West dunbartonshire primary school work experience presentation oct 2013
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  • INTRODUCTIONS <br /> Linda Shaw - WDC Facilities Officer and I am delighted to come along today with <br /> Sharon Lockhart – Cook from Bonhill PS school where our Primary work experience programme started <br /> Stephanie & Nicola P7 have just completed their work experience Aug this year and will share their experiences with you all. <br />
  • Background <br /> In West Dunbartonshire Council area we have 12,400 Pupils within <br /> 6 High schools <br /> 34 Primary schools & 1 SAN school. <br /> As one Scotland’s most deprived local authority areas, we recognised that poverty & poor diet are linked to levels of poor health and I’m sure that this is also reflected in many of your own local authority areas. <br /> The work experience initiative offers pupils within a primary school environment the opportunity to learn in a real and meaningful workplace setting , and at the same time promotes Nutritional standards and the school lunch service to our customers . <br /> OPPORTUNITY in 2010 <br /> Just completed Scottish Government FSM pilot – meal uptake had decreased <br /> New school with fabulous new kitchen facilities <br /> Looking for a way to encourage pupils to have a school lunch <br /> Recruited New catering team internally – who were enthusiastic – forward thinking <br /> Delivering valued services together : <br /> maximise partnership working and school meal uptake <br /> positive programme of work experience & health promotion <br /> Kitchen integrated part of the school ( another classroom ) <br /> Nutritional standards : <br /> Raising awareness of nutritional standards to young people <br /> Improving health & well being of young people at present and for the future <br /> School meal profile /uptake : <br /> In recent years school meals service has had some negative press and this programme has raised the profile at a local and national level. <br /> Recognition from parents, teachers, pupils , Scottish Government , Education Scotland ,HMIE , Education professionals. <br /> 10% increase in meal uptake since commencement of project started and has remained steady over the last 2 years . <br /> Link Curriculum for Excellence to Health & Well being THIS PROJECT OFFERS <br /> Skills for life - healthy choices in nutrition and lifestyle <br /> Skills for work – team work , work ethics and self motivation <br /> Skills for learning - transfer of class based skills , numeracy ,literacy, hygiene , nutrition communication <br /> Skills for the future – transfer of skills to new situations in a real work place environment – confidence, responsibility. <br />
  • As with any new project we came up against many challenges <br /> Main issue Health & Safety <br /> HT & Sharon Consulted – H & S colleagues , put proposals to parents, pupils ,catering team <br /> Worked closely with H & S – together we identified and managed the risks associated with having young people in a busy hazardous environment & developed a suitable risk assessment. <br /> Identifying any set up costs required – Uniforms were the only area where we required funding – this was funded jointly by Muller Wiseman & prize money which school won , as recognition at WDC Educations Annual Amazing things award scheme. Bought chefs jackets / trousers / hats – embroidered supplier & school logo . <br /> GOOD NEWS IS …................................................................ <br /> This initiative can be replicated within any local authority, for any service, the cost implications are minimal and all you need is time commitment and enthusiasm from all partners involved . <br />
  • Sharon <br /> Explain work experience <br /> Started with us working with each class linking food to class lessons <br /> e.g <br /> P1 learning their letters E egg – explained different ways to cook eggs <br /> P3 topic - <br /> P7 work experience started <br /> WHAT YOU DO <br /> Class induction August each year P7 – joint Class teacher and myself <br /> COVERING <br /> Health & Safety & Personal & Food Hygiene Basics <br /> EXPLAIN PROGRAMME IN OWN WORDS <br /> 1 day per week for 5 weeks ( meal uptake increases on work experience days ) <br /> PUPILS COMMIT TO <br /> 1 & ½ working hours 10.30-12 noon <br /> Tea break PHOTO OF TEA BREAK <br /> 1 voluntary hour ( lunch break ) 12-1 <br /> Catch up lessons missed in their own time <br />
