Work related learning is a statutory requirement at Key Stage 4 and this policy outlines the aims of work related learning in the context of local and national initiatives. The aims of this policy are to: equip pupils with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make well informed decisions re the world of work.
Quarrydale Academy recognises that work related learning is about preparing young people for the work of work and is an essential part of a young person’s education to the extent that it is a statutory requirement and is delivered through a whole school approach.
From September 2013, the statutory requirement was extended to encompass students in Year 8 and to those aged 16 to 18 in schools, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.
This policy is consistent with established development plans. The Academy’s policy has been revised in accordance with the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. The statutory guidance outlines why schools must secure independent careers guidance for young people, what they must do to comply with their legal responsibilities in this area and the role of the governing body and head teachers in shaping the guidance and support offered by the school. This relates to the Inspiration Vision Statement published by the government in September 2013, which sets out government policy in this area. The statutory guidance replaces previous versions issued in March 2013. It refers to the legislation Section 42A and Section 45A of the Education Act 1997.
The underlying aims of the policy are to:
Offer inspiration and aspiration to pupils. To develop employability skills; provide young people with the opportunity “to learn by doing” and to learn from experts; raise standards of achievement; increase commitment to learning, motivation and self confidence of students; to improve retention of pupils in learning post 16; develop career awareness and the ability to benefit from impartial and up to date information
and guidance; support active citizenship; develop the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and skills; improve understanding of the economy, enterprise, personal finance and the structure of business organisations and how they work; encourage positive attitudes to lifelong learning.
Work related learning works best when young people, their parents or carers and schools, colleges, employers, work-based learning providers and Education Business partnerships work together to make it happen. There is no way, as the best way depends on local circumstances which Quarrydale recognises. Quarrydale will Quarrydale an Academy with science specialism sustain contacts with employer networks, FE colleges, higher education institutions, mentors, coaches, alumni and other higher achieving individuals.
The Academy will ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13. The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided is presented in an impartial manner, includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways and is guidance that the person it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
The planned and coordinated programme of work related learning is part of an integrated partnership between CEIAG/PSHE/Citizenship and takes into account the embedding of work related learning in all subject areas (Appendix 2), the Academy’s other policies including teaching and learning, equal opportunities, staff development, enterprise, assessment, recording and reporting policy including ILP’s, student support, guidance and welfare, departmental and special needs
Implicit in the above are the QCA curriculum aims for pupils and the personal development curriculum. They should become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. The Academy should help children achieve more offering protection, nurturing and any other opportunities to improve life chances. The Academy will also help children to become more effective and successful learners, develop and sustain positive relationships, become more motivated, deal effectively with conflict and develop excellent problem solving skills. Incorporated into the work related learning and the wider CEIAG policy are the personal learning and thinking skills.
Work related learning is realised through planned activities within the Academy curriculum with particular emphasis in Key Stage 4. It takes into consideration pupil need, differentiated provision and equal opportunity and is promoted through careers information, curriculum-linked visits, enterprise capability days, mock interviews, practical experience, tasters, work simulations and work experience to evelop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work to include learning through the experience of work, learning about work and working practices and learning skills for work – the FAT process:
For work: By providing opportunities for pupils/students to develop skills for enterprise and employability (for example through problem solving activities, work simulations and mock interviews).
About work: By providing opportunities for pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of work and enterprise (for example through vocational courses and careers education).
Through work: By providing pupils with opportunities for students to learn from direct experiences including developing the employability skills and a can-do attitude – highly valued by employers (for example through work experience or part-time jobs, enterprise activities in schools and learning through vocational contexts in subjects).
The Work Related Learning policy is written in conjunction with key personnel/interested parties (Appendix 3). The views of parents and local
businesses are sought through work experience evaluations. Similarly pupils’ views are also sought through work experience evaluations as well as questionnaires specific to interventions such as mock interview and enterprise capability days. It is the intention that the WorkRelated Learning policy is reviewed by the Careers Coordinator at no longer than two yearly intervals and is informed by all key personnel and interested parties (Appendix 3).
Quarrydale Academy retains inhouse arrangements for providing advice and guidance but combines this support from independent and external sources to meet the school’s legal requirements. It is the intention of Quarrydale Academy that the Work Related Learning programme is: impartial, unbiased and accessible to all; builds upon previous experience and learning; provides quality of opportunity; is appropriately resourced (Appendix 4): is valued and supported by partners; is set in the context of the Academy; is reviewed; involves the use of recording achievement and action planning and takes account of factors affecting the labour market. The policy involves, and consequently the programme of delivery, working with all key personnel and interested parties in order to support all pupils in becoming well informed realistic decision makers in the world of work.
All pupils at Quarrydale from Year 7 to Year 13 receive careers advice and guidance.
In Year 7 the pupils are introduced to careers .They will start to think about what their dream job would be and what they would like to do in the future and why. They will also write a letter to themselves about what they intend to do when they leave in year 11. This will be kept on file for them to open in Year 11 to see if they have changed their career path over the 5 years in school.
In Year 8 they will be asking questions about their own learning skills and what job would best suit their skills. They will research job descriptions and the qualifications required.
In Year 9 they have a Careers Day where the pupils will be introduced to the web sites Kudos and Launchpad in order to do independent learning about careers and have impartial careers advice. Year 9 is Options Year and we have an Options Evening where parents will be able to come and see what curriculum choice options their child can do in Year 10. There is also a Year 9 Enterprise Day.
In Year 10 the pupils prepare for work experience. The work experience is for two weeks and they can choose to do two separate places one week at each or one for two weeks. They have booklets to complete in tutor time. They will also have the opportunity to visit different colleges.
In Year 11 the pupils have the opportunity to discuss their career path and get help and advice on 6th form, college, apprenticeships and job vacancies. They also have an Enterprise Day where local business people come into school and work with the pupils and they have a Mock Interview day where again local business people interview the pupils in school.
In Years 12 and 13 they will have the opportunity to do some more work experience, visit colleges and universities, speak to employers, and also receive help and advice about various aspects of University applications including such things as grants and self- sufficiency. They will also investigate apprenticeships and job vacancies.
At Quarrydale we have a full time Work Related Co-ordinator who offers careers guidance in school. We also have impartial careers advice, from businesses, other colleges, outside training providers and all students have a leaflet on all the ways they can obtain careers information. All pupils are given the chance to be involved in volunteering and enterprise working with the local community and business on different projects.