Successful learning for successful learners

Issue date: 15 September 2005

Successful learning for successful learners

The University of the West of England will today play host to almost 400 new sixth form students from the Castle School in Thornbury and Gordano School in Portishead. The students will enjoy a day-long conference on successful learning, jointly organised by the schools and UWE as part of its widening participation programme.

The students will be involved in a number of sessions, including a starring input from Toby Caldwell of Buzan. Buzan was founded by Tony Buzan, the world renowned inventor of mind maps and the multi-million copy best-selling author of “Use Your Head”, “Use Your Memory” and “The Mind Map Book”.

Gordano’s Head of Sixth Form, Andy Bethell, said “Both schools have a long tradition of giving students detailed induction at the start of their sixth form career, but we wanted to take this further. Following a joint conference involving teachers from both schools earlier in the year, we decided to focus a day on higher level learning skills. This is also an excellent opportunity for students to become aware of the opportunities available in universities, and the input from UWE is invaluable here. A majority of students in both our sixth forms eventually go on to study in universities, but we hope that by raising these issues at the start of their sixth form career they may be better prepared, and better motivated, for even greater long term success.”

Both Castle School and Gordano School have been awarded Leading Edge status, and as part of this function staff from a number of other schools in South Gloucestershire and North Somerset have been invited to join in with the conference.

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