topic one – in the workplace
teacher's notes - general approach
This term pupils are going to be out of school for a short time
to join the world of work.
This topic should help them to
• prepare for moving from school to work
• get as much as they can from their work experience
The pupils are being asked to
a) help each other to identify the qualities in themselves which
are related to tasks they may have to undertake on work experience.
b) reflect on one thing about themselves they would like to change.
c) talk through strategies with each other relating to the issues
raised by (b) in relation to joining the world of work.
Positive, constructive and supportive attitudes should be developed
Having introduced the topic, give each pupil a copy of worksheet
1 (page 3) In the work place to complete on
their own. These should be put on file until needed in task
You will find three tasks which can be used in preparation for
going out into the workplace. Task three also has
follow-up to the work experience.
Leaving the safe environment of school is quite a daunting experience
for many young people. They are 'on their own' for the first time.
They are going to be accountable for their work and their attitudes
to people who are strangers but who are making demands on their
skills, assessing their attitudes and deciding whether or not they
have something worthwhile to contribute.
Worksheet 2 (page 4) Stepping
out - task one could be completed individually or if preferred
in groups of three or four, sharing their individual experiences
with each other and then recording the answers to questions 1-4
only. When this is done a class discussion would help to see the
relevance of these experiences to the one they are going to embark
on. After this question 5 could be done individually.