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Working Life Week

Published on 18th September 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

This school year we are exploring how we can improve the careers provision our students receive and we are introducing a ‘Working Life Week’ to replace the current work experience week. This will take place during the week beginning 10th February 2020. We would hope that during this week, many Year 10 students will be able to go on a work experience placement as this is one of the most valuable things a student can do to fully understand the world of work. We have to ensure a health and safety check is completed for all placements and so the students need to begin looking for them as soon as possible. In an ideal world this would be a placement that links to any ideas they already have for their future but this may not be possible and of course, some of our students won’t yet know what they want to do. We encourage them to look for something that will interest them and enthuse them about their futures. We will support them in school but to build independence we ask them to try to find their own placement and we encourage them to make phone calls and send emails themselves. However, any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated as it can be challenging for students to do this and sadly over the years we have found it increasingly difficult to find placements for all of our students. When they have been successful in finding a place, students will be asked to complete a form with all of the information for us so we can complete the relevant checks. The deadline for this is Friday 15th November 2019.

For those students that are not able to find a placement by this date, we will expect them to be in school, as normal during that week and in their lessons they will learn about the world of work in the various subjects they are studying. This will hopefully be an interesting and educational alternative for those that are unsuccessful and will also mean that those on placement will not miss vital curriculum work.

Do please check the school website for information relating to all of the careers provision we offer and please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs A Cannon
Assistant Head Teacher

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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