State school in South East UK
"...by starting early in Key Stage 4 we make sure our students are well informed about their options before they start making decisions about what they might want to study in Sixth Form."
Tina Goodman, Head of Careers
“We were at a conference with our careers manager when we found Unifrog. We were immediately impressed by the university search tool. Showing students where different grades will allow them to progress is a really positive way to motivate them to work hard in class!”
Engaging with parents
“We have an annual information evening for parents at the start of Year 12, where we talk about university and the application process, and Unifrog. Towards the beginning of the day, we have a Unifrog session with the Sixth Form and then when we see their parents in the evening, we can show them what their kids have done in the day. Parents get a chance to see how useful Unifrog is when applying to university, and it ensures they’re up to date with their child’s Post 18 Intentions and how we will support them.”
“We launch Unifrog with Year 10 as part of a formal careers lesson. We get them to input their GCSE predictions into the UK universities tool, so that they can see which Universities and Apprenticeships they are likely to have available to them - again this is very helpful for their levels of motivation! And by starting early in Key Stage 4, we make sure our students are well informed about their options before they start making decisions about what they might want to study in Sixth Form.”
“The References tool in particular is a huge time saver for our busy teachers. The traffic light system for showing at a glance what stage each Subject Reference is at really speeds up the process, and saves teachers having to go back and forth chasing each other over email.
In addition, having each part of the process in one place - from opportunity shortlisting, to recording competencies, to writing CVs, Personal Statements, Subject References and Overall References - means that the references end up being much more detailed because teachers can easily include in what they write things that the student has recorded elsewhere on the platform. It also means that teachers don’t repeat what the student has written about on their Personal Statement, or what other teachers have written about in other references. And finally because the teachers can see what courses the student is applying for, they can tailor their references to be as useful as possible for the relevant courses.”