Durham Tees Valley Support for Schools Team
Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and alternative curriculum schools welcomed the teams support. The team recognised that raising aspirations and preparation for work go hand in hand to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Employers and training providers had previously being unwilling to attend such schools due to pre-conceived ideas. The Social Mobility Agenda and the new Careers Stategy has changed the thinking on this. We have delivered sessions to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students, ensuring that regardless of the students background they don’t get left behind. The Support for School team have worked tirelessly to engage with employers and partners. Working with schools in the most deprived areas, the team has introduced the students to more than 15 employers such as J&B Recycling & Start Energy, which has led to more informed students, employer visits and even apprenticeship offers. The team has introduced students to providers such as Stronger Families, National Citizen Service (NCS) and Successful Futures. They have offered a range of activities and opportunities including an ECO project and confidence building. The team have used their own creativity to design and deliver a range of bespoke employability sessions including The World of Work programme for students with mental health issues. Often students from lower social economic backgrounds may lack self esteem, even excluded from mainstream school. The team have worked to break down the stigma and barriers faced by these students. By introducing them to employers and providers the team have raised he students aspirations about future employment and allowing them to realise that where they start off in life does not have to be where you end up. The team has given the students an insight into the world of work and helping the students realise their full potential.