As a special school for 2-19 year-olds, The Dales School in Morton on Swale recognises the importance of meeting learners’ specific needs. The school engages with the local business community through successful work experience programmes tailored to individuals, as well as transition sessions and a Dragons' Den event.
The Dragons are all local employers who give up their time to judge the Enterprise projects presented to them by teams of learners. Past projects have included putting together cookie jars, hot chocolate mugs and Christmas hampers, as well as preparing lunch for people in the community and setting up a scone shop.
Staff believe the learners benefit greatly from these practical learning activities. Evidence derived from the projects is used to support the ASDAN Personal and Social Development (PSD) and Personal Progress Qualifications, demonstrating achievement in communication skills, understanding of health and safety, interview skills and working as part of a team.
The success of Dales School’s employer engagement activities has raised the profile of the school locally and both staff and students value the feedback from employers. The relationships learners establish with these business people helps to build their confidence and this experience has opened up progression opportunities for them when they leave school.
A great example of Careers and Enterprise education making a real difference!