Supported by an Industry Alignment Coordinator, Excelsior Academy has successfully developed a series of partnerships with employers, charities and individuals in their community who provide meaningful encounters for students.
These partnerships underpin innovative curriculum projects co-designed by teachers and these community partners. They help to broaden the opportunities available to students and deepen subject knowledge. They add context and relevancy to the curriculum through engagement with industry representatives and a focus on transferable skills development for each and every student.
At Excelsior, students engage in projects for two hours every week in mixed ability classes, allowing for peer support and better development of skills such as teamwork and communication.
Students at Excelsior have taken part in projects themed around sustainable housing, adaptation to climate change and vulnerable communities. They have worked with partners including New Tyne West Development Company, Newcastle University, Northern Gas Networks, Port of Blyth, Northern Powergrid, People’s Kitchen and Leonard Cheshire.
The support from partnership organisations such as the North East LEP, Ford NGL and the Edge Foundation, have been invaluable in ensuring the systems, structures and partnerships required to provide such opportunities for creative curriculum design are developed and then sustained at Excelsior Academy.
Currently, projects are delivered across approximately 500 students in Years 7 and 8 at Excelsior Academy. This film showcases some of their stories and how this new approach is bringing learning to life for them.
Hannah Cummins Industry Alignment Coordinator