The transition from sixth form to college and university is huge and for many young people this is the first time they will live away from home – sometimes many miles away. Whilst being exciting, this can also be an anxious time for many as they negotiate where to live, keeping themselves safe and managing their own finances.
A new resource has recently been published by Student Minds to support students with their transition from school or college to university. ‘Know Before you Go’ contains lots of useful information for new students from making decisions, becoming independent, paying bills, study skills and flatmate issues to identity questions and embedded throughout is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed.
The Alcohol Education Trust are also interested in how prepared sixth formers feel for life after school and are inviting them to complete a survey to hear their views. The survey will focus on alcohol, drugs and mental health but will also ask about money worries and thoughts on changing friends. There is also a questionnaire for those working with sixth formers so teachers can get involved too!
If you would be interested in your sixth form taking part in this important work, if you’d like to compete a teacher survey, or if you would like to pilot the programme once developed, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.