Work experience

According to the Department for Education, 'work experience has been and will remain an essential part of the curriculum, more so with the new diplomas. It helps learners understand their own strengths, … builds confidence … and helps young people connect their education with their future working lives' (Guide for Schools, 2002).

Therefore, work experience is included as part of the curriculum for all diploma students in Years 10, 12 and 13 and as part of enrichment for students in Years 12 and 13. The programme has the full support of the Principal, Governors and the Senior Leadership Team.  

Work Experience Policy

CEIAG Policy

Partnership Arrangements

To ensure that the Quality Standards recommended by OFSTED and ESCC Audits are met, Helenswood works in partnership primarily with ESCC Aspire Programme WEX (on behalf of the, and other relevant organisations linked to ensure the safe experience expected for our students. Health & Safety Executive guidelines are also followed at all times to ensure maximum safety at the placements.  


It is the responsibility of the Assistant Principalsfor KS3 and KS4 and the Work Experience Administrative Assistant to ensure the fulfilment of our obligations to the principals endorsed by Helenswood Academy for the safe and effective completion of the relevant period in the various placements, whether as part of a course, enrichment activity or extended placement.