Useful websites and sources for students to stretch and challenge their learning
MET students are expected to regularly interact with resources to widen their understanding of themselves and the world we live in.
Key Stage 3 and 4
- https://help.crestawards.org/portal/kb/crest-awards. Students pick a single project or series of challenges that will allow them to meet the criteria for their selected Award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold). These projects can be around any STEM topic or theme. When applying for university or for an apprenticeship, CREST Awards are highly regarded by admissions officers and employers as having a CREST Award demonstrates an understanding of the scientific method. Also, having a CREST Awards shows that you possess useful skills, such as problem solving, creating thinking, decision making and project management.
- https://complete-careers.com/resources/ and https://complete-careers.com/crazy-careers-videos/. These resources aim to ensure that all learners have the skills, knowledge, attitudes and aspirations to develop a good understanding of themselves, the full range of opportunities available to them, and the capacity to achieve their ambitions and manage the challenges of employment in the 21st Century. The resources are designed to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks and Ofsted requirements in relation to Careers development.
Key Stage 3 to 5
- https://www.ted.com/playlists/129/ted_under_20 Designed for students, watch and listen to talks from scientists, musicians, innovators, activists – all under the age of 20. Watch these short clips to feed students curiosity and thirst to learn..
- https://thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-pupils/info-for-pupils/This resource has a range of sessions available to view on university information, advice and guidance, which are suitable for students aged 10-18 interested in learning more about university and the application process. Resources are broken down by age group to support students identify which are the most suitable. They include:
- Subject choice: A Levels and Degrees
- Thinking about university (especially suitable for pupils in their final years of school)
- How to show passion for your subject (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
- Life at university: accommodation and living at university (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
- Life at university: clubs and societies (especially suitable for pupils in final years of school)
- University applications
- Life at university: studying at university
- Life at university: beyond your degree
- https://www.mensa.org.uk/puzzles.“ A workout for your brain – MENSA style!”
- https://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/. Resources for all students to stretch and challenge themselves in a wide range of subjects and areas collated by the Jesus College, University of Oxford. For more information, please see here.
Key Stage 4 and 5
- The University of Cambridge Super-Curriculum Suggestions is a very comprehensive list of websites relating to the courses that are offered and the suggested reading and research in each area. To view the document, please see here.
- The best aspect of the super-curricular activities is that there are no exams or deadlines to worry about – you are free to follow your own lines of enquiry into the areas that interest you the most. Rather than seeing this as a ‘tick box exercise’ to give you something to write about in your personal statement, you should take time to explore things that you genuinely find interesting and see where your investigations lead you.
- https://www.dofe.org/. Any young person can do their Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE), regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.
- https://www.ted.com/playlists/270/small_ways_to_change_the_world is a useful starting point
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts for a range of factual and fiction podcasts
MAGAZINES AND ONLINE RESOURCES TO ACCESS:
https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/resources/magazines-and-newspapers-for-children-and-teenagers. This website includes magazines such as National Geographic, “the world renowned periodical examining modern Geography, Science and Natural History,” New Scientist, “a leading weekly publication looking at the world of science, nature and technology” to Prospect, “full of contemporary think pieces about current issues and opinions in modern western society.”
Details of all the site of the resources listed above can be found on the original websites: