NEWS Northumberland pupils learn key employability skills

projects of importance to local communities. The project comprises a series of in-depth

lunchtime sessions covering vital job skills and personal development. CV writing, job application forms and interview techniques are all covered. Graeme said: “I wish there had been a project

The Northumberland Church of England Academy has partnered with a local professional CV writer and interview coach to launch an extra- curricular club that gives pupils the best start to their working life. Graeme Jordan, the writer and coach began

delivering the project called “The Young People’s Business Club” in September 2017 which will last 12 months. This project is entirely funded by the Big Lottery though its “Awards For All” fund for

like the ‘Young People’s Business Club’ when I went to school. The project is undoubtedly going to improve pupils’ confidence and give them a valuable insight into what they can expect from the recruitment and selection process that they are about to enter into. Then again, I wish I was as proactive as these students when I was their age. “In the sessions so far pupils have already

learned so much. We covered different topics depending on the year group and their specific objectives. We talked about the best ways of getting a work experience placement, applying for jobs speculatively, contacting employers and networking both online and offline. Most

importantly they got to grips with what a professional CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile entails and they wrote their own and got in depth feedback individually. It’s really all practical stuff.” The sessions have been well received by the

students who are now feeling much more confident about what direction to take. Reece Jones from year 13 told us, “The sessions were very helpful in helping me to narrow down the pathway I wish to take in the future. Graeme supported me to look at what was best for me as an individual.' Head of Sixth Form Danielle Towers added: “I

believe this project will not only help our students to ensure their future is as bright as it can be, but also ultimately help Ashington and the wider Northumberland region fight youth unemployment, which at the moment is worryingly high.”

Renishaw hosts International Women in Engineering Day events

To encourage female secondary school students to pursue a career in STEM, Gloucestershire based engineering company Renishaw is hosting an International Women in Engineering Day event at its New Mills headquarters. On Saturday June 23rd, 2018, students aged from eleven to 18, with their parents/guardians, are invited to visit Renishaw to learn more about the opportunities open to females in this exciting field. During the event, attendees will meet Renishaw’s female apprentices

and graduates to hear about their experiences and learn about the different paths into engineering. The group will then rotate around workshops, including a hands-on engineering session building LED torches. Visitors will be invited on a tour of the impressive Renishaw Innovation

Centre and to take part in a speed networking session. There will also be a CV writing workshop to help the students with their applications to further education or apprenticeships. “Engineering is often perceived as being a male-only industry,”

explained Siobhan Denniff, Education Outreach Executive at Renishaw. “We want both generations to understand that women can have an exciting and rewarding career in engineering.” “CV writing skills are valuable to students pursuing a career in any

industry,” continued Denniff. “Despite this, it isn’t always covered in the school curriculum. Renishaw hopes to overcome this by offering a CV writing workshop to give students the skills they need to successfully articulate themselves when starting their careers.”


Plastic Oceans launches new teaching materials to fit national curriculum framework

A unique set of teaching materials, designed to weave education against single-use plastic into the national curriculum for 11-16 year olds, has been launched recently on World Oceans Day, June 8th, by Plastic Oceans UK, in a bid to educate and empower children to become ambassadors for change. Plastic Oceans UK is the team behind the ground-breaking film A Plastic

Ocean, which first raised awareness of the terrible consequences single-use plastic was having on the environment when it was released in 2016. As part of the film’s legacy programme, one of the film researchers, Jessica Hickie, has spent the last two years developing the ‘Wave One’ lesson plans, with materials that can seamlessly fit into seven GCSE syllabus subjects. Jessica says, “As a science teacher, I know delivering the national curriculum is very pressurised so there is little or no spare time to prepare


materials to teach extra-curricular subjects, regardless of how important or passionate you are about them. For this teaching material to make an impact it was imperative that it could replace existing lessons by delivering the required outcomes stated in the national curriculum. “Each lesson is differentiated to three different learning levels and contains

the terminology for each target age group so there is no additional work required by the teachers. We have been successfully trialling the material in Brannel School, St Austell, and the response from both teachers and students has been overwhelmingly positive.” The new teaching materials are geared towards Key Stages 3 and 4, and

are available to download for free.

June 2018

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