Stewards Academy holds the Stewards Enrichment Programme workshops throughout the year. The programme aims to ensure effective links to the real world and raising awareness of broad educational issues to develop the whole person. Each year group completes a set of tasks, activities, presentations which enables them to understand the topic in more detail.
Some of the topics covered during the SEP workshop days include:
Each tutor group are allocated a part of the world which included South Asia, Far East Asia, Middle East and Africa. Fact booklets are produced along with a working booklet which pupils completed during the workshop.
The Cultural Diversity workshops help give pupils a more informed view of different parts of the World; they are given the chance to explore the culture, food, language, religion, music, art, history and traditional dance.
Pupils tackled myths and facts surrounding Mental Health and answer questions to help giving them have a clear insight into the world of mental health. Scenarios, conversation starters and role plays are all tasks completed with a focus to clear the stigma around Mental Health. Anxiety and depression are also topics discussed in detail and information on charities that are available are covered; ChildLine, Samaritans and Place2Be. Pupils have a session in the hall by Place2Be and Place2Talk who discuss issues and answer questions written by pupils.
Place2Be is a school based counselling and well-being service. Place2Be’s work in secondary schools helps young people to achieve their full potential and deal positively with the difficulties they face. It provides both universal and targeted services for young people in school, alongside support for parents and consultation and advice for school staff.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia are also illnesses that are covered to help pupils understand how they can contribute to being a Alzheimer’s and Dementia friendly community and assist the elderly.
Pupils then work in a team to complete a selection of tasks and watched a variety of videos to help them understand the struggles faced by people who suffer from mental health conditions. They work together in groups to create their own charity, complete with a name, slogan, radio advert, leaflets and posters.
Work Related Learning
In order to prepare our students for the real world and the world of ‘Work’ students pupils their personal statements and mock interview techniques during SEP workshop sessions. They watch a range of videos to help prepare them for the real world and job interviews. CV’s and Personal statements are completed by pupils. They are made aware of the importance of both in the real world especially what to include e.g. their school subjects, their position of responsibility, extra-curricular/non-GCSE activities in school and extra-curricular activities outside of school and their plans for the future. They then work on form filling and information that they would need to know for the future.
Each tutor group completes a selection of tasks and watch a variety of videos to help understand the struggles people face in the World, the UK and Harlow. They work in teams to create their own charity complete with a name, slogan, radio advert, leaflets and posters.
Team leaders gain confidence and team work skills which are established by pupils throughout the day. A great chance to adapt the 5Rs embedded by Stewards Academy.
This part of the programme involves various topics related to survival which included a Fire Safety talk from the local station, CPR demonstrations, first aid activities and how to help during different situations such as burns, choking, asthma attacks, bleeding heavily, head injuries, seizures, strokes and heart attacks. The pupils also watch a demonstration in the pool by life guards so they were well informed about pool safety as well.
Tutor groups tackle E-Safety by looking at the importance of being safe online. Following a session with the E-Safety officer they work in tutor groups and work through booklets covering a range of topics including:
- Privacy Online
- Dangers of the Internet
- The Law: Possessing Images
- The Law: Sending Images
- The Law: Receiving Images
- Your Digital Footprint
They reflected on their own actions and complete activities to help their understanding in this topic.
Pupils work on different forms of communication. Discussing the following questions: How can we communicate with other people? And How many types of communication methods can you think of? They brainstorm their ideas and carry out a variety of tasks that help them in the real world e.g. ‘communication and work experience’ by watching and discussing the six videos regarding appropriate language, body language, clear communication, dressing appropriately, speaking slowly and speaking with clarity and ‘communication and writing’ where they get the opportunity to learn the features of a letter and write out a formal letter.
They also covered other forms of communicating:
- The Mobile Code
- Morse code
- Number replacement
- Non-verbal - discuss ‘non-verbal communication’
- Body Language – pupils complete a role play
- Sign language – where students can practice common words as a class and then manage to sign their own words or name
- Braille – pupils hear about the history of braille