Case Study -Bosworth Academy | Award Nomination 2016

Mike Winterton, Construction Teacher
Bosworth Academy
 
Practice:
In an initiative to engage post 16 students in a vocational route, Bosworth Academy consulted local employers and the community. Local businesses suggested the areas of skills shortages to address, and Mike led the provision of new support for students who had previously been difficult to motivate as they had been locked in a cycle of under-achievement. In partnership with Caterpillar, the school developed a course that would fit the brief drafted with businesses, enable Caterpillar to recruit from the post-16 students, and develop links across the whole school.
 
Impact:
The engineering class has visited Caterpillar every 3 weeks, both in school time and holidays with experiences ranging from full work day simulations to discussions of ‘standard work’ (a work study that is linked to lean manufacturing). The initiative has shown positive results with one student having joined the army and one having successfully joined an apprenticeship programme with a local employer. None of the previous behaviours have been a problem this year and attendance is running at around 95%. The students are driving their own learning with extra-curricular activities being requested and organised by the students.

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