  • EXPLAIN WHAT KIND OF TASKS THEY DO <br /> Weigh up <br /> Wash up <br /> Salad bar <br /> Menu preparation <br /> Set tables <br /> Serve <br /> HAVE FUN & LEARN <br /> This part of the project was so successful that the younger children asked if they could also work in kitchen so we included work experience at Breakfast club – lower risk <br />
  • We felt that pupils of all ages could be involved in this programme- fewer risks <br /> Cereal toast and cold drinks <br /> Servery counter and dish wash area <br /> 2 pupils at any one time <br />
  • Sharon <br /> Benefits to Catering team <br /> Grown in confidence <br /> Proud of achievements <br /> Job satisfaction / morale (ALL IN IT TOGETHER ) <br /> Partnership working / part of the whole school <br /> We learn about school topics <br /> Working alongside pupils as equals <br /> Make a difference <br /> Pupils a help not a hindrance <br /> Benefits to Education <br /> Level playing field - Allows all pupils to shine (even non academic pupils) – maths , reading , science etc <br /> Improved individual and team sense of responsibility <br /> Improved attendance / behaviour ( carrot & stick element for those pupils with behavioural difficulties ) <br /> CASE STUDY – pupil reading & behavioural difficulties <br /> Pictorial recipes ( <br /> Positive impact at home <br /> Health & nutrition awareness when preparing and eating food 3 RRRs <br /> PASS ON TO TWO OF OUR APPRENTICES WHO WILL SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH YOU <br />
  • Pupils discuss <br /> Contract <br /> Log Book <br /> Nutrition <br /> Cooking skills <br /> Home impact <br /> Personal feelings benefits <br /> Future employee <br />
  • Scottish Government & HMIE recognition for Innovation and Best practice <br /> Education Scotland – Sharon was invited along with Teachers & Chefs to attend residential 2 day workshop to contribute to the development of learning material for the ‘Chefs in School’ programme <br /> West Dunbartonshire Council ‘Amazing Things’ Sharon received a Special Recognition Award from Educational Services <br /> WDC employee recognition awards - Bonhill team won two of the 4 key awards <br /> Employee of the year – Sharon <br /> Service Excellence and Innovation Award – Bonhill Team <br />

West dunbartonshire primary school work experience presentation oct 2013 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. West Dunbartonshire Council Best Practice Example Primary School Work Experience Initiative Linda Shaw – Facilities Officer Sharon Lockhart – Cook, Bonhill PS Stephanie and Nicola – Bonhill PS pupils
  • 2. Work Experience Initiative • Background • Aims Deliver valued services & better outcomes together Promote Nutritional Standards / Health Improvement Raise the profile of School Meals Service / Increase uptake Link Health & Wellbeing into Curriculum for Excellence
  • 3. Work Experience Initiative cont .... • Challenges overcome  H& S issues  Alleviated Parental concerns  Funding • This project can be replicated within any local authority , for any service. • Minimal Cost – only time, commitment and enthusiasm from all partners required. •
  • 4. Primary 7 Work Experience • 5 week programme 1 day per week
  • 5. Primary 7 at work
  • 6. Work Experience Initiative Little Breakfast Club Helpers
  • 7. BENEFITS CATERING TEAM EDUCATION / PUPILS •Level playing field - Allows all pupils to shine (even non academic pupils) • Grown in confidence • Proud of achievements • Job satisfaction / morale •Improved individual and team sense of responsibility • Partnership working / part of the whole school •Improved attendance / behaviour • We learn about school topics • Working alongside pupils as equals • Making a difference • Pupils a help - NOT a hindrance •Improves pupil reading & behavioural difficulties •Pictorial recipes •Positive impact at home •Health & nutrition awareness
  • 8. Bonhill PS Pupil Experiences NICOLA STEPHANIE
  • 9. Recognition & Achievements  Scottish Government  HMIE  Education Scotland  West Dunbartonshire Council ‘Amazing Things’  Sharon WDC Employee of the Year  Bonhill Catering team – Excellence & Innovation Award “Pupils learning about and promoting school meals themselves - what better testimonial !”
  • 10. QUESTIONS?