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Case Study - Walsall Academy | Award Nomination 2016

We are delighted that the Whole Education Award for Passport to Employment in 2016 was sponsored by The Edge Foundation.
 
The Edge Foundation is an independent education charity. It is dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning. All young people should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and the UK’s future workforce needs to be equipped with the skills to be successful in the modern, global economy. Edge believes that “learning by doing” should be valued equally with academic learning and that all learners should experience a mix of both. There are many paths to success.

 
Case Study:
Jon Clarke, Deputy Head
Walsall Academy Senior
 
Practice:
Jon has to date taken thousands of students from a variety of backgrounds on visits in the UK and beyond – including taking over 3000 students on Outward Bound Trust residential courses and taking students to work on projects in Ethiopia and Nepal. Jon has developed industrial partnerships, in particular with the Mid Counties Co-operative, who created a bespoke course with a focus on sustainability and employability skills, allowing students to develop an initiative with the company and implement it over 12 months. This course has now been rolled out to 5 other schools and won acclaim from Business in the Community.
 
Impact:
Students have been able to challenge themselves, developing resilience and life skills. Both staff and students have been taken outside their comfort zone and the skills they have learnt have been transferred back into the classroom and then into the workplace later in life. Through evaluations, Jon is able to demonstrate the impact of learning outside the classroom in terms of academic attainment and also in its social impact. Jon believes that this work has been pivotal in the success of Walsall Academy.

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