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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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
   
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.
   
Activity Study Support - Lego Challenge
Focus Technology
Key Skill Information Technology
Length  
Description 10 week problem solving activity using computer controlled LEGO Dacta Robotics
   
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
   
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
   
Activity Study Support - Modern Languages
Focus Modern Languages
Key Skill Communication
Length 10 x 1.5 hr sessions
Description After School Club
   
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 20 minutes. The activity is open to all pupils.
   
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 environment. Teams 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.
   
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 brainstorm 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
   
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
   
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.
   
Activity Science Across the World - Drinking Water
Focus Science
Key Skill Communication
Length Half a term max - school based
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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
   
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.
   
Activity The COMPACT Goals KS 4
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length Whole KS
Description A Pupils are issued with a high quality 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.
   
Activity GCSE / GNVQ Leisure and Tourism
Focus Leisure and Tourism students
Key Skill Working with others
Length One term
Description To raise motivation and achievement in both GCSE and GNVQ through collaborative acts with business. The unit has been designed to deliver aspects of the GNVQ Leisure and Tourism Course, whilst contributing to a GCSE assignment input from Springboard UK (Hospitality and Leisure) in the form of a trail plus anecdotal information from staff. Interview techniques will be developed working with senior citizens.

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