Making options choices can be daunting. It is the first time a student can influence the diet of subjects they experience at School. Until now most students in a year group have had the same curriculum experience as their friends.
Students who make the best choices are the students who:
- Know themselves well. They know what “inspires them” and what “turns them off”. They know how they like to study, and what motivates them to work hard. They know what they do and don’t enjoy. They have a good understanding of their current performance in the subjects they have studied so far.
- Have made the effort to research and understand the options available to them. They have listened carefully during options assemblies. They have read the information on the web site. They have spoken to subject teachers about the details of the courses on offer.
- Understand they are already on a career journey. They have begun to think about their longer-term education/career goals. They either have a clear idea of what they want to do and how they are going to get there, or they have no clear long-term objectives and so are looking to keep their “options open”.