Employability Skills Development

Applied Transdisciplinary Learning in Year 12

Aspirations Academy schools are all providing innovative and inspirational lessons designed to engage pupils and develop all students’ employability skills. All Year 12 students, across the campus, are very fortunate to have an exciting opportunity to work in their ATL sessions on projects with real world focus and links to local businesses. The aim is to develop skills required for success in today’s global world such as time management, project management, teamwork, leadership, communications, critical thinking and presentations skills. We hope to provide students with a broad experience of the changing world of work and allow them to develop innovation and entrepreneurship.

Local businesses and industry will be invited in to give master classes on topics such as project management, teamwork and ideation. The first assignment will run from September to December and will have involvement from amongst others Aston Martin, UTC aerospace and The Service Design Company.

By the end of the year each student will have compiled an individual employability portfolio charting their development in 21st-century skills and their links to business and industry.

Visits
RAL
Bodleian Library Oxford
Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford
BAD Kineton armament store
Cadbury World
Ardley waste Processing plant
Grundon waste sorting site
Glass factory Prague
Skoda factory Prague

Competitions
Tomorrow Engineers Lego competition
IET Faraday challenge
Shell Energy Quest
BIE Drone competition – designing a drone to help endangered species
Oxford University Beyond boundaries competition – researching Diverse Scientists
Ada Lovelace computing challenge

The ATL involves:

  • Termly projects
  • Working in teams with input from skilled professionals
  • Research and fieldwork
  • Final presentation/exhibition

Some of the achievements of 2018/19

PROJECT

To design an electric car.

PROJECT

To design a test rig loading device. To work on design and costing software to produce a presentation to senior staff.

PROJECT

To set up a regular opportunity for several generations to get together and socialise.

PROJECT

To produce a video of the brewing process.

PROJECT

To develop an augmented reality (AR) game.

PROJECT

Year 9s have hosted and run science workshops.

Who we have worked with so far? 2019-2020 projects

  • Eco Schools
  • Keep Britain Tidy
  • Woodland Trust
  • Oxfordshire Community Foundation
  • Age UK
  • PlayKo
  • UTC Aerospace
  • RAF Stem Ambassadors
  • Compton Verney Art Gallery
  • James Ketchell
  • Metaverse
  • Hook Norton Brewery
  • Air Ambulance
  • Combrook Honey
  • Aston Martin
  • Canal and River Trust
  • Collins Aerospace

Employer Testimonials

Opportunities

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OPPORTUNITY

At the regional AEP final in June 2019, Year 12 pupils presented to Head of Sixth form and several employer clients their six-week project. Their work included designs for the future for Aston Martin, a VR game developed for Playko, plans for the teaching space outside Space Studio, a cost analysis of a process for Collins Aerospace, establishing a sustainable charitable organisation for Uniting Generations and developing awareness of the impact of litter on the planet.
The employers and staff were all impressed by the students' presentations and their innovation and application. We hope that the winning team will do well in the National Final.

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OPPORTUNITY

The ecology focussed team completed three projects in the year. The first involved planning hundreds of trees on the school site. In the second they really appreciated time in William Morris Primary School, teaching the year 4/5 class how to be more eco-friendly in an effort to save the bees. As their leader, Kelly said "We were so happy that the children were engaged and enjoyed planting the oregano, while some also made puns on how the project will "bee awesome". The children were active and we hope that our project will influence them to be more eco-friendly in the future. Kelly and her team have been asked to keep coming back to William Morris School. Their final project started with The Canal Trust as their employer contact but finished with the Earth as their client. They started saving our waterways from plastic and ended up with a call to save the oceans.

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OPPORTUNITY

A group of students competed in the Aspirations AEP final in London against 5 other Aspirations academies in December 2018. As regional winners, Will was also invited to write an article for the Banbury Guardian about their innovative event that aims to break down generational barriers. Dannie acted as employer and project commissioner in the summer term 2019 and her students put on a third event for the older and younger generations to meet. They have ensured that the initiative is sustainable. “very impressed with my group's effort and organisation of a summer event with the elderly and nursery in July and a visit to the old people’s home in their aspirations week for activities as well as visiting primary schools to spread uniting generations name around the town. They have also implemented their own ideas and used their initiative to create a Gofundme page and are in the process of registering Uniting Generations as a community interest project.”

Student Testimonials