Carshalton College Way to Work Programme Success
22 students in
Years 10 and 11 from a number of Sutton's secondary and Special schools
celebrated completing the 'Key Stage 4 Way to Work Programme'. This was a
series of 16 workshops and work-based learning activities in catering,
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construction, hair and beauty and motor vehicle maintenance. The aim of the
programme was to provide learners with an opportunity to learn new skills and
try different courses that may enable them to progress to further training or
employment at the end of Year 11. In addition each course had an element of
accreditation and support with the development of English, Maths and IT.
All the students received certificates for participating on the programme and there
were further awards for 100% attendance, most improved learner and best
achiever. At the end of the course one student commented "The best part of
the course was the practical work, it was mostly enjoyable and fun with the
teachers and class mates".
from learners and schools alike has been very positive with requests to repeat
the programme, perhaps over a longer period of time next year. 19 of the
students completed a feedback survey with 100% agreeing they have learnt new
skills on the course, learnt something new about possible jobs and careers
related to the course and helped to develop a can-do attitude.
underestimates the challenge younger students present in the classroom and just
how much patience and support it takes from curriculum staff to manage them
successfully, however, the outcomes for several of the young people are
inspirational and every one of them has made positive gains in confidence, as
well as personal and vocational skills - in many cases against their own
expectations. A number are joining full-time courses in September, one has
secured a Level 2 Apprenticeship and some of the Year 10s will be opting to
join an 'Aspire' programme sponsored by their home school.