I am a geography teacher responsible for all of the Enterprise education at school, and like most teachers with extra responsibilities, have little time in which to deliver this. From the moment I contacted WizeUp I felt totally at ease, Ed listened to my requirements and immediately responded with a variety of options and suggestions to suit. Wizeup products and services can be an extremely useful off the shelf option but what makes them stand out is their flexibility, willingness and ability to accommodate individual school’s requirements.
When I initially spoke to Ed 3 years ago about WizeUp participating in a new Enterprise education day about the world of work for our year 11 students, he not only agreed to help facilitate the day, but offered to deliver whatever type of workshop we wanted – that’s flexibility!
The overall aim of WOW is to better equip our students to be more competitive and influential in the increasingly global world of work. More specifically, it is to give our students an insight into the skills and attitudes required for the world of work and to give them the opportunity to practise, develop and demonstrate these in a familiar environment BUT with unknown professionals. All students attend in business dress and participate in a number of employability skills workshops as well as a mock interview with an external professional who gives invaluable personal verbal and written feedback to each student. WizeUp supports us all day in delivering not only an interviewing skills workshop but then a financial skills workshop.
Delivering a day such as this to a whole year group of 210 students is no mean feat and Ed Flack / WizeUp is key to not only informing and inspiring our students but enabling myself as the organiser to focus on the inevitable “on the day” small issues rather than worrying about what is happening in the classroom!
“My experience of dealing with WizeUp was exemplary. From an initial enquiry to the delivery of the session to the students the levels of communication were excellent and Ed was very accommodating about putting together a session in response the specific topics requested by our students. The talk on the day was interactive and highly informative and I am sure that the students will make use of the wide-range of information and support that Wizeup offer as a follow-up to the talk. I shall definitely be asking Ed back to speak to the students next year.”
Mary-Clare Startin, Deputy Head, Sixth Form
"Many thanks to the WizeUp team for the informative workshops given to our Year 12 students during their Activity Week. You answered their questions in a language they could understand and I am confident they and their parents will make use of the after service you offer. We will be inviting you back next year!"
Stephanie Rogers, Head of Year 12
"The WizeUp workshops on CV Writing and Interviews offered an invaluable contribution to our sixth-form PHSE and career advice programme. The workshops were well-structured and paced and were presented in a comprehensive and well-illustrated way. This allowed students to see an instant improvement on their CV writing and interview skills. All students were given free access to the WizeUp website to look at further resources and consolidate the material presented during the workshops. Our students’ feedback was very positive and no doubt we will be utilising WizeUp’s services in the future."
Aris Rogkotis - Director of Studies
“The students were really engaged and enjoyed learning about money management, which is a very important life skill. The WizeUp people are amazing, the children were focused all day and they – and I – learned a lot.”
Jo Linwood - Senior Life Skills Teacher
"Thank you for coming to speak to the girls yesterday. The feedback from both girls and staff has been really positive. Apparently the girls were doing their budgets in the common room later on yesterday and comments such as 'It's really depressing: I spend £300 and only have £100 coming in each month' and 'I spend so much money in Starbucks' were heard to be made! I will reiterate the use of the website to them."
Katie Banks - Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Year 12 students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.
They felt the presenters were highly knowledgeable, informative and used a respectful, non-patronising tone throughout. They thought the content was relevant to their needs and many observed that they now feel more confident about personal finances. The section regarding accommodation issues was received particularly favourably. Quite a few students said they had not even given the topic a thought and had been quite surprised when reference was made to some landlords possibly being exploitative.
The students were asked also if they had any suggestions for further development and some said they would have welcomed a few group activities others however were more than happy to listen and learn - obviously individual differences re preferred learning styles.
I did not receive any negative feedback form the students and when I asked them if we should run it again for next year's Yr 12s, the response was 'definitely' And I agree.
Lorraine Cuming, Head of Sixth Form
Thank you for coming. You managed to turn the complexity of student finance in to a gripping delivery that had them laughing and sitting on the edge of their seats. You simplified it beautifully and whilst they may not remember everything you said, at least they know where they can find help on your website. You are very welcome to return to talk to our Lower Sixth next year.
Alison Grant - Second Deputy Head
"Just a little feedback on your excellent sessions. The pupils have expressed that your sessions were the most beneficial ones of the whole three weeks, I am so pleased!"
Caron Beary - PSHE Co-ordinator
“The Banking and Budgeting workshops were essential for our students and were delivered in a dynamic and memorable way. The students loved the business-style layout of the room and the mature, professional approach - it felt like a business seminar, not a lesson. Ed is a no-nonsense facilitator with high expectations and he treated the students like adults. I would recommend WizeUp to any Upper School classes.”
Heather Wilson - Head of PSHE
“WizeUp provides the missing link so sadly lacking in the curriculum for a raft of essential skills from personal finance to getting organised for job interviews. Their pragmatic and inclusive approach supported by a range of materials was absolutely essential and I will be booking them again.”
Paul Jones - Head of Sixth Form
"This is to formally express our thanks for the excellent work which you and Mike Spooner did with our students yesterday. You managed to engage their interest very quickly and covered a lot of very valuable material. You helped them clarify their thinking and will have enabled them to make much more informed choices about their future. The students were still buzzing with excitement this morning and everybody we asked told us how useful the presentations and discussions had been.
You were also able to explain the complexities of student finance to a large audience of parents who also commented how helpful it was. I very much hope that we will be able to work together again in the future.
Maria Bates - Assistant Headteacher
"All was very positive - the only criticism was that the second part re NI and tax was too rushed - although I appreciate that you were doing your best to give us value for money by covering two topics during the session.
As I said at the time, your approach was excellent - you struck just the right note with our boys, so they were engaged: they liked the practical interview starter, it really grabbed their attention."
Caroline Fooks - Head of PHSE
"I thoroughly recommend the financial management sessions delivered by 'WizeUp'. Our sixth formers found the talks to be really informative and interesting, and they came to realise how much they had been in the dark on issues such as student loans, budgeting and credit cards. The organisation is extremely professional and the resources students are given access to are well pitched and relevant to enable them to make informed judgements about issues that will affect them at university and beyond. Thank you to Ed for all you did to make the day a stress-free success!"
Dawn Williams - Head of English
“School leavers today face complex financial issues, especially when they leave home for university or begin employment. Ed’s knowledge and enthusiasm gives them an opportunity to get prepared for life after Sixth Form. We are very grateful to Penrith Building Society whose financial support allows the yearly event to occur. The students were enthusiastic to have the opportunity to quiz an expert and gain practical knowledge that will help them for life.”
Sessions were tailored to meet Year 12’s varied aspirations whether that be: University, employment, apprenticeship or a gap year. Workshops focused on the financial implications of studying for a degree, what to look out for when opening a student bank account and knowledge about financial aspects of renting property or sharing a flat. Other sessions covered taxation, credit ratings as well as pay day loans and practical tips on how to start saving and investing for the future.
Rob Jackson Head of Sixth Form
“Mr Flack has an impressive wealth of knowledge on the financial issues that we as teenagers face. I learnt a lot about how to deal with financial problems and about the dangers and benefits of having a credit card at my age. I think I am now more aware of the consequences of debt and the ways to prevent falling into financial difficulties. As students' we are really grateful to Penrith Building Society for sponsoring this informative day at UCC.”
Tilly Bird - Ullswater Sixth Form Student
“The students were really engaged and got a huge amount from the workshops.”
Paul Tighe - Head of Academy Education