Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity North West Water - Virtual Reality Wetlands Site
Focus Science
Key Skill Communication
Length 1 Day
Description A school based activity. The pupils will use the NWW virtual reality package to explore the food chain found in a wetlands site. Pupils will be provided with a master worksheets to help them collect the information they require. Pupils will know that:
different habitats support different plants and animals.
In food webs there are several food chains with species in common.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Investigating Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
Focus Geography
Key Skill Communication
Length 4 Weeks
Description A display and support material that can be loaned by the school. The display covers a primary industry, the quarrying of stone, and includes work sheets for the pupils. An optional visit to a manufacturing company to allow students to see a secondary industry. This can be followed up by investigating the materials that local companies import and export. Students will write to companies asking for information.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Lego DACTA Control Intelligent House
Focus ICT and DT
Key Skill Application of Number
Length 1 day
Description This activity at the Partnership Centre has been designed to provide pupils with the challenge of producing a fully operational model of an automated house, to the required specification. Pupils will be able to:
plan, develop, test and modify sets of instructions and procedures to control events using feedback and measuring and recording physical variables, and will investigate various devices that control the functions of a house, for example security, heating.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Mentoring Pupil Development Programme
Focus Compact Goals
Key Skill Communication
Length 2 Days
Description This activity at the Partnership Centre aims to raise levels of aspiration and potential of selected pupils. Part 1 A small group 5/6 pupils meet for 1 half day with the COMPACT team to plan a programme for fellow pupils
Part 2 A group of 15-20 pupils will attend the centre to take part in the planned programme. Outside speakers are involved to discuss and debate issues around truancy behaviour, value of education, future aspirations etc.
The second day is spent in preparing ideas to take back into school At the end of the 2 days the students carry out a self assessment of their key skills development and identify their goals within the COMPACT goal framework The pupils may also become mentors for lower school pupils.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Reviewing Skills
Focus PHSE
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length 8 x 1 hour
Description A course of 7 lessons designed to develop the full range of skills that contribute to the overall skill of self review.
Pupils will have an awareness of; :what success means to you, your unlimited potential, what qualities and talents you have and how to make your goals become reality.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Curriculum Materials
Focus National Curriculum
Key Skill  
Length Various - delivered in
Description The following sets of materials have been designed to raise pupils motivation and contribute to raising achievement, by enhancing and showing the delivery of the National Curriculum, through collaborative activities with local businesses
Shopping, Coronation Street and the National Curriculum, Colour - Light - Sound and Electricity, Healthy Living, Water Plants and Animals, Investigating Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Industry
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Class Mentoring
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length  
Description Whole class work to targets for the COMPACT Goals, they are supported by weekly visits from a mentor from business/the community
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Face to Face
Focus PHSE
Key Skill Communication
Length  
Description Pupils take part in a half day workshop which begins with sketches focussing upon communication. The students then talk in an open forum about the sketches and are led to see reflections of their own experiences. The students are introduced to the Careers Adviser who reinforces the theme.
The students identify targets up to the end of year 9 and beyond within the COMPACT Goal framework.
The workshop can be accomodated within the New Start programme or for pupils who are disaffected
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Control Problems - OHSLA
Focus Technology
Key Skill Information Technology
Length  
Description An after school activity, pupils from Oldham Schools taking part in problem solving activities using computer controlled LEGO DACTA robotics.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3
Activity Year 9 Music Programme
Focus Music
Key Skill Working with Others
Length  
Description Under development with North Chadderton and Kaskenmoor Schools, in association with Roland Keyboards UK
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3/4
Activity Talking Science OHSLA
Focus Science
Key Skill  
Length  
Description Cross borough talks on scientific issues.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS3/4
Activity Intergenerational Mentoring
Focus Citizenship
Key Skill Communication
Length 10 weeks x 2 hours
Description Working with Age Concern to bring older people in touch with ICT. The work involves working with school pupils on reminiscence projects, some projects have also included cross phase working
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Lego DACTA Control Robot ARM
Focus ICT and DT
Key Skill Information Technology
Length 1 Day
Description This Partnership Centre Activity has been designed to provide pupils with the challenge of producing a fully operational robot arm that operates to a set specification.
