Careers and Curriculum

This week I was invited to accompany representatives from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership as they bid to the Careers and Enterprise Company for Hertfordshire to become a Careers Hub and receive additional funding.  Thanks to the excellent work being led by a range of staff, Thomas Alleyne’s has been identified as the lead school for the hub that covers North Herts, Stevenage, Welwyn and Hatfield Districts. 

At the bid presentation I spoke about the range of different employer engagement activities we run as a school, including the trip to Morrison Utility that went out this week, work we are developing with Airbus as a result of our links with the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space, and the long-standing relationship we have developed with Adecco.  Research shows that meaningful encounters with employers can have a significant impact on the progress and attainment of young people.  For many of our students, the opportunity to see the range of potential future careers  they could access and the hard work needed to be successful, is vitally important.  Thank you to all staff making these links to enable our students to access these fantastic experiences.

 I was also delighted to represent our academy at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Conference last weekend.  One of the main themes of the conference was the importance of intellectual rigour when planning and delivering the curriculum.  The subject expertise of staff, the critical thinking that goes into the knowledge that is taught, and the continued connection of colleagues with their wider subject communities were all important themes that we will be revisiting as a school over the coming months.  I was particularly struck by examples shared by Mary Myatt on her talk about the curriculum.  Mary shared examples of where year 8 students of all abilities had been engaged with an extended undergraduate level article through the highly skilled and structured way this was delivered.  We should never seek to dumb-down the curriculum we deliver, but instead focus our energy on inspiring and enabling our students to engage with the best of each of our subject disciplines.