Another engaging week of PSHEE

Parents and guardians attended an engaging and resourceful follow up seminar by speaker Kwame Boateng, from Elevate Education on Monday evening.

The seminar centered around the skills and practical activities delivered to Fifth Form students last week. The evening delved into related research into the success of taught study disciplines and techniques and why they work.

Kwame spoke about the importance of parental support and encouragement of our teenagers at home to focus on a short or long term goal and how this will help them develop drive and become more motivated to study. The evening also aimed to bust the myth that intelligence and hard work all that is required to raise levels of attainment but rather we should guide our young people to work smarter and in a more healthy, constructive and purposeful way.

Yesterday in the final afternoon of talks and workshops delivered by visiting speakers this half-term, the Fifth Form were addressed by Mr Malcolm Melville, Interim Global Head of Architecture of Refinitiv – a leading company in financial technology, data and expertise and His Honour Judge John Samuels QC, founder and chairman of the Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Scheme and president of the Prisoners’ Education trust, spoke on The Law and related professions.

Through his talk, Mr Melville who studied at Imperial College, London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in America, intrigued students with a numerical puzzle and an exercise to get them thinking about their future abilities and how they could be used in their career. Refinitiv, formerly the  Financial & Risk division of Thomson Reuters uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), to create software which is developed to assist businesses  solve data management problems for more efficient, optimal solutions.

Judge John Samuels QC, who studied at Cambridge university, engaged students on his study of The Law and his career as a Barrister, Bencher and Criminal Court Judge. He eloquently expressed the far reaching effects of working in this highly rewarding field and how it can bring about  positive changes to society. Judge John Samuels, QC also shared experiences of working as a Barrister and Judge and inspired students to be confident in pursuing a career in the Law. He challenged students to consider that in addition to higher education qualifications, the motivation to succeed and ability to persuade were key attributes.

Both speakers shared advice on the best A Levels to pursue in these careers and asked students to look, not only into universities which offer the best course for them but to also consider places which allow them to continue valuable and enjoyable pastimes to make their higher education even more enriching.

Staff and students thank both Mr Melville and Honorable Judge John Samuels, QC for their visit and inspirational talks.

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