Work Related Learning & Enterprise
Work related learning opportunities begin in KS3 with class visits and tasters to employers, individual tasters to enable access to employers and placements attended to complement personalised learning pathways.
Independence and life skills are a focus within Key Stage 5, residential visits are offered and external accreditation is completed to support and extend such activities. A Short Course in Employability Skills is offered and employability days may be accessed through a variety of events. Internships may be accessed through local college provision and Project Search. Visits are arranged to local and specialist colleges, post 19 providers and universities to raise awareness in order for students to make informed choices for their future.
At Highfurlong it is recognised that ‘Enterprise Education’ is a term for an approach to learning and teaching that has evolved over recent years. For the focus of our work, enterprise education:
- is that which assists young people to become more enterprising in their approach to life, and in particular work,
- provides a focus on the development of entrepreneurship, and supports the learning of and
- encompases core skills, employability skills, career education, work based/related learning, “skills for life” and aspects of personal and social development and to enable development of transferable skills in order to prepare for adulthood.
Personalised Learning Curriculum Pathways.
A great starting point is focusing on personalised learning, to look at what motivates a pupil, what they’re good at and then provide lots of opportunities to try new things and build self-esteem. It is important to get involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives because our students need as much experience of real life as possible. Students earn wages in the form of the profits being shared within each business group, these amounts are entered onto an Enterprise Credit system and students decide how to spend (or save) their money, thus establishing the link between working hard in order to earn wages.