Employability and Skills : Forest School/Opportunity Thurrock/Work Experience
Forest schools is a unique way of building independence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning in young people as they explore and experience the natural world for themselves.
A combination of freedom and responsibility is beneficial to any young people particularly those with issue around self-confidence or challenging behaviour.
Valuable life skills are learned including communication, team working, responsibility and resilience.
Opportunity Thurrock is the region’s largest careers and further education expo, bringing together nearly 100 exhibitors including local employers from the private and public sectors, colleges and universities. Around 2,500 students from local schools and colleges in Thurrock benefit from the event, which is held on the first Wednesday in October, each year.
Thurrock Council is pleased to provide robust, auditable systems and processes to enable meaningful and safe work experience, comprising:
- Student self-sourced placement form
- Top tips for sourcing own placement
- Letter of Understanding (between the school and the employer)
- Health & Safety assurance
- Personalised role descriptions
- Safeguarding summary sheet
- Benefits of work experience summary sheet
- Student induction checklist
- Student workbook designed for independent learning pre, during and after placement
- A list of useful websites re health and safety in the workplace
- Student/employer evaluation form designed to measure impact
Thurrock Broadband Services
Our Thurrock Broadband Services for education have been specifically designed to meet the ICT needs of the education sector
Our highly skills team provide challenge and support for KS1 and KS2 education.
Health and Safety Advisory Service
We offer health and safety advice to schools and academies
Crisis Communication for Schools
Thurrock Council’s communications team offers round-the-clock crisis communication support to school management teams and their governing bodies.
Schools are always vulnerable to events which, without careful handling, can seriously damage their reputation. These situations can include:
• criminal allegations against staff
• serious or fatal injuries to pupils at, or away from, schools
• whole or part closure due to health and safety concerns
• criminal damage to the premises
• criminal allegations against a pupil
• missing pupils
That’s why we’ve developed a special crisis communications support package for local schools.
Early Years Entitlement
Information on two, three and four year old funding
Thurrock Services for Schools
Working in collaboration with our education partners
OnTrack is a programme to help young people in Thurrock who are unemployed and not in education or training.
You can benefit from OnTrack if you are:
• aged 16 to 29 years-old
• living in Thurrock
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