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Practicalandvocationalshortcoursein
constructionskills:casestudy

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BuryStEdmundsSENPartnership

JanAries,ElizabethHollandand
MickTruman

TheBuryStEdmundsSENPartnershipconsistsofthree
specialschoolsandtheSchoolofFoundationStudiesat
WestSuffolkCollege.ThePartnershipalsoincludesall
fourupperschoolsinthelocality.
ThePartnershipcameintoexistencethroughspecial
schoolsworkingcloselytogetherandthedevelopment
oftheDiplomaPartnershiplocallyinBuryStEdmunds.

01284761934
mick.truman@priory.suffolk.sch.uk

www.hillsidespecial.org.uk

www.riverwalk.suffolk.sch.uk

www.wsc.ac.uk

www.priory.suffolk.sch.uk

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1. Projectoutline(intendedoutcomes,etc)
TheBuryStEdmundspartnershipconsistsofthreespecial
schools,PriorySchool,RiverwalkSchoolandHillside
School,andtheSchoolofFoundationStudiesatWest
SuffolkCollege.Theshortpracticalandvocationalcourse
inPaintingandDecorating(P&D)wasdevelopedaspart
ofajointvocationallearningprogrammewhichallows
studentswithawidevarietyofneedstoexperience
specificvocationalskillsinanappropriateprofessional
spacewithavocationaltutor.
MarkAmes,whoalreadyworkswiththePartnershipin
thePaintingandDecoratingunit,wasfirstapproached
butnowDaveWood,fromtheConstructionandBuilding
ServicesofWestSuffolkCollege,hasbecomethetutor
andhasdevelopedarangeofactivitiesdeliveredto
groupsofupto10studentseachThursdaymorningfor2
hourseachweek.Theshortcourselasts6weeksandis
repeatedtoadifferentgroupofstudentseachhalfterm.
Thestudentsparticipateinpracticalactivitieswithaconstructionfocustodevelopan
understandingofsomeoftheskillsneededtoworkinthisfield.Theexperienceswouldleadto
studentsevaluatingtheskillslearnedandmakingconnectionstoeverydaylifeandwork,and
helpthemtoassesswhethertheywouldbeappropriateskillstohelpthemintheirfutures
beyondschooleitherathomeordevelopedfurtherthroughtrainingasaprofession.

2. Projectactivitiesandapproaches
BeguninSeptember2011,thecoursehasevolvedusingthetriedandtestedstructureofthe
PaintingandDecoratingunitwhichhasnowbeenrunningfornearlytwoyears.10students
fromtheSENPartnershiptakepartinasixweekcoursewithconstructionskillsasthefocus.
ThevenueistheSkillsCentreattachedtoSudburyUpperSchoolinSudbury,Suffolk.
Eachweekapracticalactivityisintroducedtothestudentsbythetutorandtheskillsare
practisedbythestudents.Studentsweresupervisedbyschoolstaffduringtheactivitiesand
encouragedtoparticipateasfullyaspossible.Activitieshaveincludedmixingmortar,
preparingandlayingbricks,makingslabs,layingandarrangingpavingslabs,carryingmaterials
safelyandwearingappropriateclothingandprotectiveequipment.

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3. Projectoutcomes
Thelearningformspartofthevocationalprogrammeofferedbyeachschool.Thelearning
wasrecordedandispartoftheaccreditationofferedbyeachschool(ASDANTransition
Challenge,ASDANTowardsIndependenceorCity&GuildsEmployabilityandPersonal
Development)atvariouslevelsfromentrylevel1toentrylevel3.
Eachstudentisrequiredtocompletean
evaluationoftheirexperiencesandlearningat
theendofthesixweeks.Thestudent
evaluationformisintendedforusein
portfoliosofwork,recordinglearning
experiencesandcanbeusedinthestudents
ProgressFiledemonstratinglevelsofsuccess
inpracticalactivities.Wehavebeenusingtwo
differentiatedformstorecordthestudents
assessmentsandhaverecentlyaddeda
furtherdifferentiationbyusingsymbolsand
text.Seeappendixforthesheets.
Theevaluationprocesshasbeendevelopedfurthertoincludeindividualtutorreportsbased
upontheEmployabilityforLifeSuffolkCharteraswellasseparatefeedbackfromschoolsat
meetingsandthroughevaluationformsforthestaffinvolved.

