Who is What Next Sussex aimed at?
Year 11 students are the target audience along with their parents/carers and teachers. Some year 10s and 12s may want to engage too, but it is primarily aimed at those moving from level 2 to level 3 study next September 2021.

The afternoon is for students and teachers and the evening for students and their parents/carers.

How will the event run?
This is a replication of a face to face post 16 event. There will be 1.5 hours of footage available to watch in real time which will be tailored to students for the afternoon session and students and parents/carers for the evening event.

During the 4th November event viewers can:

  • watch the live footage all the way through
  • and/or watch additional pre-recorded footage available
  • and/or ask questions of the post 16 providers via chat

The providers will be available via chat to answer questions privately or publicly.

How do I use live chat during the event?

A key element of the 4th November event is the live chat where students and their parents/carers can ask the providers (colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers) questions via chat.

To find out more about using the live chat during the event watch:

Students / Teachers: https://vimeo.com/426183878

Employers / Providers: https://vimeo.com/413590747

Is the content available before and after the event?

From mid October we will be adding provider information to our website www.getcareerconfident.co.uk. The providers will be searchable by provider type or by qualification and the providers will be shown on a map. This content will remain available on the website, and after the live event you will also be able to access the Learn Live platform till summer 2021. We recommend schools have a look at www.getcareerconfident.co.uk in advance of the live event so students can see which providers they might want to ask questions of and teachers and students can find out more about what to expect in the live event.


How can I present the event to SLT?
While there will be content available before and after November 4th, the live event will allow young people to connect with post 16 providers from across Sussex in real time.

This means by allowing your Year 11s access schools will be:

  • Meeting the Baker Clause requirements (a law stipulating that schools must ensure that a “range of education and training providers” have access to pupils from year 8 to year 13).
  • Meeting Gatsby 7: Encounters with further and higher education.
  • Providing a crucial opportunity for your students to engage for free with a range of post 16 providers (especially when for most institutes any internal post 16 events will not be possible this term), so that they can make informed choices about their futures.

How essential is it for schools to watch the live event at 1.30-3pm on November 4th?
Between 1.30pm and 3pm and 6pm and 7.30pm all providers will be available online for students to interact with. We strongly recommend schools try to attend at some point during the afternoon session to make the most of the provider availability.

If you find you are not able to make arrangements for your whole Year 11 cohort to take part in the afternoon session, we recommend you make arrangements for your learners who are less likely or who will be unable to engage in the evening session due to digital access issues.

What’s the best way to watch the live event?
You can watch the event in a variety of ways:

  • Students using individual computers/phones and headphones to watch the main streamed video content and/or the additional content and ask questions individually
  • In class or an assembly they watch the main streamed video content and/or the additional content agreed by consensus, and then they ask their own chat questions on individual computers or phones.
  • In class or an assembly they watch the main streamed video content and/or the additional content agreed by consensus, and the teacher facilitating asks questions on students behalf (you may want students to contribute questions in advance by putting them anonymously in a box for example).

Do we need to do any preparation for the event?
We recommend you visit www.getcareerconfident.co.uk with students from mid October to look through the providers. There will also be a video there talking through what to expect at the event. To join on the day you will need a screen with internet access and sound. All schools signed up will receive further information prior to the event.

How can we let teachers and parents/carers know?
We will be doing a video for both to explain how to engage with the live event. We will also provide a template you can send via email/letter home to parents and carers about the evening event. In addition we will be sending postcards home to families to make them aware of the evening event.


How long does the pre-recorded footage need to be?
Ideally 2/3 minutes but you can send additional footage if you want to, which we will host on the Get Career Confident website.

The footage should be about your offer and provision. This can include some reference to careers if relevant. We are also including apprenticeship providers and HE providers across Sussex so if you offer that provision it would be helpful to include that in the video.

How will the Q&A sessions run?
The Q&A runs throughout both the afternoon and evening live events and is via written chat. Visitors can choose to have their question and your response visible to everyone or private. We will be sending further information in due course about what to expect.