Mark Rutherford School

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Through the creation of business mentors and providing networking opportunities for local businesses using the school site and involving pupils, Mark Rutherford School has created excellent employer engagement, according to the recent Ofsted report ‘Getting ready for work’.

The report investigates the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools.  Inspectors visiting the school also looked at how well the school and businesses were engaging with each other and how the school was promoting alternatives to university, including apprenticeships.

Featured as an example of good practice the report explains how the partnership was set up by the school to link local organisations interested in supporting students with the transition from education to the world of work.  It also goes on the discuss how individual partners get involved with the school in a variety of ways, from offering work-experience placements and visits to running workshops or attending careers events. It explains how some partners also develop specific business projects for students to tackle in their curriculum or spare time, while other partners act as mentors to students during their time in education.

The report goes on the say that Inspectors found evidence of good systems that fully prepared pupils for their post-16 choices and provided them with a range of alternatives.  Mark Rutherford has developed vital links to external institutions in order to develop pupils’ understanding of their options.  In Mark Rutherford School, the strong promotion of apprenticeships is delivered through ‘business breakfast’ meetings with local employers.

For the full report click here

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Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: mark.rutherford@mrus.co.uk