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Are you delivering an outstanding Work-Related Learning programme?

Date: 27 January 2017

As you are likely to know, Ofsted has confirmed that it expects all students to have access to a full range of high quality work-related learning opportunities. 

The Getting Ready for Work report stated that inspection judgements should now take greater account of the coherence and rigour with which schools prepare pupils for employment.

With this in mind, it’s more important than ever for schools and colleges to have a clear plan for work-related learning. This should include an audit of current provision, plans for development and key performance indicators. But how can you ensure work-related learning is planned, implemented and evaluated effectively?

As always, we’re here to help!

Developed through our work with over 500 schools and colleges, the Navigate ‘Framework for Outstanding Work-Related Learning’ provides a step-by-step plan to support the creation and implementation of your programme. This simple framework identifies the 5 essential components of ‘outstanding’ work-related learning:

  1. Strategy – The planning required to deliver your provision, as well as the ways you will measure success.
  2. Partners – The people and organisations that will support your programmes. This includes employers, experts and the local community.
  3. Activity – The in-class and extra-curricular activity that students will participate in to develop their work skills.
  4. Work Experience – The workplace experience your students participate in via placements, job shadowing and insight days.
  5. Evaluation – Identifying the progress your students have made and collating this evidence to meet Ofsted judgements.

Within each of these components we have identified 28 key planning and delivery activities that are needed to overcome key challenges and deliver an outstanding programme. Each of these activities includes tools and resources to support the development of your provision.

We’ve been sharing the full framework with attendees at our recent CPD seminars, and the response has been incredibly positive. If you would like to book onto one of these sessions, or want to find out more about the framework and how we can support your organisation drop us a line.