WCSQM Virtual Symposium 1st July 2021

WCSQM Virtual Symposium 1st July 2021

World Class Futures

Unlocking Our Voice

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Welcome to the Symposium from the students of Sandringham School


A focus on the future

At our 2021 Virtual Symposium this summer we are looking to the future. The future of your staff as World Class practitioners, the future of your curriculum, the future of your students as World Class citizens.

We want to support your staff to look forwards, and rediscover why they love teaching.  We want to support your students to explore again, their dreams, ambitions and aspirations. Your students have been in lockdown.  Now we want them to unlock their voice.  

Facilitating the transition from school to the workplace is not a new challenge for schools. But research suggests that, for students who have lived through the pandemic, this transition is where they are going to be most vulnerable. 

For our Symposium therefore we will be partnering with World Class lead schools, careers advisory networks, top international employers,  and the UK’s lead recruitment organisation, professional networking platform LinkedIn, to deliver presentations, open up debates, run competitions, answer questions and provide invaluable tips and advice from the experts. This is a free, online event for the school leaders, staff and students of our accredited World Class primary and secondary schools.

What you can expect on the day

Insights from our event sponsors, Performance Learning

We have been looking for some innovative, ground-breaking research on whether there is really a learning gap and what to do if there is.  Our event sponsors, World Class recommended Performance Learning, and their CEO, Tej Samani, have it.  Tej will be sharing his insights in an exclusive keynote address, and running a session for your students on how to guarantee their futures will be World Class.

WCSQM Essay Competition 2021 – the big reveal!

We’re looking forward to revealing the incredibly exciting guest judge of the 2021 essay writing competition. A talented author, guest speaker and writing ambassador, our competition judge will be widely recognised for their hugely popular series of novels, adapted for TV by the BBC. Attend live for the big reveal from our mystery judge of the essay competition question, and the winners’ prize, as well as hosting a live Q&A session. Students in Years 4-8 in particular will not want to miss this!

St Mary ‘s College, Hull will be delivering sessions on…

Soft skills in subject specialisms the soft skills students need in specific subject areas and how we as World Class practitioners can support them in developing these.

World Class provision for health and social care pathways – a presentation on St Mary’s pioneering Medical Health and Social Care Academy.

Trinity College Cambridge

Trinity College Cambridge students will be delivering a session on the characteristics needed to be a World Class under graduate student.

Premier Advisory Group present on the DWP’s Kickstart Scheme for Schools

This unmissable presentation from Premier Advisory Group (PAG), an approved Kickstart Gateway, will give schools expert advice and guidance on how they can benefit from the Department of Work and Pension’s (DWP’s) Kickstart Scheme, enabling schools to hire staff for a period of six months, with their salaries fully funded by the DWP. The presentation, which will include a Q&A session, will be led by a team of PAG consultants who have been actively and successfully engaging with the programme since its inception and will, by the time it has finished, have helped hundreds of schools to give meaningful work placements to thousands of young people.

Get involved with a range of sessions…
From LinkedIn
  • An overview of the top trending skills in the current workplace
  • A careers panel aimed at KS4 students led by the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms
  • ‘Rock your Profile’ – aimed at KS4 students – tips and advice on building and using your LinkedIn profile most effectively as a World Class students 
  • A session for primary and secondary students focusing on skills developed during lockdown
  • A session for schools on building a LinkedIn profile capitalising on being World Class. 

LinkedIn will be offering free online sessions for World Class schools and students in the run-up to the Symposium on effective profile building. Visit the LinkedIn page for more information and to sign up.

A presentation from careers educators Careers Network on what World Class careers education in primary and secondary schools looks like.

Tell us about your World Class careers education – we’re looking to showcase best practice examples of careers education in primary and secondary schools, and we’d love to feature yours. We’re also looking to work with careers education organisations looking to reach thousands of students UK wide, so if you work with an organisation you would recommend, please do put us in touch.

WCSQM Virtual Awards Ceremony

We will be celebrating and awarding our

  • 2021 accrediting and re-accrediting World Class Schools
  • World Class School of the Year 2020
  • World Class Individual Student of the Year Awards for each of our six framework areas
  • Alumni Association competition winners

Nominate your students for World Class Student of the Month – they could end up on our student Hall of Fame, and all winners / commended students will be in with a chance of being awarded a WCSQM Characteristic Award at the Symposium.

For students

Mobilising Your Voice

  1. The Talk-Off Competition  – Submit a video of yourself  presenting a speech,  entitled ‘Better Yourself By….’ of no more than five minutes long. 

Here are example  speeches  and below is a top tips video to help you. Those students short -listed will  feature in the live Talk-Off on the day of the Symposium. 


  1.   Unlocking your voice – Submit a video to be featured at the Symposium,  maximum 15 seconds, saying why you are  World Class, beginning with ‘As a World Class student  I am….’ Here are example videos.

Submit 1. and/ or 2. to info@worldclassschools.org  by 17th June.  By submitting, if you are over 13, you give your permission for WCSQM to share your video publicly.  If you are under 13, your school must have gained full permissions. 

The WCSQM Alumni Association Committee will lead an exciting session for World Class alumni students in Years 5-13. 

Who / how to attend

The Symposium is free to attend for accredited World Class schools. Sessions will take place over the course of the day on 1st July, and a recording of sessions will be shared with attendees following the event. If you are a student or member of staff of an accredited World Class school contact us to register for the event.

We are interested in partnering with any of the following organisations / networks to deliver sessions for the benefit of our network of World Class staff and students:

  • Careers education / development organisations / networks
  • Graduate employers / apprenticeship schemes
  • Higher education providers

If you represent any of the above organisations, or represent any other organisation you feel would benefit World Class schools and students on the subject of World Class Futures, please do get in touch.

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