Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College

Work Experience

Norbury Manor in-house work experience provision

  • Year 8 students complete one-day internal student receptionist placements
  • Year 10 students undertake two-week work placements
  • Individual Key Stage 4 (KS4) students engage in work experience when required by flexible curriculum pathways
  • Groups of KS4 and Key Stage 5 (KS5) students embark on work experience placements when required by particular courses of study
  • Year 12 students participate in a work shadowing programme

Year 10 students

Year 10 students and their parents/carers learn about work experience (WEXP) at the annual Welcome to KS4 Evening early in the autumn term. The presentation provides information about the aims and expectations of work experience, offers guidance on finding placements and details paperwork requirements. Students are encouraged to find placements independently during the first half of the autumn term with support provided via the college's PSHE programme.

KS4 students taking flexible pathways

Arrangements for those taking flexible pathways including extended work experience are made in consultation with the students, their parents/carers, their heads of year and the deputy headteacher responsible for curriculum.

KS4/KS5 students studying subjects with work experience requirements

Arrangements for subject-based work experience at KS4 and KS5 are made in conjunction with the relevant head of faculty, the WEXP Co-ordinator, students and their parents/carers.


Aims

  • To enable students to apply skills, knowledge and understanding from the classroom
  • To improve attainment by making learning more relevant
  • To promote students’ personal and social development
  • To develop students’ economic and industrial understanding
  • To widen students' knowledge of continuing education, training and employment options
  • To introduce students to a particular occupation or industry (in certain cases)
  • To support students with the transition from school to work
  • To provide experience of the workplace

Principles

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a preparatory programme with an emphasis on health and safety
  • Complete a 10-day work placement (year 10)
  • Develop personal and social skills through active learning situations
  • Relate to adults other than family and college staff with greater confidence ​​​​​
  • Identify the skills and knowledge associated with a particular pathway via a specific occupation
  • Participate in debriefing and feedback activities
  • Record their experience and skills used in a work experience diary
  • Widen their awareness of opportunities in the community in order to make informed choices about education, training and employment

Practice

Administration

The WEXP scheme is managed by the college Work Experience Co-ordinator. Other staff involved with the process may include:

  • Heads of year
  • Tutors of year
  • Heads of faculty
  • Careers Advisor
  • Learning Support Team
  • Learning mentors
  • EAL co-ordinators
  • Attendance Officer
  • Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

The administration of the work experience schemes involve a cyclical process through which the following can be completed.

  • Dates of work experience set and notified
  • Students given letters and ‘own find’ forms
  • Placement enquiries sent out to employers and replies acknowledged
  • Students surveyed as to preferred types/areas of placement 
  • Students matched to placements (if applicable)
  • Parents given details of placements and insurance; consent/medical forms issued
  • Preparation materials produced for work experience programme from January, including Work Experience Diary
  • Student and employer details recorded
  • Health and safety insurance checks made before commencement of placements 
  • Student interviews/preliminary visits arranged
  • Organisation of staff to visit students
  • Visiting tutor packs compiled
  • Briefing of students in groups via assembly by WEXP Co-ordinator, health and safety expert and senior manager
  • Liaison with students and placement providers throughout the two weeks
  • Student evaluation forms distributed and collated
  • Whole-school assembly on work experience
  • Thank you letters sent to placement providers
  • Certificates (successful/outstanding completion) distributed to students
  • Provider certificates sent to employers
  • Work experience report completed and forwarded to Headteacher and other interested parties
  • Broad range of placements maintained
  • New contacts established