The Visions Programme is a series of workshops created by the Oxford ACS to address the barriers faced by state comprehensive school students of African-Caribbean descent in year 9, 10 and 11. We have identified these years in particular, the pivotal stages of a student’s life as they begin to consider the options available to them after they leave secondary education. The Visions Programme is our way of ensuring that the next generation of African/Caribbean students are focused, motivated and equipped for their next steps in life – whatever those steps may be.
Visions is in no way limited to students that fit the typical gifted and talented criteria. Students possess a diverse array of talents and there are many reasons why these may not be observable in the classroom. So we look to engage students that show potential in a broader range of areas. It aims to give participants a greater appreciation for the importance of forward planning, teamwork, and constant reflection. Students will be encouraged to use these skills to develop practical approaches to their next steps in life, building their personal 6-month Vision Plan in the process. They will also be better prepared to engage with the different paths available to them be it academic, professional, entrepreneurial, or otherwise.
The second part of the programme consists of a follow up summer session, where we bring together all of the students from the workshops. This gives us the chance to re-engage with them, check their progress and provide specific guidance on how apply what they’ve learnt as they move into their next academic year. For the students it will be a great opportunity to come together and reflect as a group. We also intend to set up an online platform, where resources (academic, work experience etc.) can be shared and publicised among the cohort. We will encourage the students to use this as a platform to engage with each other, share advice and progress collectively.