Real World Learning (RWL) involves intentionally designing the curriculum so it is relevant and contextualised, making learning meaningful and inspiring. Although this can come in many forms this session highlights Teacher Externships which are one of our key programmes within Real World Learning.
A teacher externship involves teachers visiting a local employer, observing how their subject is used in business and discussing different career pathways relevant to their subject.
Teachers then return to school and plan a project linked to the curriculum, or develop curriculum-based resources, using the business they have visited as the context and setting. Their students complete the work or project within school, to enhance their understanding of the relevance of the curriculum, develop their employability skills, prepare them for the workplace and make informed career choices.
A Teacher Externship provides an opportunity to:
- Build deep and sustained relationships with employers
- Develop teachers’ knowledge and confidence to link their subject to careers
- Achieve Gatsby Benchmark 4, which states: “All teachers should link curriculum learning to careers.”