The Inspiration Programme gives students direct access to employers and real life situations
The programme is built around 5 themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Arts and Culture
- Working Life
- Community and the Environment
- Police and Criminal Justice
Each theme runs through 6 weekly sessions, built into the school timetable. Every session includes activities to build the key employability skills: team working, problem solving and communication skills.
Each theme begins with an inspirational session introducing the topic, exploring and challenging the students’ existing understanding. Throughout the 6 weeks, students will be exposed to a wide range of career opportunities relating to the theme and the final, reflective session will include research into those careers which have been of interest to individual students.
A small number of trips out of school are an essential part of the programme, expanding horizons and broadening experience.
The programme is suitable for students of all academic abilities including those with special educational needs and produces its best results in the sixth from though some schools prefer to offer it from Year 9 upwards.
What the programme achieves.
Participants gain enormously in confidence, experience and those essential employability skills as well as adding a range of experiences to their personal statement. Attendance at school and application in other lessons has increased for many students as they gain focus and purpose.
Students must complete the course work and attend at least 75% of sessions to be considered as having completed the programme and then awarded a certificate.