Steve Oakes will be delivering a session of VESPA training at MMU on 22nd November from . Steve has co-authored a couple of books – one around the GCSE Mindset and one the ‘A’ Level Mindset – and is a guest lecturer at the University. The research looked at students who didn’t perform so well at GCSE but then went on to thrive in their ‘A’ Levels, and vice versa, and the reasons for this. They concluded that students who scored highly on the following qualities were more successful:
Vision – They know what they want to achieve
Effort – They put in many hours of proactive independent study
Systems – They organise their learning resources and their time
Practice – They practice and develop their skills
Attitude – They respond constructively to setbacks
They found that these characteristics beat cognition, and that ‘ceiling’ students had significant gaps in one or more of these characteristics. The findings are equally applicable to university-level students.
In order to develop these skills in students they developed what is called the VESPA model; a series of 40+ activities which help students to develop these 5 qualities. The training being delivered on 22nd will introduce attendees the VESPA model and train them to deliver these activities.
The training session is open to MMU staff who might be interested in delivering some of these activities through their practice. It will be free to attend. If you are interested, please contact Helen Lord (email@example.com), Transition and Peer Support Manager.