Pupils at Two steps beyong event

College Hosts Two Steps Beyond Event 2014

Sun, 2001-10-07 01:00

Yesterday the College held the annual Two Steps Beyond event, which is designed to give local Year 10 secondary school pupils the chance to find out about a range of future routes in education when leaving school.

The event featured stands from different East Durham College curriculum areas of study as well as stands from other colleges, training providers and universities from around the North East, which all gave the students information on what is available for them after completing their GCSEs.

The event, named Two Steps Beyond as it aims to give Year 10 students thoughts about their education choices two years before leaving school, was being hosted by the College for the third time.

The College host the event with exhibitors who hope it will help attract students to continue education within the region and give them a better understanding of what routes are available to them.

Shona Taylor-Gibson, representative for Sunderland, Newcastle and Northumbria universities said: “I certainly believe that this is a really good event, it lets these students think about what they want to do when they finish school and I think that Year 10 is a really good age to be really starting to think about further study.”

Over 700 students from four schools within the local area, The Academy at Shotton Hall, Dene Community School, Seaham School of Technology and St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School were all in attendance.

Ryan Ainscough, a Year 10 student at St. Bedes, said: “It’s been a great afternoon. It has been really interesting to look at different areas of study.

“It was good to see things like construction, where we looked at and used different tools which helped us learn new things.

“Today made me think differently about college and further education when leaving school.”

One of the event organisers believes the event is really important to the students and hopes it gives them a better understanding of what is available when leaving school. 

Christine Booth, Schools Co-ordinator Officer, said: “We think it’s really important pupils in Year 10 get to understand what training and careers are available to them after completing GCSEs.

“We were delighted with how many training providers took part in the event and we hope the pupils found it useful in helping them see what is available when they leave school.”