Linking Curriculum to the World of Work
Across all of the programme that we run here at the centre, these World of Work days I think are the purest manifestation of what the research tells us we should be doing more of to develop social and cultural capital. Today was Maths and we had brilliant help from Jim (PD Ports/Logistics Academy and RHA), Dannielle and Lily (PD Ports), Manuel (Middlesbrough College) and Tedy and Godley from Teesside University. The feedback on the day was as always excellent from the students and teachers who came from St Peter’s, UCA, Abbey Hill and Wyvern Academy. The sessions showed a huge range of applications of maths in both workplace thinking and also people’s private lives and the enthusiasm of the pupils reflected the engagement they had in each of the sessions.
What was also brilliant was that the context had clearly got some of the pupils thinking hard. Lindsey a Year 7 from St Peter’s asked me how we operated the finances at the centre, running in house catering and the room hire. She wanted an in depth understanding of how we use the money from that side of the business to support the not for profit work that we do with schools and the community. Such a great question and the sort of intelligent engagement that we would want in any prospective employee!