Activities – Core Programme

We offer a core programme of activity and projects which are available for delivery to our target schools. The engagements which we offer as part of the core programme are for students in Years 9 – 13 and are designed to be an ideal fit for the pupils in terms of curriculum links and supporting students with future planning and decision making depending upon what stage of their education they are currently at – for example during Year 11 we are able to offer a variety of different support with helping students to make the right post-16 choices for them, whether that choice is A-Levels, BTECs, College or Sixth Form. The delivery of our activities is split between in-school sessions, and on campus sessions, which take place at our partner universities and colleges. Please see below for an overview of what we offer. While we have split these into the Key Stages we feel they would be most suitable for, we are more than happy to adapt them to deliver them to the students you feel would benefit most. These engagements listed as ‘Core Programme’ are bookable throughout the academic year, whenever they would benefit your students most.

Alongside our core activities, we also run a number of additional activities which might be targeted at certain groups of students, focused on a particular area of the curriculum or focused on a specific career pathway. We run these additional activities with the support of our partner universities and colleges, as well as partners from different career sectors, such as the NHS Careers Hub, for our NHS and healthcare focused work.

If you think your students would benefit from a type of engagement which is not listed on this page, please contact the relevant project officer for your area who will be able to discuss with you how our existing activities could be adapted to best meet the needs of your students.

KS3 / Year 9

The engagements on offer through the Shaping Futures programme start at year 9. For pupils in this year group who have had limited prior engagement with Higher Education institutions we offer an in school talk entitled “What is university?” to give an overview of Higher Education and answer any questions which may arise.

We also provide student life talks for Key Stage 3 and offer a workshop focused around making the right Key Stage 4 options for those schools who make options choices in year 9.

For schools who would like to bring year 9 pupils onto campuses, we are happy to offer campus visit days which provide the opportunity to meet some current students and get a feel for what a university or college is like.

KS4 / Year 10 and 11

Progressing into Key Stage 4, sessions include “Why go to university?” and a workshop focused around making the right Level 3 choices. We can offer a Prospectus Relay activity which is an interactive session designed to boost familiarisation with the different courses on offer at degree level, and also be-spoke homework clubs or mentoring programmes for smaller groups.

Campus visit days with a subject specific focus are available, and as part of our additional activities with other partners we plan to offer a Health Skills Show and Patient Journey Days working closely with our local NHS Careers Hub. More details to follow on the website in the new school term.

KS5 / Year 12 and 13

For young people in years 12 & 13, Shaping Futures can provide a range of in school talks and support workshops ranging from support with the UCAS applications process & personal statements to student finance workshops and study skills sessions.

Our offer for young people during Key Stage 5 is focused around helping to guide and support them in their decision making, and ensuring that any uncertainties or concerns regarding Higher Education or the applications process are addressed.

Additional Activities

Alongside our core programme offer, we have a number of smaller, more focused additional projects, some of which are delivered in partnership with other organisations, including partner institutions within the Shaping Futures programme, charities and other third parties.

Merseyside Young Psychologists and Life Scientists

Shaping Futures have partnered with the University of Liverpool School of Health and Life Sciences on the Merseyside Young Psychologists and Merseyside Young Life Scientists projects, which will give Year 12 students with an interest in these areas a chance to find out more, explore University labs and develop skills valuable to these career paths. You can find out more about the project here.

LJMU Mentoring Programme

Shaping Futures and Liverpool John Moores University are working together to offer an inspiring mentoring programme for your school or college. The programme aims to raise the aspirations of students in Years 10 to 13 through interactive Student Advocate led sessions over a 5 week period. When working with Year 10 and 11 the programme incorporates English and Maths revision sessions where possible, which aim to highlight the important of GCSEs in considering Futher and Higher Education. If you’re interested in this programme, please contact Jane Colebourn by email: or phone: 0151 904 6449 / 07816 153060

Through the Eyes of Boys

Through the Eyes of Boys is a project focused on working with young men from working class backgrounds, aiming to support them in their educational journey and raise their aspirations while also helping students to build their confidence and develop their team work and problem solving skills. The project is currently in a pilot phase with four schools involved, but will extend to include a new Year 10 cohort in September 2017.

Liverpool City Region Health Skills Show

We’re really pleased to announce that we’ll be partnering with colleagues in the Mersey NHS Careers Hub, All About Stem and the Apprenticeships Hub to offer the Liverpool City Region Health Skills Show, offering students in Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Halton and the Wirral a chance to explore the wide variety of healthcare professions available to them. You can find out more about the LCR Health Skills Show here.