The intent of the supported internship curriculum is to support our students to achieve the following destinations:
- Being Independent
- Working with support in my Community
- Volunteering in my Community
We aim to develop students who are highly employable, prepared for rapidly changing workplaces and are equipped for the next step towards their educational-based goal (Apprenticeship, Traineeship or Further Education/Training). We want to empower students to succeed and make outstanding progress in their learning, achieve positive destinations, become equipped for future life and are ambitious to be the best they can be. We aim to stimulate students so that they can exceed their expectations and become well-rounded citizens of local, national and global communities growing in self-confidence.
We believe that all our students need a set of skills and attributes that will prepare them for adult life, further learning and employment. With this in mind, both the ‘Skills Builder Universal Framework’ (listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork) and seven core curriculum ‘Building Blocks’ (functional and communication skills, my personal living skills, helping me to work, staying well and healthy, being in my community, planning for my future and developing my interests) are mapped and threaded throughout all of our pathways to enable each one of our students to experience outstanding opportunities for future planning, progress, transition and progression.
By the end of the programme, we aim for our students to have a good and strong portfolio of evidenced progress and accreditation, the tools they need to be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and they are able to manage the challenges of daily life. In-line with New Bridge MAT’s destination matrix, the focus is on progress towards the most appropriate future. At the College, there is a significant emphasis on increasing individual independence in preparation for adulthood by building on each student’s strengths secured during year 14, whilst also targeting areas that require further development in line with the aspirational destination of the particular student.
Organisation and Planning
Our curriculum is designed to give students access to work placement that they find interesting, thereby opening routes to as wide a variety of careers as possible and providing a firm foundation for their future.
Over a five day per week offer (30 blocks), the supported internship programme includes the following core components:
- Employability (accredited learning and work placement) – 18 blocks
- English – 4 blocks
- Mathematics – 4 blocks
- PSHE/Living Skills/Tutorial – 2 blocks
- Enrichment – 2 blocks