Mixing Your Life Cocktail – An Intro to Choices & Employability (Online Session: Yr9-13 Students)

Please note – This activity carries a cost and can only be only be booked by schools or colleges

60-75 minute online webcast via Zoom, or a school’s Microsoft Teams, focused on current worries students experience (Covid-19, the impact of remote learning), motivations for school and life after, and student wellbeing (physical and mental). We use games, polls, presentation and discussion (live chat, Q&A) to help students understand employability (what Push call ’roundedness’), how to develop it, and to get excited about building theirs…so they can make a life, not just a living. This is an incredibly popular in-schools live event, adapted to an online audience. The session is suitable (and adapted accordingly) to any students in years’ 9-13.

Overall objectives: online participants receive Push’s top tips for remote learning and building employability during this time. We use anecdotes, humour and stories to generate a rapport with students, and the session is kept at high-energy with no 5 minutes being the same, and regular interactive polls meaning students cannot just sit and watch. We generate an online conversation to get students to come up with the other tips for building employability and ideas around how to best make choices, and Push relay some wider advice on keeping positive, fit, healthy and keeping to a routine during this difficult time. Participants take part in polls, powerpoint, discussions, vote on challenge-the-presenters games (and forfeits), and can submit their questions at the end of the session in an anonymous Q&A. Some questions are answered live (depending on time) and all are answered afterwards and sent to the students via a PDF summary of the event (including session slides and useful followup links). We don’t require students’ email addresses, as this is sent to the teacher who can circulate to all attendees. This session is part of Push’s unique framework on employability, designed by Johnny Rich.

Presenters: the online session is hosted by Aron Tennant (Push manager and professional screenwriter) and Moj Taylor (Push lead presenter and comedian/actor/diver). Both have studied to MA-level in creative writing and performance, respectively, and both have an enhanced DBS. They have performed 1,000s of Push sessions collectively.

Safeguarding and GDPR: all students’ answers are kept anonymous to all other students, in the chat or in the Q&A, and all mics/cameras are off for attendees. The teacher is made a host alongside Aron and Moj, and only hosts can control these settings. Hosts can also monitor all chat, or any concerns raised by a student, that the school can then follow up with the individual or their parents. We require no student email addresses for this session: the teacher sends out the link shortly before the session (to ensure minimal chance of students circulating the link). We ensure this is a sustained and progressive activity, with a followup summary to non-students. Push can immediately block or eject any attendee based on behaviour. The teacher can take a live register of all attendees through the session. All presenters have enhanced DBSs.