Sample a Taste of Post-16 Education; Education & Training Sponsor's Message

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MAKING decisions about where and what to study next year can be difficult.

Middlesbrough's Macmillan Academy offers Year 11 students a chance to sample courses and see for themselves what's on offer. Many Year 11 students will feel that they have enough on their minds at the moment with studying, taking GSCE exams and dealing with everyday life.

However, now is also the time that they need to be making big decisions about what to do next year.

There are so many choices about where and what to study that it can become confusing. For some students, staying on at their current school can be a great option but for others it means a choice of continuing their education or training at a college, with a training provider or in the workplace.

When making decisions, it is best to be as well informed as possible and with this in mind, Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough is following up its annual Open Evening with a special Taster Evening to be held on February 6 from 4.30pm until 8pm.

To help students find out more about what will motivate them and give them the best possible chances of success, staff from across the academy will be delivering short taster lessons throughout the evening to give prospective students an insight into the courses that are of interest to them.

There will also be opportunities to look around the facilities, meet current students and get advice from local universities on admissions and student finance. Head of post-16, Rachel Wilkinson, said: "Events like these provide students considering coming to our academy with a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for the place, as well as finding out more about the courses they're particularly interested in. "The event is designed to be informal and informative; giving students and their parents the time to explore, speak to our academic and support teams, and get the answers to any questions they may have."

Emma Turner, assistant head of post-16 adds: "Making the decisions about where to study after 16 and what to study can be life-changing. It's important that people make informed decisions which will help them move on successfully into the next stage of their lives. Open days and taster events like ours can help give a sense of what it would be like to study here. …