Work Related Learning
In 2004, it was a Government statutory requirement for schools to include Work Related Learning within the curriculum.
- Learn through work
- Learn about work
- Learn for work
Why do students require Work Related Learning?
This type of learning raises a students awareness of the working world, helps to identify their existing skills or the skills which they need to improve upon. Skills including communication, working in a team, using their initiative, learning the importance of basic Maths and English and many more. These are important life skills that Palatine continually embeds in and out of the schools curriculum.
Work Related learning activities that take place within subject areas link the subject to the real world. In addition to the school subjects, over the last six years, Palatine has worked closely with Blackpool & Fylde College in providing Work Related Learning College options, including Mechanical Engineering, Hair and Beauty Therapy, Construction and Aero/Nautical Engineering.
Enterprise Education - Hero
"Enterprise education motivates learners and can help raise aspirations and develop valuable skills for further education and employment. Young people enjoy being given some autonomy to tackle problems, take responsibility for their own actions, engage in real issues and evaluate the outcomes of their decisions."
- QCA definition of Enterprise
Palatines Enterprise Education coordinator works closely with Blackpool Council's HERO Enterprise project in providing students with various opportunities to take part in Enterprise Education.
The purpose of Enterprise Education is to raise awareness of :-
- Enterprise Capabilities- Decision making, organisation skills, determination, creativity, innovation, risk management, initiative.
- Financial Capabilities- knowledge of money, credit, investment, financial planning, budgeting, financial understanding of business.
- Economic and Business Understanding- understanding of markets, economic growth, challenges of business, responsibility of employers to the community and environment.
All Enterprise activities that take place in school are run and organised by the students.
A flavour of the activities that have taken place as part of extra curriculum activity so far include:
- School Bank- due to re-open October 2009.
- Pencil Case Stationary Shop- Open three mornings a week.
- Super Science Enterprise- growing and selling plants/ producing greeting cards and soaps to sell.
- Make Your Mark National Competition.
- The TIMES Newspaper competition.
- Dragons Den.
- MC Battle.
If you would like anymore information please contact Ms Baker in school.
Since April 2008, Palatine students have undertook the challenge of making our school a recycling school.
Working closely with Blackpool Borough Council, students conducted various audits relating to school wastage, the schools plan for recycling unit to be contained within school and also took part in school assemblies to raise the profile of this important project. Recycle United then implemented the project into the schools weekly routine and in turn created a whole ethos for recycling. Since the project commenced Palatine has recycled over 92,000 litres of paper wastage.
With this great achievement, Palatines Recycle United Won the HERO Award for Best Recycling School in Blackpool.