The formal definition of work related learning is:
Planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work, including learning through the experience of work, learning about work and working practices, and learning the skills for work.
In the context of this simpler definition:
- For work is about developing skills for enterprise and employability (for example, through problem solving activities, work simulations, and mock interviews);
- About work is about providing opportunities for students to develop knowledge and understanding of employers, employment and enterprise (for example, through vocational courses and careers education in our tutorial programme);
- Through work is about providing opportunities for students to learn from direct experiences of work, including developing the employability skills and ‘can-do’ attitude that employers value (for example, through work experience or enterprise activities in schools and learning through vocational contexts in subjects and on trips and visits).
Throughout the key stages we offer opportunities for students to develop these skills both inside of lessons and outside through assemblies, activity days and tutorial activities.
In Year 10 we have a Work Related Learning week which focuses students on these skills and their development. The school also works with external providers such as Young Enterprise to deliver this sort of learning and engages with employers through trips and presentations to expose students to the world of work.
Students are also encouraged to seek their own work experience placement if appropriate and to consider appropriate part time employment in their own time.
In Year 12 all students take part in a work experience placement, linked to their chosen progression pathway.
All students have the right to careers guidance, some of this is delivery as part of a universal offer via lessons, activities and the tutorial programme. Additionally students can request one to one careers guidance either by visiting the school library or speaking to their tutor or Head of Year.
For further information please contact TBS Careers Advisor Ruth Norris: firstname.lastname@example.org or the SLT link for careers Duncan Smith: email@example.com, Telephone number 01258 451 121.
If you are interested in working with us either as part of our Work Related Learning Week, talking to students or offering a visit or work placements please contact us.Office@blandfordschool.org.uk
To provide feedback on working with us as an employer please complete this short survey – Survey Link
All students also have access to a range of impartial information advice and guidance about future opportunities, please see details below:
Additional support and information for teachers can be found at:
Parents are able to support their child by talking to them about the world at work, including:
- Different Employers
- Different types of work
They can also encourage their child to research careers using https://www.unifrog.org/ or https://www.startprofile.com/, as well as explaining areas such as personal finance, budgeting and the tax system.
To provide feedback on our careers programme as a parent please complete this short survey – Survey Link
Should parents require additional advice and support or feel their child needs specific guidance relating to careers they should contact Ruth Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The schools career programme is available on the school website, if governors wish to view the latest evaluation of careers education using the compass tool they should contact Duncan Smith (Deputy Headteacher). There is also a specific group of Governors monitoring careers, for further information about these Governors please contact Duncan Smith (Deputy Headteacher) or the Chair of Governors.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
This is completed annually in the summer term. The programme is monitored and evaluated in the following ways:
- National data concerning destinations and NEET figures.
- Feedback from Heads of Year
- Student Voice (including work by Governors)
- Self Evaluation using the Compass Tool
- Review of the Work Related Learning Week
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
Ansbury Quality Careers Advice and Guidance: www.ansbury.co.uk
Ansbury Adviser Online: http://adviseronline.ansbury.co.uk/
National Careers Service information: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
The following EBook is a preview of the full guide which will be be out next academic year.
It is a guide designed to help parents and careers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. Click here to view