West dunbartonshire primary school work experience presentation oct 2013

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

    1. 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. 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. 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. 4. Primary 7 Work Experience • 5 week programme 1 day per week
    5. 5. Primary 7 at work
    6. 6. Work Experience Initiative Little Breakfast Club Helpers
    7. 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. 8. Bonhill PS Pupil Experiences NICOLA STEPHANIE
    9. 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. 10. QUESTIONS?

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