We have designed a selection of workshops as part of a school’s Student Enrichment Programme. We have many standard modules and regularly adapt these or develop new ones, according to what works best for each group.

We run the workshops in English but we are also happy to offer them in Spanish where required.
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Who am I?

Purpose of module: for each student to spend time reflecting on who they are – their strengths and weaknesses before making considered university and career choices.

This module focuses around a post analysis of the psychometric tests carried out in tutor period and combines the test results with feedback from teachers, friends and parents.

Course details

 

  • Also explores current weaknesses of individual students and areas for personal growth.
  • Opens important dialogue between student, teachers and parents at a time when all need to improve communication to ensure solid decisions about future.

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Introduction to “Values”

Purpose of module: connecting young people to the importance of values in their decision process. Realisation of “self” and “individuality”.

Course details

 

  • Through role play students learn how to be a coach and develop their own set of values whilst helping others find theirs.
  • Importance of values + strengths.
  • Session sows the seed of the importance of volunteering and supporting a social cause. Values can best be developed through experiences such as these.
  • We also design value based material with students to share with the rest of the school.

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Visual Me

Purpose of Module: Creation of visual CV: the precursor to the CV and the personal statement.

Course details

 

  • Introduction to concept of personal branding to year group followed by creation of visual CV in smaller groups. Can be created digitally and/or manually.
  • Helps students learn to think freely and go on a voyage of self discovery through images.
  • No right or wrong.
  • Students encouraged to keep going back to their visual CV after the session with adaptations as they remember additional thoughts and ideas.
  • The visual CV is then used as a tool in school to:
    • Reflect on what makes each student unique as a discussion tool in tutor period ahead of making decisions on university choices/job options.
    • Increase student confidence for school speed mentoring sessions or at interviews for work experience.
    • Develop presentation skills.

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Me under a minute

Purpose of module: Entry level introduction to, and initial development of, public speaking skills.

Course details

  • Present yourself (in English or Spanish) in 20 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute. First ‘elevator pitch’ using Visual CVs.
  • Students are divided into groups of no more than 10 for the sessions. We cover: how to create a good strong, first impression; how to give a confident handshake; the importance of eye contact, etc.
  • Learn to talk about strengths and weaknesses with confidence.
  • Awaken awareness of transferable skills and which areas each student needs to develop.
  • Accepting constructive feedback from classmates.
  • Presentations are recorded and analysed as a group.

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Presentation skills

Purpose of module: Development of public speaking skills

Course details

  • This module has been specifically designed for schools that need students to develop and practice presentation skills for end of year projects.
  • Design of course agreed in collaboration with school.
  • Covers structure of presentations, importance of body language, empathy with audience etc.
  • Peer feedback crucial. Learning to accept and give constructive feedback- an important quality.
  • Presentation skills competitions with other similar schools can be arranged.

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Personal Statement

Purpose of module: Kick start the daunting task of writing the personal statement in a fun, dynamic way.

Course details

Using the visual CV and output from the psychometric testing we encourage students to start the process of writing their personal statements.

  • All students are asked to participate regardless of where they are applying to university as such an invaluable exercise.
  • Focus on written style and how to phrase personal comments in a confident way without sounding arrogant or ‘wooly’.
  • This workshop is ideally done just before the summer holidays so students can use the break to develop their statements further.
  • Deadlines for university applications are clearly explained as well as the importance of visiting universities before returning to school in September.
  • Recommend follow up session after the summer holidays.

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Traditional CV writing

Purpose of module: Progression of visual CV into traditional CV.

Course details

  • The differences between UK and Spanish CVs are explained.
  • Students are encouraged to revisit their personal statements and visual CVs for inspiration.

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Interview Role Playing

Purpose of module: Basic interview skills for first time job or university entrance interview.

Course details

  • Development of “brand me” and awareness that personal development is for life.
  • Tips on showing you at your best. Confident not arrogant.
  • Learn to interview and be interviewed. Learning to accept constructive feedback/criticism.
  • Body language and handshake etiquette in the working world.
  • Awareness of the online and offline you.
  • How social media can damage a candidate’s success.
  • What to wear and what not to wear.

See videos in our Interviewing Experience section.

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Coping with exam stress

Purpose of module: Learn how to handle stressful situations, particularly exam situations.

Course details

  • First step discussing how stress varies for each individual student.
  • Relaxation through visualisation.
  • Discussion of appropriate tools and techniques to help handle and minimise potentially stressful situations.

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Life Saving Skills

Purpose of module: Introduce students to basic life saving skills – invaluable for many volunteering programmes.

Course details

  • Course designed in collaboration with Cruz Roja.
  • Course designed with schools but should cover the following key areas:
    • Learning about emergency situations, how to avoid them and best procedures.
    • First Aid basics.
    • How to help haemorrhage, injury or burn victims.
    • How to handle someone with an epileptic fit.
    • How to help someone choking (Heimlich manoeuvre).
    • Certification given to students participating in the workshop by Cruz Roja (important addition for CV).

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Conflict management

Purpose of module: Learning how to resolve conflict ‐ ahead of relationships in and out of work and life after school!

Course details

  • Workshops offered as part of a programme for 14-15 year olds to learn how to manage conflict.
  • Students develop empathy and resourcefulness values and their self confidence increases during the process.
  • Students learn how to be mentors to first year secondary students.
  • Certificates issued to all participants.

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Wellness

Purpose of module: Basic introduction to the importance of healthy eating, exercise and down time.

Course details

  • With more pressure than ever on achieving top grades at school, students do not spend enough time on balancing work with other aspects of life, particularly around exam time.
  • Practical workshops centre around appreciating health and our bodies and basic introduction to cooking skills and value of key fruits and vegetables.

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Table manners and Social Skills in the business world

Purpose of module: To sit alongside people in industry and learn how to eat in the professional world. Some companies nowadays take prospective candidates out to lunch to see how they interact with the waiter and others around the table.

Course details

  • One-off lunch sitting with head of the school and member of the Project Faro Team.
  • Covers eye contact, the handshake, polite conversation and other social skills at the table.
  • Table setting etiquette and knife and fork protocol in the professional world.
  • Explore the art of table conversation.

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University Application Process

Purpose of module: Introduction on UK and USA application processes to avoid late application entries and encourage visits to Universities so right decisions can be made at the right time.

Course details

  • USA application process
  • UK application process

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Practical, Experience‐Based Student Enrichment Programmes

We recommend that our workshops are followed by at least one of the experiences listed below to maximise success of the programme through ‘learning by doing’: