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SSAT Aspirations Show 2019

Raise the aspirations of your students by inspiring and energising them as they shape their future goals

Suitable for students from years 9 and 10


Following the success of last year’s inaugural Aspirations Show, which saw students from schools all over the country come together to hear from inspirational speakers and participate in interactive workshops, this year’s SSAT Aspirations Show 2019 will inspire, energise and support your students as they shape their future goals.

Aimed at students from years 9 and 10 who may be lacking in confidence or aspiration, the event sets out to equip young people to make better choices and decisions, particularly at important transition stages.

By engaging in practical activities and hearing the personal stories of people who work in a variety of industries, your students will leave with a range of tips, techniques and new ideas to help them forge their own path to success.

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Inspirational speaker sessions
Hear from individuals on different journeys to success who will help your students understand the importance of aspirations and how they can develop the key skills and personal qualities that will be useful whatever the future may bring.

Interactive workshops
Opportunity to get involved in one-hour workshops blending together engaging discussion topics and hands-on activities. Your students will have a choice of two sessions to give them a flavour of the skills and attributes needed to succeed in the world of work and beyond.

Want to know more about the SSAT Aspirations Show?
Download the 2018 impact report

Any questions?
Email adviseme@ssatuk.co.uk or call 020 7802 0655.

Session Info

How to succeed when faced with challenge

Rose Dyson, Founder & CEO, Pura Cosmetics

Rose will reflect on her entrepreneurship journey, starting Pura Cosmetics as part of her secondary school’s enterprise challenge at the age of 15 with just £25 pocket money, to being named the Most Promising Teenage CEO in the UK and Ireland just three years later! She will share the successes and obstacles she has faced along the way, as well as some extraordinary experiences that have come her way. Rose will explore how, as an entrepreneur and in life in general, you have to wear many ‘hats’ and will outline the varied roles and skills involved in being your own boss. Rose will also share her top tips for success and encourage all students to aim high, emphasising that it is never too early or too late to make a change for the better and absolutely anything is possible when you put your mind to it.


Coping under pressure

Stuart Kay, Schools Director, Youth Sport Trust

Young people have never faced more pressure than they do in 2019. Whether it be pressure to do well at school, in their exams, in life. Whether the pressure comes from our teachers and schools, or our friends and peers, it is hard to be a teenager, and increasingly hard to cope. In this session you will hear some practical strategies and ideas on how to be successful in a pressured world, and hear some first-hand examples of how Stuart coped – as a teacher, as a school leader and as a parent! Stuart has had the great privilege to work with lots of successful athletes. When we see them win gold medals we often don’t think about all the stress and pressure they have faced, all the sacrifices they have made to be successful. Stuart will also share with you the similarities they face in the quest to be successful athletes – the same things we all face in the quest to be successful people. We will look at how we can support our own mental health and the role PE, sport and being physical can play in this too!


What’s the Point? The truth about dreaming big and working hard

Louis Howell, Keshav Bhatt, Ishani Parekh, Co-Directors, Revolution Hive

“You can do anything you put your mind to.” “The world is your oyster.” “Nothing is impossible if you’re willing to work hard enough.”

Growing up, we all heard these common catchphrases. Today, we say the same thing to the young people that we are teaching, nurturing and developing. The question, however, is “Do they really believe they can do it?” In this informative and interactive session, Revolution Hive will share the secrets that have led them to inspiring, engaging and raising the aspirations of thousands of pupils in recent years. You will not leave today’s event the same – guaranteed!

Workshop Info

An introduction to social action through the lens of Raheem Sterling's response to racism

Nuh Hakim-Okomi, FBB Schools: North West Lead, Football Beyond Borders

This workshop will work through an introduction to social action through the lens of footballer, Raheem Sterling's response to racism. The young people will be introduced to the incident and response to racial abuse faced by Raheem Sterling during Manchester City's fixture against Chelsea.

They will follow Raheem's journey as he used the assets at his disposal to take control of the narrative and call for change. The young people will finish the session by thinking about what they care about, are best placed to tackle, and how they could act to create a change in their lives.


