Developing the Young Workforce allows all learners across the school to experience the knowledge and job skills shared by our partners. We have developed partnerships with over 20 local businesses and will continue to use them in our future DYW ventures.
How it developed
A working party trio was established and plans set in motion to make contact with various community links drawing on the wide variety of expertise that our partners have. The range of visits conducted included skills from careers such as vets, bank managers, doctors, business and leisure managers, engineers and graphic designers to name a few.
What pupils gained
The positive experiences and feedback from learners, teachers and the partners themselves was fantastic. The school exuded a vibe that was very evident from the minute you walked into the school foyer. Skills gained throughout the visit will not only be developed further but these skills are the ones that will allow our learners the opportunity to investigate and make progress in their younger years in their chosen career paths.
Absolutely, the DYW group have already made plans for the future and how we can further develop this by identifying learning opportunities across Bannockburn Primary. Looking at STEM there is a vast array of curriculum focus enabling class teachers room for manoeuvre in their planning and teaching of specific subjects.
There will be a DYW theme that will be consistently delivered year on year.
There was no cost involved just commitment and dedication from a very keen and curious group of teachers. Planning and preparation were very time consuming but was worth it, in the end, to see the outcomes achieved.
Just over twenty partners were involved although there was scope to expand this beyond these numbers. We felt that this was more than ample to deal with being the first time the event was held.
All teacher led although some degree of professional reading was undertaken by myself leading up to the DYW event. Other local authority DYW links were followed via Twitter.
The event was an outstanding success and the feedback given from the senior leadership team was amazing. All teaching and auxiliary staff were informed of the event and kept up to date with developments and partnerships as they were confirmed. All dates and scheduling were agreed with partners before hand.
Bannockburn Primary School
Quakerfield, Stirling, Scotland FK7-8JA