Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement
Ark Helenswood is recognised nationally as a school that is at the forefront of arts education. At a crucial time for arts learning in the UK, we continue to recognise the arts as a vital part of our students’ learning and development.
We have been chosen to take part in a major national scheme which will track the effectiveness of arts education and the students’ learning and engagement over a three year period. The programme involves a partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Tate modern and Nottingham University and we have been chosen to take part as a recognition of the high quality arts work that we deliver.
The most recent blog from our first TALE assessor in the school can be read at TALE Blog.
Careers Advice & Guidance
At Ark Helenswood Academy we are committed to helping all students with their career choices. The Careers Education and Guidance programme at Ark Helenswood is designed to help students achieve their potential. In particular, it aims to help them:
- develop their knowledge and understanding of the changing nature of work, learning and careers
- extend their understanding of opportunities in learning and work
- make good use of information and guidance
- develop and use their self-knowledge when thinking about, and making course and other choices
- develop and use the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition
At Ark Helenswood, we work with a number of external organisations to provide comprehensive guidance for our students. All of our Year 11 students are given a series of independent and impartial interviews with a dedicated careers adviser. Further to this, we also provide a range of opportunities for students to learn about different university courses, professions and apprenticeships through: a programme of presentations, our careers themed weeks and the fantastic links that have been made with former Helenswood students and industry; who take great pride in returning to school to share their experiences and advice.
We also offer a Careers Fair in which local and national employees come to speak to students about the world of work and potential employment opportunities. We also ask business leaders and local employees to come in and give mock interviews to students as a way of preparing them for the real life situations they may face.
The school has recently reviewed its achievement of 'Investors in Careers' Award, which is a nationally recognised award for having excellent standards in careers education, information, advice and guidance.