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Learning Words for Work 

Following two very successful projects, this year we have continued our involvement in facilitating a 6-week project with the National Literacy Trust called ‘Words for Work’.

It was an incredibly valuable project that involved fifteen Year 9 students and focussed on developing their confidence in communication and oracy skills. We were incredibly privileged to be allocated four high quality professionals from industry to volunteer with our students throughout the project to offer them guidance and support.  

The students focussed on understanding the importance of communication within the professional workplace, and were supported with how this could be transferred into their school lives. The activities included: writing professional emails, speed interviews, team work, role plays and a final presentation of what they had achieved through the project.

It was highly inspirational to see the wonderful progress that the students involved made over the 6 weeks. They were engaged, motivated and driven throughout the project and they produced some fantastic final presentations that exceeded all expectations. Their hard work, professional manner and perfect behaviour was commended by all the volunteers and they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with our students.

Alice Penfold, co-ordinator of the project in secondary schools all over the country, commented on their outstanding professionalism and drive and one of the other volunteers commented on the sheer amount of initiative they used throughout the whole process.

‘Words for Work’ gave the students involved an invaluable opportunity to work on key skills that they need for life outside of school and it could not have been more successful. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, making new friends and gaining confidence in their own communication skills. They were a real credit to our school and made us all very proud to be teachers at GTC.

Laura Zafar and Claire Heywood, Grange English Department