Year 11 Work Related Learning Programme yields great focus & engagement for first week back to school

Thursday 10 September 2020

The Work Related Learning Programme Celebratory Piece

(Pictured - Year 11 students receiving certificates for participating and completing the programme)

“ I liked it a lot and it really helped me with my teamwork and my confidence . It helped make me think I should push for my dreams and be more confident. ”

 

(Pictured: Year 11s brainstorming their ideas for their presentation)

 

ARK Evelyn Grace Academy in partnership with Spiral Skills supported year 11’s return to school after an isolating lock down period. The Work-Related Learning Programme is an initiative designed to help young people understand and develop the skills they will need for college, university and finally the World of Work. The event featured stimulating interactive workshops, motivational talks, and over 50 professional volunteers giving careers insights.

For last 3 years Spiral Skills and Evelyn Grace Academy have run this programme, which aspires to develop young people’s awareness of essential life skills, build their confidence and self-esteem, and connect them to inspiring professionals who can help to inform their decision making. It seemed that despite the challenges this year our returners really deserved a positive start to focus them on their GCSEs.

 

“ It encourages you to know what you would like to do in the future and tell you what you would need to achieve that. “

(Pictured: Kheron Gilpin, Motivational Speaker inspiring Year 11s)

Day one kicked off with a welcome by Spiral’s 20 expert youth workers, followed by a motivational talk from Kheron Gilpin, a national boxing champion and advocate for power of self belief and a growth mindset. Form groups then enjoyed a series of ice breaking, skills focused games designed to develop and build their teamwork and communications skills rebuilding relationships with peers, youth workers and the school after 6 months away.

(Pictured: Year 11s on Day 1 team building)

“ This programme helps with understanding how you can learn and use different skills.”

 

The second morning placed the spotlight on self reflection, where year 11’s identified their values and passions in life, reflected on their strengths and areas for improvement, and looked at how these can form exciting aspirations.

(Pictured: Year 11s on day 2 design t-shirts to help them reflect on their personal strengths and what is important to them)

“ It teaches you to become a better person. “

 

The two-day event culminated with students’ designing and pitching their unique idea for a local community based Social Enterprise following a masterclass from 6 real local social entrepreneurs. Facing a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel of professionals from multiple industries student were given insights, constructive feedback by these amazing volunteers who had to pick a final winning team, all remotely: quite a technical feat!

 

(Pictured: A few of our wonderful professional volunteers streaming in to listen to Year 11s pitch)

 

ARK EGAs New Enterprise Advisor: Natasha Preville

Here is what Natasha Preville (Managing Director of The Previelle Consultancy) had to say of her experience working with our Year 11 students:

"I thoroughly enjoyed taking part, as a 'Dragon' with the (awesome) Year 11 students this week! It was a pleasure to witness such great, positive energy and hearing the brilliant ideas presented from all the Teams. I was most impressed by the thoughtful, well rounded concepts you pitched, which addressed current issues in order to create positive change. You all should be very proud of yourselves and the way you worked together as a team; a very important life skill.

WELL DONE."

Natasha Preville has over 20 years cross-sector experience, with more than a decade in senior management within the screen industries (TV and Film); having worked on numerous award-winning campaigns for the BBC and Red Bee Media.

Natasha is a mentor and has a passion for eradicating barriers to entry for storytellers and young audiences interested in the Creative Arts and Digital industries. Natasha was a Panel Expert for Gen Z Engagement at Google FilmFest 2019: She is part of the TIME’S UP UK movement, working across all sectors to amplify the need for greater diversity representation in front of and behind the camera.

During her career, Natasha has always strongly believed that education, sport and culture play an important role in transforming lives. To this end, Natasha recently founded a Consultancy, and an Agency, dedicated to increasing the experience, visibility and career pathways for young people to thrive within the Culture, Media and Sports industries.

As one of your Enterprise Advisors at The Evelyn Grace Academy, Natasha looks forward to meeting you all and working with you to realise your best potential and have a sound understanding of the 'world of work', be it employment and/or enterprise.

Unusual Fact: Tim Peake called Natasha from Space on his 2016 Principia Mission

 

The young people enjoyed wonderful success on the project, and will continue to receive advice and guidance, connections to professionals or mentors, or support accessing work experience, training or employment opportunities matched to their passions in life from Spiral’s opportunity and progression department. Here’s a round up of year 11’s achievements on the programme:

 

Out of 110 evaluation submissions collated on the day, year 11’s rated their experience 8.5 out of 10.

 

  • 91% answered positively to being asked whether they had developed skills that will help them in the future. 64% of those answered "strongly agree".
  • 88% answered positively to being asked if they feel more confident that they can achieve what they want to. 68% of those answered "strongly agree".
  • An unbelievable 94% answered positively to being asked if they had improved their teamwork skills. That's 103 out of 110.
  • 88% answered positively to being asked if they had improved their communication skills. 65% of those answered "strongly agree".
  • 80% answered positively to being asked if they feel more motivated to succeed at school. 71% of those answered "strongly agree".
  • 75% answered positively to being asked if they have a better idea of what they are going to do in the future. 71% of those answered "strongly agree".
  • 84% answered positively to being asked if they have a better idea of problems they face in society. 72% of those answered "strongly agree".

 

Student Feedback:

“ I liked it a lot and it really helped me with my teamwork and my confidence . It helped make me think I should push for my dreams and be more confident. ”

" I would say that they help you to set your mind up on what you want to do in future and do your best to achieve it no matter what. "

“ This programme helps with understanding how you can learn and use different skills.”

" It can open new doors in the future "

“ It teaches you to become a better person.“

 

Evelyn Grace Academy and Spiral Skills are proud of the young people’s successes on the programme, and would like to extend a sincere thank you to our youth workers, entrepreneurs and volunteer professionals who joined us on the day.

(Pictured: Sprial Team celebrating success of the two day programme; also pictured are two of Ark EGA ex-students who were apart of the team)

To find out more about the Work Related Learning Programme, or to discover other collaboration events or programmes with Spiral Skills or ARK Evelyn Grace Academy, please contact Spiral’s CMO emma@spiralskills.co.uk, visit www.spiralskills.co.uk or follow on instagram.