Next Steps Roadshow Double-Decker Bus Parked up at QE

On Thursday 5th October Queen Elizabeth’s School were visited by the Next Steps South West Roadshow double-decker bus.

The two-week bus tour started on Monday 25th September at Exeter College and the University of Exeter, before setting off to visit seven secondary schools across Exeter and the surrounding areas, QE being one of them.

Next Steps bus at QE

The new programme is an interactive way to engage Year 11 students with the next steps towards higher education. The bus is an interactive career zone bought directly to students and schools in order to raise awareness of the options that are available and to inspire and motivate students in their current studies.

They ran 3 hour long sessions for over 40 Year 11 students. The activities included wearing Virtual Reality headsets that immersed students in tours of university campuses, iPads were available to use the RAHE (Raising Aspirations through Higher Education) app to identify their skills and match them with possible jobs. The app also shows the pathways that can be taken to reach those career paths.

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The students completed a quiz on progression options – the answers either being found on the bus or by talking to one of the student ambassadors. The students also had an ‘academic session’ which consisted of a discussion on Law in the morning sessions and a talk on Business, including entrepreneurship, in the afternoon.