What Next Sussex – a great success for the region

What Next Sussex, a My Choices event run by Sussex Learning Network, Coast to Capital Careers Hub and East Sussex Careers Hub with Elev8Careers was broadcast in schools and homes on the 4th November with an incredible 10,000 viewing devices watching across two events.

Students, teachers and parents tuned in in their thousands to find out about the options available to them from across Sussex. With over fifty educational providers, employers, training and apprenticeship providers involved, the event gave learners an invaluable opportunity to explore all that Sussex has to offer to learners after GCSE.

A survey carried out showed that students highly valued the event with a massive 86.5% agreeing or strongly agreeing that by taking part in the event they are more aware of their options for further study. 75.4% said they felt more motivated to succeed in their GCSEs and 79.8 said they felt more confident to be able to talk about what they want to do next. 

Some feedback from students:

‘As a student, I learned a lot about how to get my dream job of becoming a teacher, people in chat were great help and weren’t waiting long for a response, the videos were informative as well and in general has really helped me out!’

‘Amazing work, keep this up, it helped and I am a year 10, Year 11's must be so grateful many thanks, you have helped me decide on my dream job!’

‘I liked the parts about having hope especially during times of covid and boosted my motivation to work harder.’

84 schools registered to take part and the response from teachers has been really positive with 83% of teacher respondents saying that they would recommend the event to other schools and 75% agreeing or strongly agreeing that the What Next Sussex event will help their students progress onto their next steps better informed and more confident.

Some feedback from teachers:

‘The information provided was fantastic and of high quality. Particularly liked the live sections interspersed with the videos.’

‘Informative, easy to understand videos with local examples. Straightforward to access.’         

‘Our students found it very informative and it made them think in depth about their futures.’