4. Evaluationandimpact
TheuseoftheSkillsCentrehasbeenamajorimprovementinalltheshortpracticaland
vocationalcoursesofferedtothestudentsasitraisesitsprofilefromaschoolbasedactivity
toonewhichhelpsdevelopawiderunderstandingofworkenvironmentsanddemandsa
moreprofessionalattitudefrom
thestudents.
Itimpactsonstudentsinthe
developmentofmaturityskills,
independenceskills,socialskills
andbetterawarenessofothers.
Thishasbeennotedbystaffinthat
thestudentshavebeen
demonstratingbehaviourswhich
havefocussedonwork,awareness
ofskillsbeingdevelopedandsense
ofachievement.
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Therearesomeminorimprovementsneededtotweakthisprovision.Althoughthefacilities
areappropriateforusewithstudentsinwheelchairstherearenochangingfacilities,useofa
hoistforexample,whichmaybeneededforcertainstudents.Oneoftheschoolsrisk
assessmenthasidentifiedotheradjustmentswhichneedtobemadeorcompensatedforby
theschoolstaff.ThesewillbediscussedwiththeSkillsCentre.
Studentevaluationswerepositiveandfeelthattheyhadgoodexperiences.Someexample
comments:

Usingashovelandworkingwithbrick
(arenewskills)
MichaelYear11student

Ienjoyedpushingthesackbarrow.Its
goodfunandhardwork.
JackYear11student

Roryenjoyedallaspectsofconstruction
fromlayingbrickstoplasteringawall
Year11student

Tutorcommentshaveincluded:

Motivatedtojoininwithdifferenttasksandotherstudents

Improvedlevelsofengagementandconcentrationintheactivities

Brittanyhaslearnttotryandlistentoinstructionsbeforerushingoff

Stafffeedbackfromtheschoolswasagainpositiveanditwasnotedthatstudentshadenjoyed
thelearningandpracticalexperiencesaswellasdevelopingpracticalskills.

Thestudentshavedevelopedanunderstandingaboutkeepingsafewhendoingnew
activities.

Thegradualintroductionofmorecomplexskillsworkedverywell.

(Thetutor)createdproblemsolvingsituationsandencouragedourstudentstowork
togethertoresolvethese

5. Nextstepstosustainability
TheBurySENPartnershiphasbeenseekingfundstohelppayforthetutorcostsbuthave
beenpayingtheirowntransportandstaffingcostsaswellashireoftheSkillsCentre
workshop.

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ParticipationbyWestSuffolkCollegestudentsandstudentnumberstoincreaseto12to
spreadthecostsbetween4partnersthusreducingtheamounteachpartnerhastopay.

6. Conclusions/keymessages
Studentenjoymentwashighonthelistofsuccessesandthestaffinvolvedindeliveringthe
programmeofferedopportunitiesofahighcalibre.AsaPartnership,wecouldhaveprovided
trainingtothestaffatWestSuffolkCollegetopreparethembetterforthestudentsneeds
andabilities.DaveWoodmanagesthesessionsverywellwithappropriatetasksandactivities
despitethislackofinformationandtrainingbeforehand.
Challengeforthestudentsisinstrumentalinthesuccessandenjoyment.Theprofessionaland
purposefulenvironmenthasledtohighexpectationofbehaviourandapproachtothetasks
onthestudentsbehalfwhichinturnhasresultedinsuccessfulbehaviourfrommore
challengingstudents.
AwarenessofappropriateclothingandPPE,heighteneddevelopmentofhealthandsafety
issuesforthestudentshasbeenareward.Thesenseofachievementforstudentsand
awarenessofdevelopmentofworktowardsafinalresult.
Thedynamicsbetweentheschoolshasbeenverypositivestaffandstudentsalikeand
handledinasharingandprofessionalmanner.

Appendix:
Examplereviewandassessmentsheetsdevelopedforthispracticalandvocationalcourse

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Evaluationoflearnerexperiences

Participatingschool:

Staff

Coursetitle:

ConstructionskillsBurySENPartnership

Date:

Pleasecommentonyourexperiencesworkingwiththestudentsinthiscourse.
Commentonsuitabilityofthevenue,contentpresentedinanappropriateway,effectivenessof
priorcommunication,organisationandplanningasappropriate.
1.Whatwentwell?

2.Whatdidnotgosowell?

3.Evenbetterif?

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Studentname:

Homeschool:

Coursetitle:

Completiondate:

Nameoftutor:

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Deliveringcentre:

Employability 4 Life
Suffolk Charter
1.Attendanceandpunctuality

2.Appearance

3.Communication

4.Motivation

5.Professionalconduct

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Students name:
1. How do you feel about the work you have been doing?
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2. What new skills have you learned?


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3. Where could you use these new skills?


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4. Have you learned how to stay safe when doing this work?
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5. Would you like to do more of this work?


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Tutor comments:
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Students name:
1. How do you feel about the work you have been doing?

I have enjoyed
this

Tutor comment

I did not like this

2. Have you learned new skills?

Yes

Tutor comment

No

3. Where could you use these new skills?

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4. Have you learned how to stay safe when doing this work?

Yes

Tutor comment

No

5. Would you like to do more of this work?

Yes

Tutor comment

No

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