Main School Body
Years 12 -14

Below are the different routes you can take in Years 12- 14 Main School Body

Route One - Employability & Independence Years 12-14

Through the skills for Employability and Independence course, we aim to support the aspirations of all our young people to ensure that they gain the understanding, skills, and experience they need to make progress and succeed in learning, life and work. We believe that this effective program not only contributes to their well-being but also to the wellbeing of their families, the communities to which they belong, wider society, businesses and the economy.

The main aim of the skills for Employability and Independence course is for students to develop a positive attitude to employment, Independence, transition and their future. By promoting self-awareness and enabling students to make well informed educational, vocational and training choices; they will have the skills to manage the transition from education to new roles including employment.  Students will develop practical skills that may be used in the workplace and adult life in conjunction with functional and independent living skills.

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English

Redwood's English curriculum has been designed to excite and engage our students as well as foster a life-long love for reading. Throughout their time at Redwood, students are given opportunities to progress and achieve in English at a level which is appropriate for their needs.

During KS3, a wide range of literature is used as a stimulus to develop reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. These range from popular multi-sensory stories to thought-provoking novels such as 'Wonder'. In addition, students will experience live performances of plays as well as have the opportunity to take part in workshops delivered by authors.

During KS4, the skills they have gained so far are developed further and most students are working towards achieving either an English Entry Level Certificate (ELC) or an English GCSE accreditation. students are taught to read using the Bug Club Independent Reading scheme. This is a combines over 400 beautiful eBooks and print books

Office

The aim of the vocational training in Office is to give students an experience of completing real work tasks and teach the expectations an employer would have of them.

Students will develop skills and knowledge of the tasks they would be expected to do in an administration role. They work on reception, answering and transferring phone calls, as well as greeting visitors and ensuring the sign in correctly according to our procedures. Students develop skills in shredding confidential document, filing systems, word processing, scanning and photocopying.

Gardening

As part of the student’s vocational education, students will partake in a gardening project. This project is aimed at student’s preparation for work whilst helping some of Rochdale Borough-wide Housings most disadvantaged tenants. Students will learn how to use a range of both manual and power-driven gardening tools, whilst working in the local community on the tenant’s gardens. Additional learning outcomes include; students preparing themselves for the tasks ahead, learning how to maintain the various tools and risk assessing working environments, in order to manage their welfare and safety.

Students will undertake more detailed health and safety work and complete the British Safety Councils, Hazard Awareness Course. This program allows students the opportunity to learn about risk assessments, employer/ employee responsibilities, safety signs and personal protective equipment.

Drama & The arts

 Students take part in sessions cantered around ‘The Arts’. They have the opportunity to develop skills in acting and film making, music and dance, as well as a variety of art projects. Sessions are led by the interests of the students.

Maths

During the two year course students will undertake both academic and functional skills Maths lessons. The academic program consists of 1 x 50 min lesson, per week, and students work towards obtaining the National Organisation College Network (NOCN) award. Students will complete the award according to their ability levels. Topics within the award include; understanding length, weight & capacity, understanding perimeter & area, measuring time and temperature and personal money management.

The functional skills Maths incorporates all of the aforementioned topics but are taught in a practical manner. These functional skills are taught via vocational themes allowing students to further develop the skills required in a number of workplace areas. Additionally, outdoor activities into the local and wider community allow students to learn the valuable budgeting skills required for real life situations.

Leisure

Leisure is an important part of life at REEC, all students are encouraged to take part in weekly Leisure sessions. Students select from one of the following options each term to develop their skills and wellbeing.

 

Sports

Healthy living is an important part of life at REEC, all students are encouraged to take part in weekly sports sessions. Students select from one of the following options each term to develop their skills and wellbeing.

Walking – students take part in walks around the local and wider community depending on the weather. They have a circuit around REEC using the local pathways for during bad weather and go further afield to locations such as Heaton Park, Tandle Hill and Hollingworth Lake.

