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Make The Grade Interview Practice

Post 16 students were the latest cohort to benefit from the enrichment activities made available to the school through Leeds Ahead's 'Make the Grade' initiative, which aims to enable schools to improve educational outcomes through long-term partnerships with business.  Our students have already benefited from a number of activities including a Year 9 Careers Event and involvement in a local competition to design and pitch a new flavour of ice cream to Asda executives, to name but a couple.  Other events are being planned, including a mock trial later this month at the Town Hall with Pudsey Legal (more news to follow.)

This latest event was aimed at Post 16 students in order to develop and improve interview techniques.  The venue was provided by Crawshaw's co-opted Trust partner, Leeds Trinity University in Horsforth, where on 27th February and 6th March, over 40 6th Form students were invited to attend an interview conducted by colleagues from our partner businesses; Pudsey Legal, Asda and Baker Tilly.  Students were required to complete a formal application in advance and made their own way to the event.  It was great to see them arrive dressed formally the occasion.   The interviews lasted 20 minutes, each followed by 10 minute feedback session. 

“It was a major confidence builder.”

The feedback received from the students was very positive and there was a huge buzz when they came out of their interviews.  Most students commented on how the session had helped their confidence and knowledge of how to act in an interview session and helped them to think more carefully about aspects of preparation such as research and journey planning.  Of the students who attended, 98% stated that they enjoyed the activity with 100% feeling they had achieved the learning objectives of the activity (including how to be successful at a job interview and how what they learn at school is useful when applying for jobs). 

“The feedback they gave me helped a lot!”

Thanks very much to Leeds Ahead and our partners for their support in planning and carrying out the day.  It was a great success and another demonstration of the impact of Make the Grade on our enrichment activities across the school.  More news will follow via the school website, weekly e-Bulletin and Twitter (@CrawshawSchool)

You can read Pudsey legal's blog about the event here.