Students in Years 7 and 8 have a double lesson per fortnight called ‘Enterprise’. The aim of this curriculum is to develop students’ employability skills, whilst working on projects that will serve the local and wider community. For example, Year 8 students work with the NHS dementia team to create a ‘distraction box’, used by staff and dementia patients in NHS settings. We work with national companies, such as Natwest as well as local companies such as ‘Louby’s Bakery’, giving our students access to a wide variety of employers in different industries.
Each lesson has a specific employability focus including teamwork, communication skills, problem solving, public speaking, creativity and many more. If you are an employer interested in working with us, please contact swilcockson@davidnieper.
As well as employer projects, students also take part in a variety of employability workshops to enhance their employability skills and behaviours. In Year 8, we welcome ‘Medical Mavericks’, who deliver a workshop looking at careers in STEM – particularly in medical and science-based settings. Students are able to use real medical equipment such as ECG machines, key-hole surgery replicas and a range of other scientific and medical equipment. They discuss STEM careers suitable for all abilities and routes into these after completion of GCSEs.
We also take part in employability workshops delivered by Bright Futures. The focus of these workshops are entrepreneurism, social and commercial enterprise and managing financial risk.