Each student is assigned a fantastic Progress Coach who deliver The Aspire Programme
Aspire is a compulsory part of a student's study programme. This programme will include group sessions, independent study and one to one sessions to enhance personal and professional development. As part of the programme there will be guest speakers from external organisations, employers and universities to raise aspirations and explore progression routes. The intent of this programme is to ensure all of our students build resilience, become well rounded employable adults and workplace ready after Franklin.
Examples of the things that are covered in ASPIRE are:
Progression – Support for the next steps post Franklin are provided, whether this be to university; employment; or an apprenticeship. Each student will work with their Progress Coach on an individual progression plan to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Progress Coaches support students through the UCAS procedure, with application forms and interview techniques for apprenticeships and employment.
Review of study programme – Regular reviews of study programmes take place within ASPIRE to ensure that students are making good progress and meeting their targets in their curriculum subjects. It is also a chance to ensure students taking advantage of enrichment opportunities and developing their employability skills.
Employability Skills – Progress Coaches and the ASPIRE programme assist students in developing their employability prospects, communication skills, team work and self management. Focus is placed on the wider skills students may need for their potential career pathway alongside writing CV’s, mock interviews and personal statement writing to support applications.
Support with time management and study skills – Through the Aspire Programme support is provided to students to help reinforce the types of study skills that work best for them. This complements the work that curriculum staff do with the students on study skills. Progress Coaches can support students with their time management skills to ensure that deadlines are met and that relevant work is submitted.
Pastoral issues – Important issues such as Safeguarding and Prevent; sexual harassment e-safety; and anti-bullying are covered in large group tutorials. Safeguarding ensures students are more mindful of how to keep themselves safe and who to speak to if they have any 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 peer on peer abuse and sexual harassment.
Physical and mental health and wellbeing – The Aspire programme covers the benefits of good physical health and wellbeing with advice on how to lead a healthy life. There is also a focus on the importance of mental health, where the effects of anxiety and stress, which can arise particularly at exam times, can be looked at with promotion of strategies to build emotional resilience.
In addition to delivering the Aspire Programme Progress Coaches offer pastoral support for students and are often the first person a student will go to if they have any problems or worries. Progress Coaches, alongside curriculum staff, monitor attendance and behaviour and make contact home if there are any concerns.