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Access Creative College

Access Creative are running virtual meet and greets with their engagement teams where students can schedule a telephone or video call to ask everything they need to know about Access Creative. They understand that being able to talk to the team is important to get a feel for what they do. It also gives students the opportunity to find out more about facilities, resources, ask questions and get advice and guidance to help them understand what the college and degree courses are all about.

The open events and virtual meet and greets/tours can be found here:

ACC Virtual Festival
With all the festivals and live events being cancelled left, right and centre, Access Creative have decided to host online. The ACC Virtual Festival is an online festival which will incorporate all things creative. The festival can be found here: They have created a new website with a calendar of events, each event will sit under a stage.

  • The ‘Let me see you workshop’ – this stage will host and stream all workshops.
  • The ‘Tell me why stage’ – this stage will be your Q&A stage where you can ask those burning questions to people in the industry.
  • The ‘I feel good stage’ – this is the wellbeing stage where our #KeepCalmKeepCreative contents will be held.
  • ‘The Live Room’ – This is the final stage which will hold performances and DJ sets from current and ACC alumni from across the country.


Amazon Future Engineer is helping to meet students needs by launching a free virtual coding programme – in partnership with Fire Tech. Available for students, teachers and parents for two months from 3 April to 3 June 2020, these resources cater for students aged 12 to 17 to help build computer science skills for students learning at home.

Access 20 hours of free content, these resources use a Python Programming Platform, exploring ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ themes, plus a moderated forum and handy FAQs. Students can earn experience points for completing the work and earn badges when they unlock skills.

Covering computer programming aspects in line with Key Stage 3 and 4 of the English National Curriculum. By the end of the course students will have solved problems of an equivalent level to GCSE Computer Science courses.


Blackburn College

 The online gallery will go live Wednesday 17th June 2020


Bolton College

College life at Bolton College:

Ian’s regular Zoom Q&A events are a great way for pupils to get in touch and ask about specific courses, our application process or about College life in general.  You can find future events on our booking site via this link:


Bury College


Bury College has launched an innovative new podcast to support Year 11 pupils as they prepare to transition from school to college. During this exciting podcast, the Bury College High School Liaison team discuss a range of topics including enrichment opportunities, work experience placements and student support. The Bury College podcast can be accessed at:

Be Bury College Ready Website offers a range of brand-new tips, tools and resources to help prepare year 11 pupils for their next steps in starting College:


Financial education in schools - FREE resource
Your Money Matters has been designed for use with young people age 14 – 16 and covers topics including spending and saving, borrowing, debt, insurance, student finance & future planning. You can download for free the teacher and student books here.


Google for Education in association with TES - FREE resource
In partnership with Google for Education, TES is now hosting the world's best lesson ideas and teacher materials for all curriculum areas designed by the global Google for Education community with many links to careers and the world of work. You can access the free resources here


Let’s explore with LJMU

Post 16 - Virtual tour logo - Liverpool John Moores logo.pngA week long schedule designed purely for those in Year 9-12 (NI Year 10-13). Commencing Monday, 15th – Friday, 19th June 2020

You are invited to participate in some of these online sessions created just for you!  Whether you want to find out exactly what university is like or have an introduction to a subject you may never have heard of, join LJMU, and explore some more

Liverpool John Moores University have a number of subject sessions led by LJMU students and general sessions exploring degrees and careers. Click here for schedule.

Take a virtual tour of our campuses and explore our accommodation. 


Martin Lewis Student Loans Decoded - FREE resource
You may find Student Loans Decoded a useful tool to simplify the facts around student finance for both potential students and their parents. So, together with financial education charity Young Money and Martin Lewis, they have created a teacher guide for Student Loans Decoded. Access it here

Myerscough College
Please see below a video clip put together by staff at our Witton Campus (Blackburn) that shows images from around the campus and gives information about the courses.

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National Careers Service

FREE online courses for your students, parents/carers and colleagues

The Skills Toolkit from National Careers Service is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. The Department for Education has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.

This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available. They will keep this under review and may update the list from time to time.

Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.

You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts. Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills. Access the courses here



NCS have had to make the tough decision not to go ahead with the programme as planned this summer, they don't want anyone to miss out on the NCS experience. They’ll be offering a free alternative programme, which starts with a digital hub focusing on skills and life lessons not learnt in the classroom.

Staying Connected is live now on the NCS website, and you don't need to have been signed up to the programme this summer to take part.

