Are students given enough information about opportunities available to them once they leave school?

The education system in England and Wales is regulated through curriculums and relevant examinations. All of this is done not only to educate but to get students used to examinations in preparation for their future plans when they begin thinking about college and university courses, as well as future career prospects.

 

Many students realise too late exactly what they want to do or become, and so have missed out on the opportunities that may have been available through their school programme. There needs to be more done by schools to educate pupils on what is available for them to become involved in once they leave the school environment. A major pressing concern being that teachers and schools are driven more by exam results and their position in league tables rather than what they can do to help individual students get the most out of their education, to ensure they have a good stepping stone to continue on with further opportunities once they leave school.

 

Information about college courses, universities, and apprenticeships need to be given to students early on in their school life so they have as much time as possible to consider the options available to them. It is equally important for students to be given access to websites and details on employment for school leavers. More often than not emphasis is placed on getting good grades with the ideal being getting as many students as possible to apply to universities. This will help with the schools reputation and overall performance statistics. Does this mean that students that have no wish to go to university are sidelined? Schools in general focus too much on academic achievement rather than helping all students to make the right decision for them about their future, whether that is to go onto further education, an apprenticeship or immediate fulltime employment.

 

Looking at past experiences and comments from young adults it seems that students seem to realise what they want to do or become when they have already left school. If they had had the knowledge, help and encouragement earlier from their schools they would have had more time to work towards their goals and ambitions and achieve a lot more a lot sooner. The later decisions are made the harder it is to get the qualifications necessary for that role.

 

The very idea that schools don’t care about pupils once they have passed their exams and contributed to their league tables is a worrying one. Schools should be actively engaging with their students and should be helping them as individuals work towards their end goal, to give them the best start to be successful in what ever they choose in their future lives.

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