Inspiring futures at Derby school as it builds on careers offering

PUPILS studying construction have enjoyed work experience on a building site in the school grounds as part of a new initiative to ensure students are equipped for the world of work.

Students at Murray Park School, in Mickleover, have been working with Wates Construction which is building a new £8m classroom block on the Murray Road site to accommodate an additional 600 pupils.

Year 10 and 11 pupils at the school have been able to get hands on experience on the site to reinforce their studies for GCSE Construction and Developing the Built Environment, which they undertake at Derby College.

The involvement is all part of a drive at the school to improve careers provision by linking lessons to the world of work and giving pupils the opportunity to learn from employers about professions and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

And all teachers at the school are being given training in how to link their lessons to the workplace, so that pupils can see how their studies apply to the real world.

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Head teacher Nicola Caley said: “I want our pupils to see that what they are learning is not in isolation and that the purpose of their education is not just to pass exams but to learn skills which will help them throughout life.

“When they are learning about Pythagoras I want teachers to explain how it relates to real life. I believe this is the only way to enthuse them in learning – by making it applicable to the everyday.

“One of the teaching practices I learned about during a trip to China was the mastery curriculum, where every lesson moves up in complexity culminating with how the process is applied in the workplace or life.

“I want all the lessons here to be taught in the same way, so that pupils can see the value in what they are learning.”

The school is the only one in the city with a dedicated Aspirations, Careers and Employability (ACE) team which is led by a full-time ACE co-ordinator, who ensures all students receive individual support.

Murray Park is also a preferred partner school with Toyota, which allows them to send 20 Year 10 students every year on the Toyota Industrial Cadet Programme.

And it also hosts a range of enrichment and enterprise activities with local employers including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier, Jury’s Inn and the Royal Derby Hospital which includes work experience and CV writing workshops.

Mrs Caley added: “I want every Murray Park pupil to be ambitious and have a vision for their own life and this means we need to raise aspirations amongst our cohort.

“We intend to invite as many parents as possible to come into school and talk about their professions with pupils and I would like to establish further links with industry.

“The construction students are thoroughly enjoying watching our wonderful new building take shape and we are very grateful to Wates for sparing the time to encourage our students and help them to gain a greater understanding of the industry.”


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