Work Related Learning

Work related learning (WRL) is a key aspect of the curriculum as learner’s progress through Avalon. Work-related learning is defined as planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work, including learning through the experience of work, learning about work and working practices, and learning the skills for work.  This includes volunteering. 

A group of 9 students from Avalon Special School in Street have been pioneering a bespoke project as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) in partnership with Somerset Rural Youth Project (SRYP), Channel Adventure and The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury.

The National Citizen Service is a UK Government voluntary personal and social development programme for 15-17 year olds and Avalon are the first special school in Somerset to embark on a tailor-made version of this Nationally recognised course. This course is equipping young people with skills for life and experiences that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to access.

So far, the course has seen students embark on a camping trip where they took part in a range of adventurous activities and were able to develop independence and self-help skills, problem solving, teamwork and collaboration.  Following this, they went on to deliver a social action project with the fantastic team at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury to renovate a community garden. Here students worked collaboratively alongside students from Strode college on a variety of tasks  including digging up turf, clearing, weeding and painting as well as learning a variety of transferable skills for life.

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