Dawlish College is an 11-16 inclusive secondary school based in Devon. We have always had a strong careers provision here at Dawlish College and believe in a broad and enriched curriculum for every student to develop to their full potential. Skills Builder is one of the key tools we currently use to focus our students on their core skills and abilities. We then build on all skills to prepare them for the world of work. We work on employability skills from the very beginning of Year 7, so they can prepare early on for their future careers and have a clear understanding of employability skills being important, just like academic qualifications are.
The main highlights of the accelerator programme this year are when teachers and tutors see the benefit it brings to the College and all of our students. It begins to have real value when the essential skills alongside subjects and qualifications are recognised as important by teachers and students alike. Having positive feedback from tutors and students has made the effort of rolling this programme out across the college worthwhile. Supporting tutor time, creating PSHE lessons, training staff, especially online, has been time intensive so getting the results I'm seeing towards the end of this academic year is extremely pleasing. Overall, seeing the essential skills being put into practice is the most rewarding highlight. When students, parents, employers and teachers are working collaborately on one of the strands of the essential skills, it all comes to life! We should through continued work on the essential skills, see improved employability skills in our students in the future.
We build the essential skills into various projects that we then put into practice, helping to bring them to life for our students. I will measure the impact of the 'About Me' initiative mentioned earlier in this case study with the business mentors in a debrief session. We focus on different essential skills with different year group, dependent on need. The wider objectives of this activity are: 1 - To enable our young people to identify and articulate their strengths, skills and values in positive language to adults. 2 - To enable young people to understand this is an important life and work skill to help them achieve their future goals. 3 - To increase levels of confidence, positive thinking, ambition, attitude, and self-awareness. 4 -To enable young people to present to an audience.
I'd like to link the essential skills learnt in each year group directly to a project involving work experience or employer engagement. To improve consistency of the delivery of the 'Skills Builder Programme' across the College. To ensure that we can now focus on the Silver Award, moving forward, using the Skills Builder Principles Matrix to help with this.