Preparing for Year 10 work experience – a guide for parents and carers

Preparing for Year 10 work experience – a guide for parents and carers

This week we have launched work experience for Year 10 students.


What is work experience?

Work experience will provide your son/daughter with an introduction in to the world of work through undertaking a work placement on employer premises, carrying out tasks or duties in the role of an employee and learn valuable work skills such as punctuality, communication, commitment and team work.


What do parents and carers need to do now?

Work Experience takes place between Monday 6 and Friday 10 July 2020. Whilst that seems like a long way away, it takes a very long time to organise work experience for all of Year 10 and we do need parents and carers to return some paperwork very soon. We have posted out copies of the documents we need signed and returned, but you can also download them below.

We require consent forms for all of Year 10 to be returned by Friday 25 October 2019.

We encourage students to find their own work experience placements if they have an interest in a particular occupation or industry. A guide and the self-placement form are below, and these need to be returned by Friday 6 December 2019. 

We work with Our Futures Ltd; in line with HSE guidelines, we will check that employers have up to date Employers Liability Insurance at the time of the placement, brief them on work experience and best practice, and undertake health & safety appraisals where necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of students.


Why is work experience important?

Work experience is an opportunity for young people to experience working life while they are still in school.  It provides your child a chance to…

  • Work with adults as part of a team
  • Practice their skills and develop new skills
  • Learn the importance of transferable skills
  • Gain confidence in their abilities
  • Apply their school-work to the workplace
  • Think more clearly about their future working life


What can you do to help your child?


  • Help them to understand the goodwill, time and effort that their employer is contributing.
  • Advise the academy of any factors that might affect their work
  • Ensure your child introduces themselves to their employer (by phone or visiting) 4 weeks before they go on placement. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the placement and an alternative may not be possible, if there are problems making contact with the employer please inform school immediately and not the week before your child is due out as this will leave little time to sort out any
  • Ensure they attend their placement every day and arrive on time
  • Ensure that your child notifies both the school and the employer if they are unable to attend for any reason
  • Inform the school of any difficulties experienced during the placement
  • Encourage your child to have a positive approach to the placement even if it is not related to the career-goal they have in mind at the moment