Following a recent government review of post 16 study programmes, all 6th form students are now required to complete at least 1 week of work experience/equivalent while they are in Year 12. The Department for Education states that the placements should be “Purposeful, substantial, offer challenge and be relevant to the young person’s study programme and career aspirations.”
On this basis, we will consider LCS Enrichment programmes in NCS, DofE Gold, the Uganda Project and the CSLA Level 3 Award (Community Sports Leadership) as potential alternatives to work experience if we believe the skills acquired through these activities are directly relevant to their preferred post 18 option. However, students who do complete one of these 'alternative' activities will still be encouraged to complete work experience too.
In order to complete the work experience placement students must follow the following procedure:
- Collect a work experience pack from Mrs Goodman.
- Approach employers who may be able to offer relevant work experience to you. From previous experience, we have found that students have most success in securing a placement when they approach family or friends who can offer relevant work experience so we suggest that students take this approach first.
- Once a relevant employer has been identified the student must complete the ‘Work Experience Partnership Agreement Form’ in conjunction with the employer and parents, this must then be returned to Mrs Goodman. As part of this process the student must complete the ‘Medical Health Check’ form and give it to the employer with the letter of understanding between the school and the employer.
- If the placement is during term time, students must complete a Notification of Absence Form at least 2 school days before their placement starts to ensure that teaching staff are aware of the time they will be missing from lessons – this should be returned to Mrs Goodman in S1.
- While on placement, students must complete the ‘Work Experience Booklet’ as evidence of their placement. This must include a brief reference from the employer commenting on the students’ performance. This booklet must be handed in to Mrs Goodman so that we can keep an accurate record of your placement before returning it to the student for future reference.
Although we appreciate that arranging this work experience placement is an additional burden in what is already a very busy year for students, we do believe that it will be of significant benefit to students as they prepare for their potential careers and plan their next steps.
Mr R Archer (Head of 6th Form)