Employers impressed by enterprising students

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Engaging employers in a work-related curriculum has helped to open up new routes for school leavers in North Yorkshire. The Dales, a special school for pupils aged 2–19, works with businesses in many different ways, such as tailored work experience programmes, transition events and a Dragon’s Den contest. The ‘dragons’ are all local employers who volunteer to judge learners’ enterprise projects, which have included selling cookie jars and creating Christmas hampers.

These activities have provided evidence for ASDAN Entry level qualifications in Personal and Social Development and Personal Progress. They demonstrate how pupils have developed a variety of workplace skills: communication, teamwork, interviewing, and so on. Pupils benefit from the practical learning activity, the feedback from employers and the relationships that are established. The activity raises the profile of the school locally, opens possible progression opportunities after school and supports further education courses.