Ca­reers into the class­room

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LIBBY WILSON

Bar­ri­ers be­tween sub­jects could come down as For­est View High School brings ca­reers into the class­room.

Even the school pro­duc­tion is be­ing eyed as an op­por­tu­nity, es­pe­cially for cre­ative in­dus­tries path­way stu­dents.

For­est View is one of three schools held up as an ex­am­ple of how to use the Vo­ca­tional Path­ways ca­reer frame­work.

There are six cat­e­gories – from man­u­fac­tur­ing and tech­nol­ogy to so­cial and com­mu­nity ser­vices – and they help NCEA stu­dents study what will best pre­pare them for work in their cho­sen field.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice (ERO) looked at 35 se­condary schools us­ing the frame­work and said For­est View was one of three top ex­am­ples.

The school was at a tip­ping point and look­ing at how make class­room ac­tiv­ity match the path­ways its stu­dents were on.

‘‘It is still early in the process but lead­ers are con­sid­er­ing how to break down bar­ri­ers be­tween cour­ses, and con­struct pro­grammes based around mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ the report said.

‘‘We don’t want stu­dents to get qual­i­fi­ca­tions that are filled with mean­ing­less or not very use­ful cred­its.’’ Ian Fer­gu­son

‘‘One of the ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing con­sid­ered is the school pro­duc­tion, which pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for au­then­tic learn­ing con­texts across a range of ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly within the cre­ative in­dus­tries path­way.’’

In many other schools, only ca­reers staff used vo­ca­tional path­ways, the report said.

Prin­ci­pal Ian Fer­gu­son said the school was at the early stages but fo­cused on qual­ity qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

‘‘We don’t want stu­dents to get qual­i­fi­ca­tions that are filled with mean­ing­less or not very use­ful cred­its.’’

Wood pro­cess­ing stu­dents al­ready worked with the Kin­leith mill and level 3 me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing stu­dents were with lo­cal firms one day a week.

ERO looked at 35 se­condary schools and picked out For­est View, Hau­raki Plains Col­lege and Flaxmere Col­lege in Hawke’s Bay as three top Vo­ca­tional Path­ways ex­am­ples.

They had cre­ative and pro­gres­sive ap­proaches which in­volved the whole school, chief re­view of­fi­cer Iona Hol­sted said.

Chal­lenges for schools eval­u­ated in­cluded the per­ceived dif­fer­ing sta­tus of vo­ca­tional and aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions and the per­cep­tion the frame­work was just be­ing for stu­dents at risk of un­der achieve­ment.

For­est View had con­nec­tions with ter­tiary providers, other schools, work­place learn­ing providers and em­ploy­ers.

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