for them.

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Roles in Health Day at The Co-operative Academy Leeds

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BTEC Health & Social Care students got an in-depth look at roles and responsibilities in healthcare to give them a better understanding of how they can apply their learning in the future in the Leeds City Region.

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Made in Oxford

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Young people from three schools in Oxford got an opportunity to hone their business and enterprise skills with a unique challenge from the brand-new Westgate Oxford shopping centre.

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Inspirational Women's Panel at John Smeaton Academy

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This special event gave pupil premium students an opportunity to meet a number of successful women from a range of backgrounds and industries.

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Interview Practice at Wakefield College

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900 students from Wakefield College got an opportunity to hone their interview skills with help from over 50 local business volunteers at the college’s city and Castleford campuses.

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Leeds City College Engineering Brief with Arup & Carillion

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BTEC Engineering students from Leeds City College attended sessions at multinational construction firm Carillion's offices and were set a real life brief to design and engineer a weakened bridge at Leeds General Infirmary.

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#GirlTechLCR

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160 students from schools in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale were invited to #GirlTechLCR - the very first 'tech for girls' event in the region aimed at better educating young women about career paths in digital.

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Light Up Sunderland with Northern Powergrid

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Winning pupils from Hudson Road Primary School in Sunderland were made VIPs for the night after winning the Northern Powergrid Light Up Sunderland competition to design their own Christmas light.

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Sixth Form Business Mentoring

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Year 12 students from Westminster City School have embarked on the second year of one-to-one mentoring with business leaders from across the Victoria Business Improvement District.

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Women in Industry Day

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Female students from Swanshurst School in Birmingham learned more about the different industries and routes into employment available with an interactive day focused on employability.

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XPO Healthy Eating Workshops

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Pupils at three primary schools across Barnsley learned about the importance of understanding what we eat and teamwork with the help of local employer XPO Logistics and their interactive workshops.

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Leeds Law Society Education Week 2016

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Twelve primary schools in Leeds got an early introduction to the world of work with the help of volunteers from 23 law firms across the city for the tenth annual Leeds Law Society Education Week.

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Bradford Academy Experience Day

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1,250 Bradford Academy students right across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 took part in a range of interactive activities to inspire them about the working world, no matter what career they're thinking of pursuing.

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Roundhay School Assessment Centre

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Sixth form students get a jam-packed day of real assessment activities to help develop their experience and employability skills Post-16.

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Arup Engineering Awareness Week

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Arup Engineering Awareness Week is designed to give the budding engineers of the future a taste of the working world with an exciting project competition.

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UTC Leeds Industry Immersion Fortnight

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For the last two years our Industry Immersion Fortnight has involved a wide range of workplace visits to local manufacturing and engineering businesses to help students settle into life at UTC Leeds.

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Trinity Kitchen Challenge

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Budding entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a pop-up restaurant to business dragons at Leeds Trinity Kitchen.

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Ebbsfleet Masterplanning Challenge

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Year 9 students from Ebbsfleet Academy attended an interactive day based around the delivery of the new Garden City.

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