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Raising aspirations for students in Learning Support

We are pleased to be working with DEBP once again to offer our students in Learning Support a range of additional careers activities to help them to prepare for life after school. The DEBP (Direct Education Business Partnership) ‘Raising Aspirations’ programme is designed to encourage young people to plan ahead and think about their next steps with confidence.

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 have been working with Employability Worker, Eric Bowyer, who specialises in working with young people with special education needs. The group have been taking part in a range of workshops to build their confidence and knowledge of post-16 options and to learn about the importance of employability skills. The last session saw students thinking about teamwork and the different roles within a team as they worked together in pairs or groups to build some fantastic bridge structures using K’Nex. This activity also highlighted some of the other skills they might need to succeed in a job, such as good communication, planning and evaluation skills.

Students will be attending an ‘Introduction to the World of Work’ session next where they will look at the differences between work and education, learn about employers’ expectations in the workplace and research a range of different jobs and sectors to increase their knowledge of Labour Market Information.

DEBP are a charitable organisation who specialise in raising the aspirations of young people and supporting them to fulfil their potential. We are delighted to be working with them again to offer such a worthwhile programme for our students in Learning Support. It has really helped the group to think about their next steps and the skills they might need to succeed. To find out more about the DEBP’s work, go to

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