The hub has been created especially for young people and will be regularly filled with content to keep you inspired, provide some laughs, and make you think.
For more information on NCS, and to access the Staying Connected content, please visit


North Lancs Training Group

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Salford City College

Year 10 & 11 students are invited to attend our virtual New Student Day events. These will be taking place via the college website and YouTube channel. We will be sharing information about our subjects, student life, our bus service, student bursaries as well as enrolment. Events will be taking place on the following dates/times:

City Skills – Thu 2 Jul | 2.00pm

Eccles Sixth Form College – Fri 3 Jul | 2.00pm

FutureSkills at

MediaCityUK – Mon 6 Jul | 2.00pm

Pendleton Sixth Form College – Tue 7 Jul | 2.00pm

Worsley College – Wed 8 Jul | 2.00pm


In order to attend, students will need to register via the college website: by no later than Monday 22 June 2020.


Take a bite out of climate change
The “Take a Bite out of Climate Change” project aims to make children and families more aware of how their dietary choices contribute to greenhouse gases. The website is  The team members are mostly academics and are from a variety of scientific fields, and are led by Professor Sarah Bridle of Manchester University Physics department. The work is, of course, evidence based, and the breadth and background of the team helps with this. A TED talk on food and climate is here:
Through June there is a programme of activity for KS2 and KS3 pupils, with different themes for each week, and activities for each day within those themes. There will be links to the project from the Great Science Share. Teacher flyer here and student flyer here


The Bolton Sixth Form

VIRTUAL New Student Day on Friday 3rd July 2020

Students need to select their subject Q&A sessions: Students can visit our web page to book and select their preferred subject sessions that they would like to participate in on the day, this is their chance to ask questions with our tutors.


The Manchester College

Please see below this week’s School Liaison Connect2College Bulletin. This week’s edition is filled with exciting events and important updates including information regarding our revised virtual Careers Adviser Information session which is taking place on Thursday 25th June at 9.30-10.45am, booking is now open so don’t miss out (click here)!


UK University Search Virtual Fair Wednesday 17 June from 12:00 - 18:00
For more information about the UK University Search Virtual Fair, and to register for your free place, please visit

Youth Employment UK - A guide for looking for work
This free careers booklet has been designed as your personal guide to planning, applying for and landing your dream job. Ideal for young people 18+ this booklet is editable and ready to help you start your career journey. Download it here


Princes Trust

Support for Young People
Young people in Greater Manchester need us more than ever and Prince's Trust are committed to providing the support they need to navigate this challenging time. They are piloting a series of innovative online courses and one-to-one support to ensure they can still be there for young people when they need us most. 

Prince's Trust are proud to be working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to help young people in the region take the next step towards building sustainable futures. For more information about the online courses during May and June 2020, please click here.


FREE Online resources for schools and parents home-schooling from PwC

PwC’s Schools Outreach Programme is designed to develop students’ confidence, digital and employability skills. They have a selection of online and virtual resources for you to use - all of which are free to access and available to all students. If you are interested in any of the below (online resources, virtual skills sessions or future face to face activity), please complete this quick form. There is also space to give feedback on the resources and what else would be useful for PwC to include.

Online Toolkit
PwC’s Online Toolkit has been created for teachers and careers professionals to choose from a wide selection of lessons that can be quickly and easily delivered to a class or group of students: whether as a virtual lesson or as a resource for students to access individually. Explore it here. Currently, the toolkit includes a number of programmes on technology, financial literacy, and wellbeing with plans to add further content in the coming months. Each lesson pack comes with a lesson plan, a facilitator guide and a presentation; all sessions are mapped to the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

Tech We Can
Tech We Can is a set of lesson packs designed to inspire more children, especially girls, to see the possibilities that a career in technology can bring. Populated with role model videos, classroom tasks and homework activities, the lesson plans are all focused on a different area of technology like Health and Inclusion, Safety and Security and Manufacturing and Engineering. They do not require a tech background to teach, map to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 and meet 6 out of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. You can also join in with Tech We Can Tuesdays - free online lessons every Tuesday at 10.30am, with a different theme each week. Find out more and register here.

You may wish to share this resource with your parents/carers for use at home over the next few months. We have added guidance to the toolkit website on using the materials at home, which can be found here, and have included a paragraph below that can be shared with parents/carers. 

Choose from a wide selection of lessons that you can use to support your child’s learning whilst at home. Topics include technology, how to manage money and wellbeing. Each lesson pack comes with a lesson plan, a facilitator guide and a presentation. All sessions are mapped to the Gatsby Benchmarks which schools in England align their careers programmes  to. Explore all lessons here. Additional guidance is available to support you with using these materials at home, which can be found here



Key Stage 5 - Year 12 & 13


University of Cumbria Virtual Masterclasses

An amazing opportunity coming up for your level 3 students. Masterclasses are returning in a virtual way, with University of Cumbria’s wonderful academics leading several sessions in June and July:

  • Home-based injury screening and prevention for runners (Wednesday 17th June, 3pm – 4pm)

Learn about the common types of injuries in runners and how to practically screen yourself at home for related injury risk factors. Practical demonstrations of screening as well as related injury prevention exercises are included for you to try out on yourself! 

