Hartlepool Sixth Form College

RAY Programme

The Raising Aspirations Youth Programme is designed to equip more able Year 9 and 10 pupils with the necessary skills to excel in their studies.

RAY Programme Information

What is the RAY Programme

The Raising Aspirations Youth Programme is designed to equip more able Year 9 and 10 pupils with the necessary skills to excel in their studies. It will help them to develop critical thinking skills by engaging in intellectual debates from the perspective of different disciplines. RAY pupils will be encouraged to explore the opportunities available to them and develop in confidence.

What is the aim of the programme?

At the end of the programme students will…

  • Have developed a good level of critical thinking skills
  • Have a high standard of research and communication skills
  • Be able to evaluate different types of evidence and explanations
  • Construct a persuasive argument both orally and in writing
  • Work effectively and learn from other students

What does the programme involve?

Year 9

  • Introduction to debating
  • 5 subject seminars
  • Essay Competition
  • Awards ceremony

Year 10

  • Completion of an academic project
  • Debating group
  • Learn more about what life is like at college
  • University visit
  • Final awards ceremony

To join the RAY Programme please complete our online application form.

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Year 9 Programme

Date Location Activity
Autumn Term
September Schools Introduce programme and application process to year 9 G&T pupils
11th October HSFC Launch for students and parents
20th October - Deadline for receipt of applications (Online application form)
1st November HSFC Selection process – Successful students will be informed via email
8th November
16:00-17:30
HSFC Introduction to debating- Reading pack distributed
22nd November
16:00-17:30
HSFC Debate preparation session, debate presentation to winning teams
Spring Term
10th January
16:00-17:15
HSFC Subject Seminar 1
7th February
16:00-17:15
HSFC Subject Seminar 2
7th March
16:00-17:15
HSFC Subject Seminar 3
18th April
16:00-17:15
HSFC Subject Seminar 4
9th May
16:00-17:15
HSFC Subject Seminar 5
Summer Term
6th June HSFC Award ceremony: All students

Year 10 Programme

Date Location Activity
Autumn Term
20th September
16:00-17:30
HSFC Introduce Y10 programme- Lets debate building on skills from last year
October (date TBC) University University Visit
4th October
16:00-17:30
HSFC Debating Competition
15th November
16:00-17:30
HSFC Study skills
29th November
16:00-17:30
HSFC Study skills
Spring Term
17th January
16:00- 17:30
HSFC ‘How is college different from School?’ Session delivered by HSFC students
21st February
16:00-17:15
HSFC Project session 1 - Planning
21st March
16:00-17:15
HSFC Project session 2 - Research
25th April
16:00- 17:15
HSFC Project session 3 - Feedback and Reflection
Summer Term
23rd May
18:00-19:00
HSFC Award ceremony: All students