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Welcome to the final edition of the 2019/20 HeppSY Newsletter

At HeppSY we recognise our schools and colleges have had to make lots of changes over the last few months.  

Our team have been busy creating a selection of online resources to help you support your students and prepare them for their return in September

We hope you enjoy reading about some of our activity in this newsletter. We look forward to continuing to work with you and your students next term. If you would like any bespoke materials for your young people, their families or your staff please be in touch and we will be more than happy to support.

Please enjoy a very well deserved rest over the summer period and we'll look forward to sharing with you our new digital offer ready for delivery when everyone returns.
    Sharon Woodward-Baker, HeppSY Programme Manager
Here to Help

HeppSY has its online offer to support you during summer in response to the current Covid 19 pandemic and students needing to work away from their schools and colleges.

The free resource is called Here to Help and is still available on the HeppSY website. These resources can be used with all Year 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students and have been made relevant to each year group.

These resources will remain available until the 1st September, at which time our new offer will replace current content. We look forward to working with you to plan activity for your students to welcome them back to learning and achievement.

HeppSY Advice Line Launches

HeppSY has launched its Advice Line, targeted for all Year 13 students in our eligible schools and colleges. The Advice Line can offer expert careers advice and guidance and welcomes calls from any students or parents who are making critical decisions about their next steps and would like some friendly support and encouragement. You can call the advice line on 0114 478 1002 or find out more information about it here.
Come and chat to us

HeppSY has an online chat function where students from Year 9 - Year 13 are encouraged to post their questions about higher education, view our EA profiles and read our FAQ page so that should they want any tailored support or answer to any question that will help them with their next steps we would be happy to hear from them.

Find out more here.
Our Offer 2020/21

HeppSY is ready to launch its offer for 2020/21 and details will be with you shortly. We will be taking the new digital approach including blended delivery and are excited to share details with you soon.

We also need to recognise the work of Chris Stead, our Senior Activity Officer, whom you've all worked with very fondly and are aware is leaving us to secure a post at the University of Sheffield which we're very pleased for him.

In the meantime please do contact your usual School and College Programme Manager for support in your activity and bookings.
Homeschooling and parenting in times of Coronavirus

Sonia Hardwick, CPD Manager in the Higher Education Progression Partnership' (Hepp), has recently had an article published on the Parentkind Blog. Sonia shares an insight into the different issues facing those homeschooling or with families at home in lockdown.

You can read the full article, 'Your Children Need You (even if they sometimes say they don't)' here.
HeppSY Present at the AGCAS Annual Conference

Our HE Progression Advisers, Rachel and Amy, presented at the AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) conference in June to highlight HeppSY's research findings and how HE Careers Services can support students through their HE journey. 
The AGCAS conference is predominantly attended by HE careers professionals and graduate recruiters, and was held virtually for the first time this year. Running over 5 days, Rachel and Amy presented on the Social Mobility themed day. Find out more by reading the news article here.
Looking on the Brightside of Life

HeppSY is so pleased to announce its partnership with Brightside, who are a national, well-recognised organisation who provide online intensive mentoring for students ready to begin university in September, or who are at the point of making decisions about their course and their preferred university provider.

If you currently have a Year 13 student, a final year BTEC student, or an Access student who is still unsure about their next steps but feels they may want to start university studies please contact us because fully funded places are available and this is a unique opp for students to receive personalised one to one support over the coming months. All staff who support students have been fully DBS cleared and have received full safeguarding training and the platform is secure and recognised for its standards. 
Find out more on our website.
Ticking All the Right Boxes: Sheffield College Recognised For its Work With Students

Warmest congratulations to Sarah Kettlewell and the Careers Team at Sheffield College who have recently achieved the Quality in Careers Standard. This is the external quality award ‘strongly recommended’ by the government through the Careers Strategy that schools and colleges should aim to achieve. Sheffield College are one of the first colleges in the region to do so – what an amazing achievement! HeppSY looks forward to continuing to work closely with the college during the next academic year.
HeppSY Invited to Speak at "Why Evaluate" Conference

In May, Greg, our Evaluation and Data Manager,  spoke on a panel at the virtual “Why Evaluate” conference hosted by social mobility charity Villiers Park. Greg was invited to share his thoughts on how we can effectively approach evaluation of outreach activity as the educational sector moves to deal with the ramifications of the global pandemic. The panel and audience outlined the need to reassess the ethics of our research in light of COVID-19, and the new and creative ways we can collect valid data when more traditional methods are closed off to us. A full list of sessions and speakers can be found at the Villiers Park website.
Team Successes

A massive thank you to all of our wonderful HEEAs who have done a marvellous job of supporting all of our HeppSY schools and colleges this academic year.  They have made a real difference to the lives of young people within the region by being inspiring role models. Many of the HEEAs are moving on to exciting new adventures which include initial teacher training, residential care officers, civil service graduate programme and student support assistants where they will continue to do an amazing job. We wish you all the best with your next steps.
Bringing People Closer When We're Far Apart

HeppSY has welcomed guest speakers at its events from Schools and Colleges, and we would just like to thank school and college staff who presented at the recent HeppSY Full Team Meeting on 18th June - Melissa Maddison from Chaucer School, Cerise Walters from Thomas Rotherham College, Joy Harris from Barnsley College and Jeanette Brooke from Sir Thomas Wharton Community Academy. We would like to thank our colleagues from Horizon, Clifton, Saint Pius and Delta who are presenting at our Partnership Away Day. We really value your thoughts and opinions and thank you for sharing with us. 
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