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Employability Skills

At Murray Park we place a strong emphasis on ensuring our students are not only qualified but equipped for the world of work. The success of this strategy is evidenced in our year-onyear low NEET figures.

Curriculum strategy
  • Prioritisation of development of literacy and numeracy skills, in English and Maths lessons but also applied and re-enforced across all aspects of the taught and hidden curriculum
  • Maths and English Raising the Grade sessions at University of Derby
  • A broad and balanced curriculum with a good range of guided options at KS4 allowing students to pursue appropriate courses including full range of traditional academic (EBACC), vocational and skills based qualifications
  • PSHE programme of study for all year groups which incorporates employability skills, leadership skills and specific taught topics of employability and financial capability
Our employability programme includes:
  • A dedicated Aspirations, Careers and Employability (ACE) team with an ACE co-ordinator who ensures all students receive the support they need individually
  • We are a preferred partner school working with Toyota and this allows us to send 20 Y10 students each year to the Toyota Industrial Cadet Programme. Part of the support from Toyota has ensured that we are able to provide an enrichment programme that supports employability initiatives
  • A Post 16 Evening for all students in Y11 with an opportunity to meet local schools and colleges as well as the companies providing apprenticeships
  • College visits for targeted students
  • Mock interviews for all students in KS4 with local employers
  • One to One Careers Guidance interviews
  • A range of trips and events with local universities in order to raise awareness of these pathways
  • Enrichment and enterprise activities with local employers including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier, Toyota, Derby Royal Hospital
  • Developing STEM programme
  • Sports Leadership qualification
  • Students compete annually in Derby City Public Speaking competition

Life skills

Whilst preparation for work is important, much of our life is spent away from work and at Murray Park we believe it is important to prepare our young people to make good use of their leisure time and to be able to live healthy, safe, confident and independent adult lives. We prepare our young people for life beyond work through:

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education which educates all students about personal safety, health and hygiene, sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol, careers, politics, money management, equal opportunities, discrimination and the law
  • All students are taught about basic food preparation, hygiene, diet and nutrition and the skills to cook healthy meals
  • A rich cultural programme including music, drama, dance and art within the taught curriculum and extensive extra-curricular cultural activities including theatre and gallery visits, a number of bands and annual school production
  • All students have physical education every week and a full programme of extracurricular sports are offered with a number of teams and individual entered into local, regional and national competitions, plus an annual school sports day is held
  • Promotion of reading for pleasure through events in form time and English lessons and other some extracurricular session work (e.g. running and reading club, enrichment days)
  • Integration Induction programme for all new students
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • National Citizenship Service for Year 11 over the summer
  • Peer Mentoring – Peripatetic tuition offered across as range of instruments
  • Peripatetic tuition offered across as range of instruments
  • Healthy living – food and drink of different countries