Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsThis part of the course will show how it is possible for teachers, working alongside careers leaders, to bring classroom learning to life in partnership with local employers. It will also show how this partnership approach can make efficient use of employers’ time and resources, encouraging long-term relationships. So, for example, year 7 students learning about 'oxidation' in Science lessons at Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield were challenged to prepare a board room pitch for United Cast Bar, half a mile down the road, about how their cast iron products are improved by using innovative coatings.
Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsYear 9 students at Kenton School in Tyneside, applied what they had learned about data and graphs to real information provided by Datatrial, a local, fast-growing high-tech company specialising in data management for clinical trials. There are many more examples like these. But the question most teachers ask – and is probably at the front of your mind right now – is ‘How much of my time is it going to take?’ The answer is ‘some’, but only a similar amount to that required when planning any good lesson. This week you’ll look at a process that starts with a scheme of work or topic with which students struggle to engage and leads towards involving employers in the curriculum.
Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsFocus on the benefits to you as teachers and to your students’ learning – before considering what you might say to a potential employer partner. Learning must always be at the heart of this process.
Why work with employers and local industries?
Most schools and colleges engage with local employers in one way or another. Maybe you have a work experience programme or you invite guest speakers to visit?
At a time when budgets are tight and academic attainment remains the most visible measure of success, schools and colleges may find it difficult to justify why they should incur further costs and workload by working with more deeply with employers.
This week will show how it is possible for teachers, working alongside careers leaders, to bring classroom learning to life in partnership with local employers. It will also show how this partnership approach can make efficient use of employers’ time and resources, encouraging long-term relationships.
It may be that you are only focusing on small changes to your teaching, and that’s ok if you are building up your approaches to linking curriculum learning to careers. This week gives direction for where you can bring in employers for both short engagement and more long-term projects. Spend your time on the course activities this week as suits your teaching context. Do return for Week 4 where we’ll be looking at how working with colleagues and coming up with departmental approaches will help you work effectively and support students to evidence their career learning.
As we start this week, in the comments below share what you believe are:
- The benefits to students when employers are brought into the classroom.
- The benefits to employers who are involved in school or college education.
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