  • A Patient's Journey - A Physiotherapy Masterclass (Monday 22nd June, 11am – 12pm)

The masterclass will follow a patients journey from their initial injury through to recovery and will chart the various different interactions with physiotherapy along the way. This will help build an awareness of the different specialisms which are covered within the profession and how each can contribute to the patients journey. 

  • Occupational Therapy - Living To Your Potential! (Tuesday 23rd June, 11am – 12pm)

Occupational Therapy is an ever evolving health science profession and we are now working with more diverse clients and communities in the UK than ever before. If you have an interest in people and want to enhance a person’s quality of life, we will give you a unique glimpse into how we engage in occupational based assessments and treatments in specialist areas of the practice. 

  • In Cold Blood? An Exploration of the Psychology of Violent Behaviour (Wednesday 24th June, 2pm – 3pm)

In this masterclass session, you will explore the psychology of violent behaviour using case studies of serial murder, violent crime, and domestic abuse.

You will discuss and consider how psychological theory and research can help us understand why people commit violent crime, how it impacts on victims of crime, and how we can use research to try and tackle this serious social issue. 

  • Spinning the Wheel During a Pandemic (Thursday 25th June, 2pm – 3pm)

This short presentation will look at how Police Officers make a variety of operational decisions by utilising the National Decision Model (NDM).  It will specifically concentrate on aspects of decision making that are specific to Operational Police Officers policing the current Coronavirus Crisis.

The presentation will show how the Police use information and intelligence, take a variety of circumstances and risks into account, implement points of policy and legislation, and build in contingencies into the option selected to deal with any given situation.

The presentation is also designed to show that, whilst Policing can be difficult, it is an important, exciting and dynamic occupation that puts you in charge of the incidents you are deployed to and have to deal with.  In simple terms, the decisions are yours to make. 

  • Wellbeing: Learning about the Brain (Thursday 2nd July, 11am – 12pm)

This class will give you strategies to help with everyday stresses and help you to understand a little more about how your brain works in response to situations.

The session will; look at a psychological approach to understanding the old brain (fight and flight) and our newer more rational brain; help participants to join up the physical thoughts, emotions and behaviours when they react to a situation; and look at the balance that needs to be achieved in our busy lives, highlighting the need to do activities that support our wellbeing, alongside academic studies.

To book onto these sessions, students can head over to and select the ones you’re interested in.

As an added bonus for attending these sessions, attendees will be eligible to receive a reduced offer on future applications to us for related courses (more information can be found here)



UCLAN - Virtual Open Day - Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 June 10am -2pm 

Post 16 - Virtual tour logo - UCLAN logo.pngWe know by June your Year 12 students would usually have been involved in a wide variety of Gatsby benchmark HE inspired activities.  To ensure your students can continue their exploration of Universities we are holding our virtual Open Days next week. 

Our Virtual Open Days are an ideal opportunity to get to know our friendly University and find out what we have to offer from our wide range of undergraduate programmes. Our Virtual Open Days will bring to life all that has been read about in our prospectus and on our website. Your students can talk to our academics and current students to get a real feel for studying at our Preston or Burnley Campus. They will also be able to get  their burning questions on Admissions, Accommodation and Student Support answered by our expert staff and our current students can tell them about their experiences first-hand.

Your students can book via the following link



Manchester Metropolitan University

We would like to invite your students to join us at one of our new Discover University virtual outreach events.

 What to expect

 Each two-hour programme will include a range of presentations, a live Q&A session, and opportunities to find out more about applying to university. 

 • Get inspired: Presentations will cover topics including how to apply, an introduction to higher education, student finance and student life.

• Get expert advice: Our experienced outreach team will be available to answer your questions live.

• Chat with current students: Get a real taste of university life as our students share their experiences.

• Gather information: Get hold of useful resources to help you prepare for university.

• Take a virtual tour: Explore our campus and get a feel for what it's like to study here.

Discover University dates  

We are running the event on the following dates. The content on each date will be the same:

 Wednesday 1st July, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

Wednesday 8th July, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

Wednesday 15th July, 1:00pm-3:00pm 


Please note places are limited on each date. Students can register now on our booking page to receive information and instructions on how to join.   

 In the meantime, if you have any questions or need any advice to support your students with their university options, please email