Sports and Gym - Students attend Middleton Arena to take part in either team games, such as Football, Volleyball and Badminton. Others work in the small gym with a qualified instruction using the equipment to develop strength and stamina.

Swimming – Students developing swimming skills and water safety knowledge during sessions at Oulder Hill pool.

Fun with ICT

Students are encouraged to make choices about activities they enjoy and identify skills that they would like to develop. They have the opportunity to develop skills in Animation and green screen, music creation and editing, videoing and creating podcasts.

 LifeSkills
(PSHE)

Life skills are taught across all aspects of the curriculum in addition to weekly sessions to develop independence skills for adult life. Students take part in visits within the local community to complete activities such as banking, personal shopping, visits to the library. They learn to travel independently on the bus, train and tram. In sessions at REEC students learn to make beds, sweep and mop floors, clean tables, wash and dry dishes.

In addition to life skills students take part in accredited PSHE sessions to develop their knowledge and skills of Personal Hygiene, emotional wellbeing, good citizenship, sex and relationships and general healthy lifestyles.

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Warehouse

The aim of the vocational training in warehouse is to give students an experience of completing real work tasks and teach the expectations an employer would have of them.

Students will develop skills and knowledge in Manufacturing and Packing Products, conducting stock checks and purchasing, safe working practice – including learning about safety signs, protective clothing and COSH regulations. The student will take part in visits to warehouses within the local community and safe use of storage equipment e.g. cage, cupboards, ‘dolly’

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Personalised
Provision

In addition to the core and vocational subjects, students working within the personalised provision develop skills to enable them to work towards completing the Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme. Students are encouraged to develop the skills and confidence they need for adult life, through relevant, engaging and informal learning.

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Catering

During the catering rotation students will complete real work tasks that they would be expected to perform when in a work setting, as well as basic health and safety and first aid.

Students will develop skills and knowledge in cleaning and domestic work, which products or equipment to use and how to use them safely. They will learn how to prepare food, cook basic meals, as well as how to serve and present food.

Students will gain experience in planning menus and shopping, both online and in the community, looking at the best quality for the cheapest price. They will also learn how to use a till, cash up and serve customers in our “tuck shop” and “café”.

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Work Exp.

Year 12 students complete a term of work preparation, where they develop an understanding of their interests, strengths and weaknesses to determine what jobs may be suitable for them. They take part in mock interviews, fill in application forms and learn about their rights and responsibilities in the work place.

Students secure places with local business, such as BHF stores, Spring Court Garage, Precious Paws Doggie Day Care, Russell’s Café and Nafees Bakery. Students attend their chosen placement one day each week for two terms.

The students receive support from REEC staff to begin with and once settled into their role will be visited on a regular basis.

Enterprise

Students work on making a variety of products that can be sold throughout the year and at the Redwood Christmas Fayre. These items include, Keyrings, Fridge Magnets, Jewellery, Dolls Clothing and Dolls Furniture. The students make cards for all occasions and personalised printed items.

Pre-Internship
(Year 13)

Redwood Supported pre-Internship is designed to enable young people to develop the skIlls they will need to secure a place on the full supported internship where the will achieve sustainable paid or voluntary employment. The Supported pre-Internship is a programme of study based primarily at an employer’s workplace. The structured study programme includes on the job training supported by professional job coaches. Students engage in a day of work, within the local authority and  local business across the borough of Rochdale.  Students are assessed throughout their placements to help secure them a place on the full supported internship during year 14.

 

Route Two - (SFI) Skills for Independence - Years 12-14

 

(Currently being updated)- For more information about SFI please contact the school). 

English

Voc Ed.

Maths

Creative Carousel

LifeSkills (PSHE)

Leisure/PE

ICT

Route Three - Supported Internship - Year 14

Internship
(Year 14)

Redwood Supported Internship is designed to enable young people to achieve sustainable paid or voluntary employment by equipping them with the skills they need for the workplace. The Supported Internship is a programme of study based primarily at an employer’s workplace. The structured study programme includes on the job training supported by professional job coaches. Students engage in 4 days of work and one day planning social activities.

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