Internal Placements

Many of our pupils start their Work Experience journey by completing placements within the school building. This really helps to build their confidence before they move onto an external placement.

We provide internal placements within the School Kitchen, working alongside the Site Manager undertaking maintenance around the building, in the School Office and placements in the Primary Department Classes.

The pupils are asked to behave like a member of staff at all times during these placements and the expectation is always high. This learning journey is important for some of our pupils as they gain in confidence and head towards a successful External Placement.

Kitchen manager: “We love having the pupils for Work Experience.  They work hard and it is really nice to see how they grow and mature over the time”

Pupil: “I really liked it in Primary Class and I think I am ready to go outside school for my next placement”

These internal placements have been incredibly helpful for our pupils as they move at their own pace gaining in skills and confidence in order to complete their work experience journey.

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External Placements

Work Experience at Three Ways has been ongoing for many years and we have completed many incredibly successful placements.

Some of the pupils find their own placements and the Work Experience Co-ordinator supports the placements of others. 

We have ongoing connections with employers in and around Bath.

External placements increase pupil’s confidence, self-esteem and improve their communication skills. School can be a comfortable environment where all staff know the pupils well, however, out in the workplace they have to learn how to build those relationships from scratch and also how to maintain those relationships. 

Independent travel can also be a learning objective for some of our pupils. Pupils begin to develop this in school during Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.  We are committed to the pupils progress in all areas of development and are very proud of how much success they have had in this area. 

Site Manager at St Martins Garden Primary School:
“We have had pupils from Three Ways on Work Experience placements for a few years now and all of them have worked out very well. It has been a pleasure having them here.”

Parent: “My son really matured when he did his Work Experience, he had to get himself there and back home by bike.”

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Case Study - The Benefit of Work Experience for Pupils with Learning Difficulties

Case Study 

We have been looking at a student with learning difficulties.
This student has mild mobility issues stemming from dyspraxia, he also has hypotonia (low muscle tone) and balance problems.

There are times when the student may have difficulty with attitude towards peers and the familiar adults he is in contact with.
His mobility issue can be the cause of him to lose confidence and opt out of some situations that require him to push himself physically.
He has very good social and communication skills, and has the ability to communicate in a mature manner.
Support has been provided by an Occupational therapist and a teaching assistant for his mobility issues and his confidence in his physical abilities.
The student has always helped out at home with gardening; it was something he enjoyed and was good at, this is where we focussed our search for a work experience placement in year 10.
A placement was found in a local parks department working for the local council.
He was interviewed and as a direct result of this was offered two weeks work experience instead of the usual one.
He had to push himself physically and mentally to be successful in the placement.
He needed to keep up with his colleagues and carry out the tasks required.
It involved a lot of physical strength digging etc and really challenged him physically.

As a result the student has improved in all areas of their development.
Increased confidence has helped him develop physically and mentally.
He is more able to access P.E and keep up with his peers during life skills trips that involve walking.
He is much more willing to get involved with things inside school and opting out has stopped.
He has improved his relationships with his peers displaying a much more mature attitude and more tolerance with others behaviour. This has enabled him to establish relationships outside school with his classmates. 
He has since started a horticulture course at a local college.
Overall it has been an extremely positive and worthwhile endeavour. 
It has enabled the student to grow into a well rounded and employable young man.

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