Leading change in the technology sector for a more gender-balanced workplace

Donna Robertson, Director, Modern Muse

In the UK, on average, women earn less than men. The difference between men and women’s average earnings is 17.9% and this is known as the Gender Pay Gap. Businesses across the UK are working hard to close this gap.

During this workshop, students will learn why the Gender Pay Gap exists and what needs to change. They will also hear from a panel of business leaders who will share their experiences and ways they are leading change.

Students will work in groups to brainstorm how they would lead this change and share their ideas with the room. Their ideas will be collated and shared on modernmuse.org and via Modern Muse’s social media channels.


Thinking like an entrepreneur: what’s it like to set up your own business?

Rose Dyson, Founder & CEO, Pura Cosmetics

Do you have students who like the idea of being their own boss but not sure where to begin? This workshop will focus on the key 4Ps of business – Product, Price, Place and Promotion. Bring their product or service to life on paper and leave ready to make it into a reality. There will also be a fun ‘Apprentice-style’ pitch at the end so students can share their big idea with their peers, an opportunity to get the first customers on board too!


Going from ambitious student to powerful professional: preparing and empowering you to boss your career journey

Louis Howell, Keshav Bhatt, Ishani Parekh, Co-Directors, Revolution Hive

As soon as they leave education, students have some decisions to make. In this interactive session, Louis and Keshav will prepare and empower your students to boss their career journey by introducing them to a range of real-life scenarios, that once they learn to navigate and conquer, will ensure they can go from ambitious student to powerful professional. Scenarios covered include: ‘Should I work my way up in a big company or be exposed to more at a small one?’, ‘What should I do if I want to start a business?’ and ‘How do I make sure my managers help me progress?’.

Speaker Info
Rose Dyson
Rose Dyson
Founder & CEO, Pura Cosmetics

Biography

Rose is a multi-award-winning 19-year-old entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of ethical lip care brand Pura Cosmetics. Having started her beauty business aged just 15 alongside her GCSE studies, Rose has gone on to create a full-time job for herself in Pura after completing her sixth form education. Rose has a plethora of titles including UK Young Trader of the Year in 2017 and the Most Promising Teenage CEO in the UK and Ireland in 2018. She is also the youngest ever interviewee in history to be featured on the BBC Business Live TV programme.


Stuart Kay
Stuart Kay
Schools Director, Youth Sport Trust

Biography

Stuart has been working within the education sector since 1997. Currently working as Schools Director for the Youth Sport Trust, Stuart identifies that young people have never faced more pressure than they do in 2019. Whether it be pressure to do well at school, in their exams, in life. Whether the pressure comes from their teachers and schools, or their friends and peers, it is hard to be a teenager, and increasingly hard to cope. In this session Stuart will be discussing some practical strategies and ideas on how to be successful in a pressured world, and you will hear first-hand examples of how Stuart coped – as a teacher, as a school leader and as a parent! Stuart has had the great privilege to work with lots of successful athletes. When we see them win gold medals we often don’t think about all the stress and pressure they have faced, all the sacrifices they have made to be successful and during his session, Stuart will also share with you the similarities they face in the quest to be successful athletes – the same things we all face in the quest to be successful people. How we can support our own mental health and the role PE, sport and being physical can play in this too!


Donna Robertson
Donna Robertson
Director, Modern Muse

Biography

Donna’s mission, as the Director of the Modern Muse charity, is to empower girls everywhere to make more informed career decisions, to increase diversity in the workplace and close the Gender Pay Gap. Modern Muse does this by showcasing the education and career journeys of over 1000 female role models, Muses, and many of the companies they work for, via www.modernmuse.org. Prior to Modern Muse, Donna was a director at everywoman, an organisation that works to advance women in business. In this role, she launched a personal development platform for women looking to progress their careers. Today, the platform has over 20,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Information

SSAT Aspirations Show 2019

1 July 2019
Manchester
09.00 - 15.15


Pricing

SSAT Member: £17+VAT
Non-member: £17+VAT

Prices are per person for students and accompanying teachers


Venue

The University of Manchester
Samuel Alexander Building
Oxford Rd
Manchester
E15 1NF

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