Pupils will have to build a robot arm following set of instructions and write a series of instructions to make the robot arm carry out the specified manoeuvres, they will need to control systems that include sub-systems, incorporate feedback into their systems from a range of sensors and analyse the performance of systems.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Sign Writing
Focus Art/Design Subjects
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 2 days
Description This activity takes place at your school and the Partnership Centre. The activity provides pupils with the challenge of producing signs using vinyl lettering and symbols to a required specification after consultation with the customer.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Mentoring Gifted Children
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Information Technology
Length  
Description A small number of pupils from each school can be offered the opportunity to carry out a research project on the skills needed in industry. They link with an industrial mentor via the internet and present their findings to the year 10 pupils as they go on work experience.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Money Controls Production Line - 3 Day Work
Focus SEN
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 3 days
Description This Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre Activity provides students with Special Needs a work experience opportunity in a supportive environment.
Students will attend the Partnership Centre for 3 days from 10.00am - 2.00pm. There will be 3 production lines. The students will have opportunities to try different parts of the assembly process.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Business Documentation
Focus Business/Office
Key Skill Application of Number
Length 1 - 2 hours
Description To develop pupils awareness of how business documentation, invoices, receipts etc are use in a genuine business environment. This is a school based activity involving a presentation by a local business person, and use of genuine example materials by class
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Money Controls Production Line Activity
Focus GCSE Business
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 1 days
Description An Oldham COMPACT / EBP Centre Activity that allows students to work as members of a team, planning their time to meet set production targets. It provides students with an insight to the management of production in a manufacturing company.
Each team will be shown the assembly process, and given time to practice. The teams will then be set a production target they need to achieve by 2.00pm. The teams have to organise themselves to meet this target. Review sessions are built into the day, with a final review session to assess the key skills developed during the day. Students will have access to digital cameras, video camera and tape recorders to provide evidence of their work.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Lego Challenge OHSLA
Focus Technology
Key Skill Information Technology
Length  
Description 10 week problem solving activity using computer controlled LEGO Dacta Robotics
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Prefect Training
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Communication
Length Half day
Description Pupils can be trained to be Prefects either in school or at the Partnership Centre
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Young Enterprise Key Skills Diary
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill  
Length  
Description A Key Skills Diary linked to the roles and responsibilities within Young Enterprise, which provides an opportunity for Young Enterprise teams to record their experiences in accordance with Key Skill Criteria
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Modern Languages - OHSLA
Focus Modern Languages
Key Skill Communication
Length 10 x 1.5 hr sessions
Description After School Club
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Mock Interviews
Focus PHSE
Key Skill Communication
Length According to needs
Description This activity has been designed to improve pupils application and interviewing skills. Pupils are invited to attend an interview, for which they must complete an application form. They are interviewed by a local employer or employee. The interviews may be on COMPACT/EBP premises, on company premises or school premises. Interviews last up to 30 minutes. The activity is open to all pupils.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Business Communications Project
Focus Business/Office
Key Skill Communication
Length 1 Day
Description This activity enables pupils to use a range of communication methods; meetings, memos, telephone, fax, E mail, Video conferencing in a simulated business environmentTeams of pupils are allocated a department within a simulated company. Each department is issued with objectives as part of the overall company strategy. Teams use available resources to achieve their objective, communicating internally and externally.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Self Presentation - Learn from the advertisers
Focus Business Studies
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 1 Day
Description For students to have developed an understanding of the principles of how to sell themselves when applying for opportunities Small groups of pupils brainstrom on what makes a good TV advert, then examine a series of TV adverts critically assessing them against agreed criteria for a good advert. Groups will then plan for an advert for a new mobile phone/network, followed by suitable time for rehearsal. Groups will then present their 1 minute advert which will be video recorded, and edited, complete with soundtrack Whole group will view completed ads and assess them against the criteria. Whole group will then go through an exercise regarding their own selling points and techniques
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity GCSE/GNVQ Music and Performing Arts
Focus Music
Key Skill Communication
Length 1 half day session
Description To raise pupils motivation and achievement in both GCSE and GNVQ through collaborative activities with business.
