Year 9 students take up the UK housing crisis problem
With the shortage of homes in the UK at a peak and likely to be an area of skills shortages in the coming years, at St John Leman 6th Form, Year 9 students are taking up the challenge.
The Sustainable Homes Challenge takes part in the next six weeks. The project aims to make the students aware of what range of skills and careers are needed to fulfill Suffolk's, and in turn the Government's, house building programme.
The project looks at a range of skills from construction workers, architects and designers to marketing and finance.
Higher Education Champion Rita Dattani said "The project also aims to help students with soft skills. Students initially completed a skills audit from the Take Your Place programme. This showed that most students wanted to improve their presentation and time managements skills so this has been encorporated into the programme.
"The students first completed a SWOT analysis to find the 'Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats' to strengthen their project plan. They then looked to create a lego model of a feature which could be used or displayed in Beccles town centre. I love the results!"
We'll be updating this story as the students get into the challenge, stay tuned...
How to present myself - Session 3
Our next session with year 9 students at St John Leman was on how to present yourself. We had some interesting discussions about what makes a good or bad presentation and how to sell yourself. The students were asked to think of their favourite teacher and why they like them.
"The room looks great" "they are funny" "they know stuff about the subject" were just some of the responses we got.
The students then discussed how they should look and behave when they present? This led onto a quick training session on effective handshakes. One student said "I'll make sure my hands are clean and not sweaty!"
All had a good time and looking forward to presenting to the panel at the next session!
Stay tuned for more updates.