Sydney Smith School aims to provide Work Experience as part of a learners’ education (Section 560 of the Education Act 1996)
Work Experience – When? For a two week period • Starting on Monday 11th March 2013 • Finishing on Saturday 23rd March 2013 • Students may need to come into school if modular exams run within these dates
Work Experience - Why? • An integral part of Careers lessons • Give students autonomy and raises aspirations • Students see skills learnt in school transferred into the work-place • Supports post -16 education and future employment
Work Experience - Who? All students in Year 10: However, the school does have the right to withdraw a student from a placement at any time!
Work Experience – Where? • Self–found placements • Allocated placements
Who is involved? WEX Co-ordinator – Mrs Perkins • Is responsible for the administration and organisation of WEX • Is the first point of contact for parents • Liaises with placement providers • Works closely with Humber EBP/HCC to advise on placement availability and ensure risk assessments are carried out
Careers Teachers • Brief students about work experience expectations • Ensures students are knowledgeable about health and safety in the workplace • Assists students in making a decision on their placement choice • Makes visits to students during placement
SEND Co-ordinator • Ensures all learners with special education needs are placed suitably • Makes sure WEX is an integral part of an Individual Learning Programme • Is responsible for briefing SEN students and their parents on placement allocation • Ensures SEN students have support they need prior to and during their WEX • Makes visits to students during placement
Before completing Paperwork! Make sure you know exactly what is involved:- • What will you be doing for the 2 weeks? Most placements are not hands on and students will be either shadowing or observing • What times/days will you be working? Ensure you can make the times/days stated by the employer • Can you get to there? Always take into account the distance and cost of travel • What will you do during lunchtime? Do you need a pack-up or can you go out, do you know the area? • Do you need any sort of uniform/safety wear? Some employers request you have heavy duty boots, overalls or similar, do you have them or can you borrow them?
Make sure! • Before signing up for a placement you know exactly what is involved • All the paperwork is signed and returned to Mrs Perkins within the time scale • You contact the placement at least 2 weeks before you go out on placement, some students may need to attend an informal interview • You use your journal throughout the WEX
Parents Must! • Make sure they are aware of all the placement details, if you are concerned about any aspect of the placement please contact Mrs Perkins at the start – (before completing the paperwork) • During WEX contact the school if: • your child cannot attend their WEX for any reason • you have any concerns about the placement • your child has an accident on WEX • Support and encourage your child throughout the two weeks and help them to complete their journal
Important points to remember! • Students/parents cannot arrange their own placements – independently • Students not going out on WEX must be in school - the school attendance policy still applies throughout the WEX period • Lunch-times on WEX are unsupervised • Students find their own way to and from WEX • Work will be limited - students will be supervised • Students are representing the school and their parents • School staff will be visiting students
What happens after WEX? • Within Career lessons students write to their placement providers to thank them for their time and effort • The school writes and thanks the placement providers and requests feed back on how the students performed on their WEX • Students use this experience in Year 11 when applying for further education or employment, journals support their WEX