Our Work Related Learning is based around the industry recognised ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ concerning careers guidance. These are as follows:
- A stable careers programme.
- Learning from career and labour market information.
- Addressing the needs of each student.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers and future prospects.
- Encounters with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces.
- Encounters with further education and next step transitions.
- Personal guidance.
At Stony Dean School, students are introduced to the world of work through their Enterprise Education lessons which begin in Year 7. There is a strong emphasis on Health and Safety, correct equipment use, enterprise and teamwork through practical tasks including horticulture and site maintenance activities. This develops further as students reach Year 9 into learning about aspects of different workplaces, roles and responsibilities, and beginning to identify personal skills and qualities.
Year 10 students have the opportunity to gain the British Safety Council Entry level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness, as well as carrying out a term-long off-site work placement, and learning about the role of the volunteer in society.
During year 11 students are supported on suitable work placements throughout the year, getting the chance to both use and develop transferable work skills, form professional relationships in the workplace, and gain an understanding of how organisations operate over a long time period.
Moving into the Sixth form, students are actively encouraged and expected to seek work placement opportunities in a field of their choice; time and support are allocated in order to fulfil such experiences. Alongside this, their vocational programme of study, both in school and at further education venues, enables them to work towards their employability potential. By giving students work experiences of such variety and extent, they are more able to make an informed choice concerning their next step in life.
Throughout their time at Stony Dean, students are assessed on the Work Related Learning aspects of Independent, Functional and Communication Skills. These features are used to create individualised targets for each student in order to monitor progress, and to create a profile to pass on to employers or supervisors. We believe using this system, combined with skills based assessments across other school subjects, will set students up for the best start to their working life.