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The Youth Works Community College curriculum has been developed in line with learners’ experiences and feedback, aiming to engage learners who have struggled within a mainstream setting.
Our curriculum provides learners with qualifications in the functional skills of English, Maths and ICT, as well as a range of vocational and arts based subjects and with positive opportunities to learn and achieve. Functional skills are the essential skills needed to partake in learning and employment.
It builds learners’ confidence in their capacity to learn and work, developing resilience and a growth mindset. It also promotes learners’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, preparing them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Learning plans are developed based on:
Subjects are taught in small groups of learners who are of similar ability rather than year groups. Individual learning plans may include therapeutic and groupwork interventions dependent on need.
There may also be the option for iGCSE and GCSE in Maths, English, Science, Geography and History.
Initial and ongoing assessment of learning and social and emotional progress are an intrinsic part of the programme and include the following:
Youth Works were an alternative education provision during the 2017 to 2018 academic year, resulting in learner progress being ‘measured’ in a different format to mainstream schools.
Special recognition is given to our key stage 4 learners’ achievements, as they have often disengaged from education before attending our provision.
|Functional Skills Maths||100% of learners achieved Functional Skills Maths|
|Functional Skills English||77% of learners achieved Functional Skills English|
|Functional Skills ICT||66% of learners achieved Functional Skills ICT|
|Vocational or employability qualifications||77% of learners achieved one or more City & Guilds accredited vocational or employability qualifications|
89% of learners continued in education or training when leaving Youth Works.
At Youth Works, success is measured by more than the achievement of qualifications.
During the 2018 to 2019 academic year, learners:
“Not only did my son sit his exams and pass with great grades, he has also been accepted for not one but three courses at Tresham. My little boy has turned into a great young man.”
– Parent of previous student