Students to attend a half day session presented by staff from Roland keyboards, looking at how technology can enhance musical performance. Students will learn about music technology, and will examine the impact of technology on their performances
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Mentoring through Applications
Focus PSE
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length 3 x half days
Description The activity takes place in the Spring and Summer terms in year 11 at the Oldham COMPACT / EBP Centre.
Day One will focus on building confidence and motivating the pupils to think more positively about their futures with the help of a panel of past pupils who stress the fact that there is a great deal that can be done over the next few weeks to strengthen applications. The other two half days are practical preparation of application forms and interviews involving representatives from industry. The pupils are mentored throughout the process by the Careers Adviser who sees each pupil on an individual basis back in school.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Science Across the World - Drinking Water
Focus Science
Key Skill Communication
Length Half a term max.
Description To allow students to understand how science is applied in an industrial context to provide water to the local community, how the local community views this provision.
The pupils will be investigating drinking water and obtaining views of the local community regarding their drinking water. A NWW representative will visit the school to introduce NWW and how it treats water. The pupils will undertake the investigation. The pupils will visit the NWW site at Waterhead. The students will present their findings to NWW, use the internet to share their findings with other students around the world.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Taste of Training
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 10 weeks
Description To give year 10 pupils a structured programme of vocational courses, provided by Training Providers. The pupils will increase their knowledge and awareness of Training, whilst developing their key skills, their motivation for learning and their acheivement. Pupils select 2 vocational areas, then spend 2 day sessions in each of the vocational areas allocated. Each block has a programme written to ensure coherence with the project aims.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity GCSE/GNVQ Music and Performing Arts
Focus Music
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length Half day
Description To raise pupils motivation and achievement in both GCSE and GNVQ through collaborative activities with business.
Use of video of performance both by pupils and students from M.M.U.. Pupils to analyse and criticise performances. Pupils will; understand the discilines of performance; understand interpretations of notation and dynamics; be able to give constructive feedback; know what makes a good musical performance.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Training Pupils as Peer Mentors
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Communication
Length 2 days with follow up
Description KS4 pupils can be trained to be mentors for year 7 pupils at transition, and can be given evidence to support the Communication key skill.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Reviewing Skills @ KS4
Focus PHSE
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length Up to 12 x 1hr
Description A pack of lesson plans designed by local teachers is available for each of the 12 skill areas. They can be used as stand alone units or linked together into a programme of activity. Pupils will develop the following skills:
1. Monitoring Progress/working to Set plan
2. Listening
3. Action Planning - Goals and Targets
4. Identifying and Using Support
5. Selecting an Appropriate Focus for a Review
6. Non Verbal
7. Questioning
8. Reflecting and Thinking
9. Verbal Communication
10. Gather, Select and Collate Appropriate Evidence
11. Assertiveness
12. Time Management
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity Mentoring for employability Key Stage 4
Focus PHSE
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length  
Description A programme in which mentors from business or the community are trained to support pupils in their last years of compulsary education.
Pupils are identified in Yr. 10 who may benefit from the experience of a Mentor. (This could include a variety of pupils including the most gifted)
They are allocated an individual mentor from the COMPACT EBP Database of mentors. They establish targets with the Mentor that will be within the COMPACT Goal framework. This target setting can take place at the Partnership Centre as a group activity, as part of the 'Value for Education' programme with the employer or in the school
The mentor will then monitor the goals on a monthly basis either in school or off site The mentoring can complement any tutor mentoring systems that the school has in place and pupils can be brought into the mentoring system at any stage in year 10 if they are falling behind with COMPACT goals. The mentor will work closely with the Careers Adviser and the guidance community within the school.
Secondary
 
KeyStage KS4
Activity The COMPACT Goals KS
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length Whole KS
Description APupils are issued with a high quality action COMPACT Goals folder, which maps out the skills and qualities that are essential for employability. The folder uses graphic images to highlight the path to improving employability skills, and then provides planning and evidence sheets to promote and record achievements and improvements in skills ans qualities. The programme is designed to work as in conjunction with The Progress File, or RoA processes, and can be supported by COMPACT/EBP Mentors.


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