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PROGRESS AT BTH

CAREER AND WORK-RELATED
EXPERIENCES 

Inspiring futures and maximising learner outcomes through career and work-related experiences (CWRE).

Our Innovative and Bespoke CWRE offer:

Bryn Tirion Hall School aims to help all learners to fulfil their potential and experience success through an educational environment which responds to individual needs and stimulates and challenges each and every pupil. As a cross-cutting theme throughout the Curriculum for Wales, the processes of informing, advising and guiding learners are accorded a high priority and, within BTH School, these are seen as crucial in preparing pupils to make decisions regarding the opportunities and challenges of adult and working life.

We believe that developing integral skills through collaboration with employers, organisations and educational providers is key to providing the structure, guidance and experiences necessary to develop each learner as a whole and ensure their transition into adult life runs as smoothly as possible.

Our Estyn Report for 2023 says that, “The school provides an extensive range of high-quality learning experiences to prepare pupils for adult life. For example, through careers and work-related education.”

Our CWRE offer, alongside employability and essential skills, is embedded throughout the curriculum for all year groups, but is sub-divided into two distinct areas to meet the developing needs of learners according to age and ability:

Careerousel

BTH School’s Careerousel Programme allows even the youngest of pupils to start thinking about their future by identifying their strengths, interests and aspirations and linking them to achievable, meaningful careers.

Activities and projects run alongside the cross-cutting themes as part of the new Curriculum for Wales to enhance learning and understanding in the classroom. Each activity is linked to one of the 6 Areas of Learning and Experience:

  • Expressive Arts;
  • Health and Well-being;
  • Humanities;
  • Languages, Literacy and Communication;
  • Mathematics and Numeracy;
  • Science and Technology.
Lower School collaborative partners
2022-2023 include:

  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • National Trust
  • Mechanix
  • Xplore Science Discovery
  • Factory of Magic
  • Menter Iaith
  • Theatre Clywd
  • AmaSing
  • Wrexham Museum
  • The Chamber of Commerce
  • Welsh Mountain Zoo
  • Pizza Express
  • RNLI

Engagement and achievements are fed into every pupil’s individual review and annual reporting processes. Outcomes of these activities also help to determine the individual pupil’s pathway into the Upper School curriculum and alternative provision opportunities which are determined by the school Leadership Team during Year 8.

Pathways

Our Upper School pupils progress onto a structured suite of employability-focused education and experiences from year 8 summer term transition. This balances targeted career-based opportunities – already identified in Lower School – with work experience/volunteering, guest speakers, industry visits and careers fairs. One to one interviews take place throughout the upper school years to guide and advise pupils, and produce bespoke pathway plans focusing on the transition onto post 16 provision and/or employment. Focus is also on further developing the soft and hard skill requirements needed for certain careers. Careers Wales input ensures that support is in place for an effective transition to Post 16 and that all stakeholders are fully aware and involved in plans and progress. All learners start work on CV and interview preparation, visit colleges, employers and training providers and receive full support with application processes and interviews.

In addition, an Alternative Provision Framework is also on offer to increase vocational skills and qualifications and specifically targets those pupils on a vocational pathway. We have collaborative arrangements with our Further Education partners Coleg Cambria, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, West Cheshire College and North Shropshire College, as well as a Progression Agreement with Wrexham University to support our pupils and encourage further learning and maximise outcomes.

BTH Pathways supports every learner’s interests, strengths and abilities and enables them to translate the practical experiences they gain with us into the skills and knowledge required to make more informed choices about their next steps and future career.

Upper School collaborative project and partners in 2022-2023 include:

  • W Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce
  • Various jobs and career fairs
  • Meet the Professional – Employer visits and talks
  • College and University workshops, tours and subject specific talks
  • Hay Festival Scribblers
  • MD Creations expressive arts production
  • Volunteering/Work experience
  • Alternative Provision including Cornerstones, Impact and MPTC
  • Action for Children Skills Plus project
  • School links 30 week college programme
  • Curriculum linked trips

The whole school Careers Education Programme has been designed in response to the Welsh Government agenda and strategic objectives of our School Development Plan in ensuring that every pupil has access to current, well-researched information around all of the options available to them after compulsory education. As a school, we pride ourselves on our clear focus on pupil destinations and career outcomes. We are dedicated to ensuring that every pupil receives the best support possible throughout their time with us and regardless of background or ability. Everyone is encouraged to aspire and both CWRE and skills development is embedded into the core ethos of our school.

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“I found the learners to be engaging and polite. They asked lots of great quality questions and listened diligently to my answers. If I was given the opportunity to deliver at BTH School again I would not hesitate to say yes! I found the whole experience very fulfilling.”

Gavin Eastham,
Cobra Life Family Martial Arts Black Belt Academy

“Following on from a number of successful sessions, Glyndwr university is thrilled to have signed a Progression Agreement with Bryn Tirion Hall School this academic year, illustrating a mutual commitment to informing and supporting harder to reach learners with their future aspirations and potential progression onto further and higher education. We look forward to even closer collaboration in the future!”

Amber Percy,
Widening Access Co-ordinator
Wrexham Glyndwr University

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