HRH Earl Of Wessex visits Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre
On Friday 8th September children, young people and staff at Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre were treated to a visit from His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex.
The Earl, who now plays a key role in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme his father set up 60 years ago, met young people and staff from Madeley High School who Entrust have supported in their DofE expeditions this year.
Since 2015, when Entrust first became a provider licensed under the scheme, the number of young people being supported to achieve an award has grown and grown. Next year Entrust are looking to support over 350 young people through their DofE journey, including young people who cannot access the scheme through their schools, ensuring a county-wide inclusive Duke of Edinburgh's Award provision.
The Earl of Wessex also met with young people who were resident at the centre engaged in the ‘adventure’ phase of their National Citizen Service (NCS). This year NCS received royal assent and Entrust is proud to have supported over 5000 young people to engage with this programme that helps build skills for work and life.
Notable highlights of the day included the Earl’s visit to our Wilderness Academy camp set up in the woods, where children from Barnfields Primary engaged in primitive woodland crafts such as cordage making, pump drills, fire lighting and owl-call whistle making, and a cultural mash-up of African drumming provided by the Entrust Music Service in the giant tipi (with resident Indian chief!).
Wilderness Academy is one of our newest offerings, where participants are immersed in a more natural environment than many are used to; from sleeping under canvas surrounded by woodland, waking to the dawn chorus, to conjuring fire and lighting up the natural senses. We use the surrounding landscape to host experiences for young people which help to develop real life transferable skills that anyone can benefit from whilst also bringing a sense of nature exploration to an adventure learning programme.
This autumn will also see our NEW Flint & Fire programme delivered from Chasewater, with a wide range of fun activities that will awaken and stimulate senses, bringing together a multitude of skills and ancient techniques based around nature awareness and primitive living skills.
Our Twilight Explorer programmes are also being rekindled this autumn, giving further insight into nomadic tribal cultures, supporting studies in the stone age tools element of the national primary curriculum. Dream catchers are woven along with narratives and stories told over a background of chants around an open fire.
The Earl of Wessex clearly enjoyed his day at Laches Wood, meeting the children, young people and staff and seeing the many benefits of outdoor learning being celebrated. He left not only having had a great day but with a carved owl-call whistle presented to him from one of the children from Barnfields Primary to take back to his own children.
Develop Career Management
2017 is a year which seems to be characterised by change.
In education, August 2017 will be the first year of the newly implemented A levels, and the first year for the GCSE’s in English language, English Literature and Math’s.
Brexit is looming large on the horizon for the UK adding to the uncertainty of what the future may hold for us as a county and the nature of the future labour market.
In a changing world, it becomes ever more important for young people progressing through school, further education (FE) and higher education (HE) to be able to develop the skills and qualities needed to plan and manage their own careers. To develop career management and employability skills.
The goal of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), is not just about a student being supported to know what their next step is. The goal of IAG is to inspire students to achieve and progress within their current institution and throughout life, to enable individuals to be able to make well informed, realistic decisions and seize opportunities presented to them.
There is no easy solution to meet this goal but there are a range of steps a school or college can take to overcome these challenges.
The 8 Gatsby benchmarks of good careers practice are an excellent starting point.
1. A stable careers programme.
2. Learning from career and labour market information.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
The Quality in Careers Standard is a national award designed to enable schools to demonstrate the quality of their careers education, information, advice and guidance, and to promote good practice and development.
The Government recommends that all schools should work towards the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and external evaluation of the school’s programme.
(Careers guidance and inspiration in schools: Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, April 2017).
Entrust is a Licensed Awarding Body, authorised to act on behalf of the Quality in Careers Standard Consortium to assess and accredit schools, colleges and work-based learning organisations against the Quality in Careers Standard.
We can also advise you on how you could deliver against the Gatsby benchmarks, and how our Skills and Employability Service could support you with this.
New Contact List
We are pleased to inform you of Entrust’s new contact list. Kindly update your contact information and we look forward to working with you as usual with our new contact telephone numbers.
Please see attached document for our new contact list.
Our NQT Appropriate Body Service
Are you preparing to support your newly qualified teacher with their NQT induction?
For maintained schools, it is a statutory requirement to register NQTs with an NQT appropriate body service. Entrust has extensive expertise in providing high quality support for NQTs and their tutors. We currently support maintained schools, academies, independent schools and other educational settings in the Midlands and further afield.
Discover more about our NQT appropriate body service and CPD offer:
Primary Settings Offer- Click here
Secondary Settings Offer- Click Here
Toolkit to Success: The NQT Conference with Ross McGill - http://entrust.education/Event/55074
For further information please contact the Entrust NQT Service email@example.com
Forest School Leader - Level 3
This course is designed for those who would like to set up and run a Forest School programme.
There are five Units of Study at Level 3:
• Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
• Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
• Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
• Teach Outdoor Practical Skills
• Forest School Leader
On the Level Three course you will :-
• Attend training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks.
• Run a Forest School Programme in your chosen setting.
• Have a work-based assessment.
• Complete a portfolio for assessment.
5 initial days of training followed by a gap then 2 practical days. Course completion date is 9 Months after the start date of the course. There is a half day course completion workshop about three quarters of the way through the course. In addition to the course dates, the lead tutor is available during the course for tutorial help by telephone or e mail.
Entry Qualification Required:
Level 2 Qualification in Education, Youth Work, Child care etc. AND established link with a client group and potential Forest School Site. 21 years or over at the start of the course.
OR Level 2 Qualification in Forest School, Countryside, Woodland Management etc. AND at least two years experience with client groups AND an established link with a client group and potential Forest School Site.
£800 per person (excluding VAT)
£818.20 (including VAT)