At Wodensborough Academy we have recognised that there is a need for post 16 education for our most vulnerable learners with SEND and have an EHCP. Therefore, we are excited and proud to open our doors to our first cohort of learners this year in our new sixth form called “WOA6”.
Our aims are to provide as many opportunities as possible for learners to continue to be part of school and community life. We believe that our curriculum offer will provide the building blocks needed to embed the knowledge of cultural capital that our learners need to succeed. Our curriculum provides depth, allows for personalisation and develops employability skills appropriate to learners needs.
Our PSHE programmes of study promote physical health, social and emotional development and mental health to support wellbeing. These programmes build on existing communication skills and encourage learners to interact with their peers and other adults as they build confidence through work experience placements which is integral to our careers programme.
Our careers programme will prepare learners for the next stages of their lives helping them to make decisions about their futures. In the first year they will experience work experience placements both internal and external to broaden their horizons. Those who enrol onto our supported ‘internship’ programme will be able to progress onto an apprenticeship with an employer in the second year.
Our enrichment programme encourages our young learners to develop team building skills, communication, and develop resilience. Through DofE they are able to progress through the awards and for some build on success from year 11. This supports communication and language, confidence and team work.
Finally, we believe that our curriculum offer brings everything together as a ‘package’ to prepare our young learners for adult life, instilling them with the confidence and resilience to succeed as they move into the “world of work”.
So, What Are Supported Internships?
A structured study programme working with an employer.
It enables young people aged 16-24 with a SEN statement, Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) to work towards paid employment.
It enables learners to acquire the skills they need for work.
It provides learning in the workplace.
They are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months.
They can support the transition into paid employment in the second year.
It enables learners to study for qualifications specific to the workplace which could include English and maths either at GCSE or functional skills.
Job coaches are provided to support learners in the workplace.
Why An Internship?
Nationally only 7% of people with Learning Disabilities are in Employment despite 65% who want to work. WOA6 don’t want their young adults to be part of this statistic. We believe that all young people should have the same opportunities to be part of the workforce and have meaningful encounters with employers.