Work Related Learning at John Jamieson School
Work related learning is a core part of our curriculum in Post 16. Students have the chance to access ASDAN Employability and Workright courses to help prepare them for the world of work, and regularly get the chance to interface with employers and employment opportunities. Students have access to individual profiles on Start U-Explore that help them with exploring college and employment opportunities in the next steps of their adult life. Students have the opportunity to take part in a range of work related experiences dependent on individual needs and interests.
We have an extensive careers action plan that will enable us to make positive steps towards ensuring the Gatsby benchmarks are being met by September 2020. The school has a careers team that comprises a member of the SLT trained in Careers Leadership Level 6; a trained job coach; an admin link member of staff; a careers teacher co-ordinator and an external careers advisor. Students from year 7 undertake a careers meeting or review on an annual basis.
In-school opportunities include:
- Enterprise activities – making seasonal objects to sell for example Mother’s Day/Christmas presents and cards. These experiences build on design and technology skills, working under instruction, handling money and dealing with customers.
- Horticulture – growing plants to sell at school and also at a local market. These experiences build on science skills, working outdoors, working under instruction, handling money, and dealing with customers.
- Catering enterprise – preparing meals that are sold to staff. These experiences build on food technology skills, hygiene awareness, working under instruction, handling money, and dealing with customers.
- Tuck shop – healthy snacks sold around school. These experiences build on food technology skills, hygiene awareness, working under instruction, handling money, and dealing with customers.
- Technical support placement - bespoke work experience offered by our technical support team. These experiences build on ICT skills, working under instruction and using initiative.
- Site maintenance support placement – bespoke work experience offered by our site maintenance team. These experiences build on practical work skills, logistics, working under instruction and using initiative.
- Child care - work experience within our early years setting. These experiences build on social communication, working under instruction and using initiative.
- House management skills – learning skills such as laundry and keeping our rooms clean and tidy. These experiences allow students to prepare for adult life through learning domestic skills.
In addition to this, we have a sound model of external work experience and internships:
- Our internship model helps prepare our students for adult life. Students currently have the chance to attend a one day a week supported internship at Keeper’s Café, a 3 day a week supported internship at Branching Out based at Lotherton Hall and a 3 day supported internship at KPMG.
- We have termly opportunities for students to attend a one day a week internship with Leeds City Museums and Galleries. Two students are currently based at Abbey House Museum.
- Several students have work experience opportunities out of school, accessing work in supermarkets, shops, hairdressers and cafes.
- The school participates in the Compass House cross-SILC business enterprise which involves students developing a range of business skills in order to produce a business opportunity for our students. These skills include market research, logo and concept design, making products to sell and being involved in the running of a market stall at Leeds City Market, working alongside the other SILCs that participated.
We believe that work related learning is essential to providing our learners with key skills that will serve them well in adult life and several of the students have left school to go into paid employment in the past few years. We are constantly reviewing our opportunities to meet the individual needs and interests of our young people.