The Connell Offer

Connell Co-op College is committed to supporting all our local schools with their CEIAG provision and around their Next steps education for post-16 and beyond.

We can work with Years 9, 10 and 11 and each offer can be tailored to different numbers of students or modified to meet your specific goals and examples are given as a starting point for a conversation.

To discuss arranging an event please contact

For Teachers

For Students 

As always we will continue to provide support by delivering assemblies, attending careers fairs or helping with mock interview days.

If you have  any other ideas about how we can work together please do not hesitate to get in touch 

CPD for teaching staff

The post-16 landscape. 

A member of our senior leadership can come to talk to your staff (all of them or a select group) about level 3 qualifications and the changing post-16 landscape. In the last few years Level 3 BTECs have changed significantly and other applied generals have grown in popularity e.g. Criminology from WJEC. T Levels are now also entering the space and they add a new dimension. 

A post-16 pathways talk can ensure that your staff have the understanding they need to advise students about their most appropriate next steps and will give them the evidence base to give the best advice on what subjects to choose and which qualifications to advise based on a student starting point and their desired career. 

There is a wealth of data on how these choices impact university admission and future employability. The length of the talk can be tailored to your needs and available time – anything from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the level of interactivity and discussion you would like to see take place.

BTEC Network Meetings

Connell has been an outstanding BTEC provider for a number of years at Level 2 and 3. Our outcomes are typically in the top 10% for all courses and QA from Pearson confirms the Centre as an excellent practitioner with repeatedly low risk ratings. As a provider with a number of BTECs our staff can work within subject areas and across the college to support each other. We recognise that in a school the scale of provision in BTEC means this is often not possible. Therefore we would like to start a series of regular BTEC network meetings to share best practice for BTEC delivery in general alongside subject specific groups.

Proposed Format: Twilight session starting at 3:30. 

3:30 – 4:15 Session 1 – best practice sharing and problem solving around centre BTEC QA and general approaches to TLA (break out group option for Quality Nominees) – other suggestions for the agenda welcome

4:30 – 5:15 Session 2 – subject specific workshop, next steps information, resource sharing, enrichment opportunities and ideas, how to prepare students for progression to Level 3 – other suggestions for the agenda welcome

Meetings to take place Termly.

Teachers from participating schools are also welcome to come to Connell to observe lessons as part of their CPD.

Enrichment and CEIAG For students 

BTEC Enrichment. 

Who – Delivered to your current BTEC students in Health and Social Care, Sport, Business or Applied Science 

When – at a date to suit you, sessions can be 1 lesson or longer

Where – at your site or, for a longer and deeper experience at Connell

What – a bespoke offer to suit you need 

A change of scene? 

As a new college, Connell has excellent facilities. If you would like to bring your students, a group of staff or even your governing body somewhere different for an event e.g. CPD, strategic meeting, subject revision day, we can make our spaces available for free. We want to give as many people in the community the opportunity to come to Connell and see what we have to offer. To book a space for an event please contact

A Career Pathway Experience Day 

CEIAG on any of the following career pathways including next steps for post 16 and beyond, taster lessons in related subjects and a themed problem to solve with team presentations and prizes. Included will be a tour of the building and an opportunity to meet students studying in these subject areas

Who – for students in Year 9, 10 or 11 can be arranged in the following subject areas


Timings can be flexible to suit your needs

Where  – at Connell

What – CEIAG on this area including next steps for post-16 and beyond, taster lessons in related subjects and a theed problem to solve with team presentations and prizes. Included will be a tour of the building and an opportunity to meet students studying in these subject areas.

Grade Booster

Available in English Language or Maths we will offer a twilight grade booster session for 3/4 borderline students or those working for 7+. Topics can be suggested by your team, we usually take students into small groups for a micro-teach and practice and operate a carousel. ‘Take away’ materials will also be provided, the session is supported by our teachers and A-level students and will include light refreshments during the break. The subject workshop can be followed by a next steps progression presentation focused on this subject and involving a university provider.

Who – Year 10/11 students

When – An evening to suit you, we ask that a member of staff attends

Where – At Connell

Subject talk 

Have a subject specialist from any area of our curriculum come into a class to talk about studying this course at Level 3 (BTEC/A Level as appropriate) and what it can lead to in the future. Can be delivered with a ‘taster’ activity of what the subject is like at post-16.

Who – Year 9/10/11 students

When – To suit you

Where – At your school

Apply for Sept 2023

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 January 2023.