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Aspire at Franklin

Supporting you during your journey at Franklin

At Franklin, we understand that your personal and professional development is a crucial aspect of your educational journey. That's why Aspire is an integral part of your Study Programme, empowering you to achieve more than you ever thought possible.  

What is Aspire?  

The Aspire Programme offers you the opportunity to expand your horizons. Through engaging group sessions, termly one-on-one meetings with your Progress Coach, and dedicated independent study time, you'll grow into a well-rounded, highly employable young adult. Aspire helps to nurture essential life skills, preparing you for success in your chosen future.  

Alongside Aspire, you’ll participate in Personal and Professional Development programmes, courses and trips & visits to really support your development as we work together during your time at Franklin.  

Your Personal Progress Coach 

To support your personal and professional journey, you'll have a dedicated Progress Coach throughout your time at Franklin. Your Progress Coach is not just your guide; they’re your ally during your time with us. They'll assist you with your university UCAS application process and, if this isn’t for you, your progression journey from Franklin - whether that’s higher education, training or employment.  

At Franklin we understand university isn’t for everyone, but we want to ensure you’re supported to wherever your journey may take you. We provide valuable interview techniques and offer academic and pastoral support whenever you need it. With a Progress Coach by your side, help is always within reach. 

Read more below about the fantastic support our Progress Coach team offer.  

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The Progress Coach Team

Skills @Franklin Desk 

The Skills @Franklin Desk is your gateway to personal and academic growth. It offers a wide array of workshops, study support, and assistance for recovering any missed learning or, the little bit of extra support here and there as you might need it.  

The Skills @Franklin Desk will help you to nurture and refine essential skills that extend far beyond the classroom. These skills are not only crucial for academic success but also for your future career skills that will become part of your everyday life. They’ll boost your grades and enhance your confidence. 

Booking sessions with the Skills @Franklin Desk is easy. You can do so through your course tutor, your trusted Progress Coach, or by visiting us in person. The desk is conveniently located at the top of The Bridge, in room B19, right across from Frank's.  

Examples of what our Aspire Programme covers:

  • Progression

    Whether you hope to go on to further education or straight into employment or an apprenticeship, we’ll cover the next steps. You’ll work with your Progress Coach on a tailored progression plan that makes for a smooth transition. Your Progress Coach will also support you through the UCAS journey, assisting with application forms, interview techniques, etc.

  • Review of Study Programme

    Your Study Programme will be reviewed regularly within Aspire to ensure you’re on target in your curriculum subjects. You’ll also discuss ways to enhance your employability skills, with your Progress Coach suggesting suitable enrichment opportunities.

  • Employability skills

    Your employability prospects are improved if you can demonstrate skills like communication, teamwork and self-management. During Aspire your Progress Coach will assist you in developing wider career skills alongside helping with practical elements such as CV and personal statement writing and mock interviews.

  • Support with time management and study skills

    Your Progress Coach will work with you (and in line with the advice provided by curriculum staff) to work out the study methods that work best for you. For example, time management guidance can help to ensure that work is submitted by deadline. These are also valuable skills to transfer to the workplace.

  • Pastoral issues

    Important issues such as Safeguarding and Prevent; sexual harassment e-safety, and anti-bullying are covered in large group tutorials. Understanding safeguarding makes you mindful of how to keep yourself safe and who to speak to if you have concerns. Prevent, which is part of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy, makes students aware of how to reduce the threat of radicalisation; e-safety helps students to think about the consequences of the information they post online; and anti-bullying encourages students to treat each other with respect. At Franklin, we have a zero-tolerance approach to child-on-child abuse and sexual harassment.

  • Physical and mental health and wellbeing

    The Aspire programme covers the benefits of emotional resilience and self care with advice on how to lead a healthy life-style. We place a focus on the importance of mental health, including recognising anxiety and stress (particularly around exam times) and how to build mental resilience.

Our Progress Coaches don’t just deliver the Aspire Programme; they provide pastoral support too. They’re often the first person a student will go to with worries or problems. Alongside curriculum staff, our Progress Coaches monitor attendance and behaviour and make home contact with any concerns.