Edge are currently working with secondary schools in the North East to give teachers the opportunity to link with local employers to develop curriculum projects inspired by an externship.
A teacher externship provides an opportunity to build deep and sustained relationships with employers, to develop careers guidance within schools and help achieve Gatsby benchmark 4, which states: “All teachers should link curriculum learning to careers.”
The externship involves teachers visiting a local employer, observing how their subject is used in business and discussing different career pathways relevant to their subject. The teachers then plan a project for their students based on their employer experience. The aim is to enhance student understanding of the relevance of the curriculum, develop their employability skills, prepare them for the workplace and make informed career choices.
The teacher externship programme has been expanded using funding from the EU European social fund following a successful pilot, some of the benefits observed during an independent evaluation of the pilot were:
- 80% of teachers surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that participating in teacher externships gave them an insight into the world of work.
- Schools were able to develop or strengthen employer links.
- Students had raised aspirations; 67% of students agreed that teacher externships helped them think about what they wanted to do for further learning and work.
- Students were more aware of the types of jobs and career paths available through local employers; 84% of students reported they had learned a lot about local jobs and employers through teacher externships.
- 75% of teachers surveyed were more confident about offering career advice after participating in teacher externships..
- Teacher externships helped foster employer engagement; all employers were interested in continuing their support to both the schools and the programme.
- Stakeholders believed that teacher externships could improve by 1) increasing the amount of employer engagement between pupils and employers and 2) enabling the type of placements that can help develop curriculum teaching.
You can read the full report here.
Our teacher externships can benefit businesses by helping to:
- Raise brand awareness within local schools and the wider community.
- Develop a better understanding of your customer base, access a fresh perspective to problem solving and foster innovation.
- Support personal development of staff.
- Engage with talented young people and have fun.
- Build long term partnerships with schools to support future recruitment of young talent.
Our teacher externships give teachers and their pupils better insight into the world of work beyond school life, the career opportunities available in local businesses and help build partnerships between schools, employers and communities.
If you would like to find out more about our teacher externships please contact Karen Burgess email firstname.lastname@example.org