Make Happen Teachers and Advisors Conference 2022

Our annual Teachers and Advisors conference saw staff from schools across Essex come together for a day of networking, collaboration and CPD. Below we have included the presentations from the day as well as some additional beneficial resources.

Welcome and overview

Writtle University Welcome
Overview of Make Happen

Outreach offers from local HE providers

Anglia Ruskin University
University of East London
University of Essexadditional information and resources 
Writtle University College

Additional Sessions

Supporting Progression of Care Experienced Students 
Supporting Progression of SEND Students
Writing UCAS ReferencesOSCAR (Online System for Completing Applications & References)



Looking for extra resources, guidance and information? Toolkits and tasters? Video explainers?

Find them here.

Toolkits and teachers’ resources

The Thriving Lives Toolkit
Helping schools support children and young people in Armed Forces families

The Thriving Lives Toolkit interactive platform developed by the SCiP Alliance in partnership with the Office for Students Uni Connect Programme and The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust was launched in May 2022. The Thriving Lives Toolkit is a free evidence-based framework of seven principles to assess, develop and implement a support structure to best allow Service children to thrive. Read more about the launch of the toolkit on our news page. 


Teachers’ resources from the supporting service children event on 28 February 2022

On behalf of Make Happen, neaco and the SCiP Alliance, we’d like to thank you for joining us on Monday 28 February 2022, for the event: How to best support your service children. We hope you found the content useful and took away some helpful tips, especially in relation to embedding the Thriving Lives toolkit to help you support your service children. For those teachers who were not able to join us, I have attached the slides above, as well as the delegate handbook, which includes information on the Thriving Lives toolkit. You can watch the recording of the event here. We’re also asking teachers to please complete this evaluation from the session – thank you.



ask programme

Transition support

As students in years 11 and 13 prepare to make the transition to their next phase of employment or training the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme has been expanded to offer teachers new  resources to help support and advise students to consider their local options and understand what’s available locally.



colchester institute

Toolkits, tasters and posters

Colchester Institute has produced a useful schools’ liaison toolkit, with some great, clear resources and videos or schools to use, such as a quick introductory video, subject information posters, and prospectuses.


T Levels

The T Level lowdown pack

T-Levels have produced a range of useful resources for teachers and careers advisers, including digital tools and poster bundles, to equip you with the information you need to help your students and their parents and carers understand the new courses and engage with T Levels.


eyes on the prize

Journey towards uni for years 8 and 9

For students in years 8 and 9: Anglia Ruskin University is encouraging school students in years 8 and 9 to discover more about how you can go from where you are today towards your future at university, a degree apprenticeship, and your career with this new teacher’s resource called ‘Eyes on the Prize.’


key stage 3

Journey towards uni for years 7 and 8

For students in years 7 and 8: we’ve produced this teacher’s resource: ‘My journey from KS3 to Higher Education’ for years 7 and 8 that invites teachers to discover a fresh approach to helping your students explore future options. The programme is six flexible bitesize sessions, lasting 20 to 30 minutes each, to be used during tutor time.


uoe activity guide

Essex outreach activity in one place

The University of Essex outlines its outreach for schools and colleges activity offer in this University of Essex outreach activities (PDF) download. Take a look to find out about the many activities the University’s outreach team that for school and colleges to get involved with, including primary, secondary and sixth form; from summer school sand taster weeks to open days.


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Writtle’s teacher’s hub

Taster days, campus tours, school visits and curriculum support – visit the Writtle College teacher’s hub which signposts you to activities and events to give your students a taste of studying at Writtle.


uel outreach

UEL’s videos, tasters and more 

Explore the University of East London’s upcoming events, short explainer videos, and programme of workshops, progression sessions, ambassador or academic visits, open events and taster days.