Academic Success

Educational Weekend Workshops & Seminars

At Sutherland Education all our students are entitled to attend our free educational weekend courses, no matter which level of guardianship they have selected.  As Education Guardians, we are committed to seeing our students succeed on their individual academic pathway and to this end we have put together specially designed classes on:  UCAS Application; Interview Technique; Career Choices and Study Skills.  Students can choose particular sessions to attend, or they can come for the whole weekend;- we can arrange overnight accommodation at a rate of just £35 per night including meals.  These workshops and seminars are delivered in a way that is more than just informative- we aim to help students:

  • Get Motivated
  • Keep Focused
  • Create a Strategy
  • Gain  Confidence

We encourage students to think about the long-term picture; what path are they on now? How can they get the most out of their time at School, College and University?  What is their end goal and how are they going to achieve it?  By setting their studies in the context of a much bigger picture, students can realise the relevance of what they are learning and give themselves the best possible chance of success.  In the economy of today, we try to get students to think about their future career and employment, as well as their current course of study.

Who will teach these sessions?

At Sutherland Education we have experienced consultants who have been through the British Education system, including both undergraduate and post-graduate admissions processes at Oxford and Cambridge for both Arts and Science degrees.  Peter Sutherland (MA Oxon) and Sarah McIntyre (M Phil, PhD Cantab) both work as consultants and instructors on the courses and have a wealth of experience in the field.

About Peter Sutherland

Peter is a graduate of Oxford University, where he read German and French.  Upon graduating he then qualified as an international lawyer before turning to teaching.  Peter taught for over 30 years at the highly ranked school, Whitgift, where he served as the junior school headmaster and senior master of the senior school.   Peter also spent many years as the head of modern languages.  Since 2005, Peter has worked for COA (Cambridge Occupational Analysis), a leading careers consultancy in the UK.

Sarah has worked in both the academic and commercial sector.  During her doctoral study at the University of Cambridge, Sarah lectured for the department of German as part of the tripos exam system.  At the University of East Anglia, Sarah was part of the admissions team and conducted many interviews with prospective undergraduates.  Her role as a University tutor and lecturer was complimented by her work as Employability Director for the department.  In addition, Sarah has worked in Schools and Colleges, delivering motivational talks and courses in study skills and exam technique. On the commercial side, Sarah has worked for a leading Careers Consultancy firm and also as a legal recruiter in central London. 

Free Educational Weekend: Workshops & Seminars

Contact us now to reserve your place

Dates for Spring Term 2017
18th & 19th February
Dates for Summer Term 2017
27th & 28th May
Timetable for Spring Term 2017
Saturday Sunday
10:00- 12:00 UCAS application 11:00- 13:00 Study Skills
13:00- 15:00 Interview technique 14:00-16:00 Choosing the right Career

Come for the weekend*and attend all four sessions, or pick and choose bespoke classes:

Seminar/Workshop Description
1 UCAS application1 Hour Seminar followed by 1 hour Workshop

Dr Sarah McIntyre

This session is a designed to help students navigate the UCAS process. Normally, a student will complete their UCAS application in the first term of year 13 (upper-sixth form), but this seminar can be taken as early as year 11 or 12 in preparation.  Students will carry out auto-analysis exercises to help them identify their key strengths.  They will be encouraged to think about and then articulate their motivations, what they like studying and what extra-curricular activities they are involved in.  We will then give students guidance on content, language and tone so that they can write a bespoke personal statement that will really ‘speak’ to the University admissions tutor.
2 Interview technique2 hour Seminar with role play

Dr Sarah McIntyre

Interviews can be very nerve racking for students, whether it is for a new School, College, Sixth form, University or job.  From the basic etiquette of shaking hands, to the in-depth responses required for a place on a medical course, we can give students the confidence to compete at the highest level.  This session is designed to highlight some of the common pit-falls that can happen and steer students towards conducting the right research and doing the optimum preparation.  The class will focus on getting students to articulate themselves to best effect and will involve some role play, as students are put through their paces.
3 Study Skills2 hour workshop

Dr Sarah McIntyre

Getting the most out of lessons can be greatly improved by adopting some simple study techniques. We deliver the key strategies to help students get organised and ‘take control’ of their work-load.  In this class we look at how to take good notes, how to remember material for exams and how to prioritise and plan.  Moreover, we ask students to carry out several exercises to demonstrate the importance of being alert and self-disciplined.  This additional class is suitable for students who are studying in years 8 or 9 or for GCSEs or A-levels/IB.
4 Choosing the right Career1.5 hour seminar plus some one-to-one time

Peter Sutherland/ Sarah McIntyre

Having a long-term goal can really help students focus at School, College and University. We help students understand their strengths and weaknesses and articulate their motivations.  Using this information we then try to match those aptitudes to a particular field of work.  The analyses involved are exceptional in the way they lead students to discover where their affinities lie and the most suitable career options for them to choose from.  We try to give students realistic expectations about job roles and provide highly informative guidance in this area.