City and Guilds is an awarding body that we have used at Pinewood for the last 6 years and is a qualification that is delivered through the PSHCE curriculum. Pupils’ work towards an Award or Certificate in Employability & Personal Development.
This year, we have had great success with 64 pupils in year 10 and 11 achieving a qualification in Employability, ranging from an Entry 2 Unit Award to a Level 1 Extended Award. Each pupil works towards the size and level of qualification that best suits their needs and capabilities.
Pupils’ have worked extremely hard this year and focused on units covering communication skills, awareness of strengths and weaknesses, areas to develop and understanding goal setting. Alongside this, pupils have developed skills in how to seek out support, how to present themselves in an interview, understanding responsibility and the skills employers’ value, such as, honesty and integrity.
On Wednesday, 19th July we held an information and celebration evening, which was very well attended by pupils and parents. Parents had the opportunity to look at pupil coursework portfolios and learn more about the qualification and suggest ways they can be more involved.
Assessment is an ongoing
process throughout the two-year C&G course, employing specific learning outcome criteria. Students receive verbal feedback and guidance during each lesson, enabling them to produce the level of work necessary to pass the course, ensuring access to learning and developing independent learner skills. Assessment criteria is collected in a range of ways allowing pupils to demonstrate learning outcomes verbally, through their written work, their actions, and answers to questioning or participation. For pupils who require more support, witness statements and photographic examples provide evidence allowing all pupils to achieve learning outcomes. Summative assessments are carried out at the end of each unit making clear which evidence meets which learning outcome and demonstrate how pupils have progressed.
Well-done years 10 & 11!
(Year 11 can now collect their portfolios!)