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Work Experience, Employer Engagement & Part-time Work

Work Experience

 Year 10 Work Experience

In Year 10 work experience is about giving students a general introduction to the workplace and experience of what it is like to be at work. It enables students to understand how school subjects can be applied in the world of work and to develop and practice employability skills. One clear benefit is how the experience builds self-confidence in students and gives them a renewed focus on their curriculum subjects. With regard to future career paths, it can be used to confirm choices before students decide on post-16 courses, but it is mainly a chance to engage with employers and learn new skills. For some students work experience in Year 10 has led to part-time work or apprenticeship opportunities.

Our Year 10 Work experience week is 8 – 12 May 2023.

Process for Year 10 Work Experience:

  1. Parent consent must be given

Parents and carers must complete an online Parent consent Form to allow their child to participate in work experience. The form is sent to parents via ParentMail with further information sent once work experience is launched.


  1. Students/Parents/Carers find a placement and notify the school

Students and their parents or carers are responsible for finding their own work experience placement. This ensures students can travel to the employer’s location and the placement is in an area of interest. For Year 10, placements are simply a first taste of work and the workplace.  Many students go to an employer they are linked to, for example, a family member of a friend works there or it is a business they regularly visit.


Students must request a placement for the work experience week (email templates are provided) and once they get a ‘yes’, they then complete an online Placement Notification Form which requires:

  • Student name
  • Tutor group
  • Name of business offering work experience
  • A contact name
  • Contact Email address
  • Contact telephone number


A link to the Placement Notification Form is shared with students once work experience is launched.

  1. Employers are checked for health, safety, insurance and safeguarding

Once Placement Notification Forms have been submitted the school then sends an online Employer Information Form to the employer contact to obtain placement, health & safety and insurance details. Employers must meet the school’s standard for insurance and health and safety. Safeguarding issues are also checked at this time.


  1. Placement and contact information are exchanged

Once the school has obtained employer information and approved the placement, students and parents and carers are emailed all the details about their placement and employers are sent the student’s ‘in case of emergency details’ from the parent consent form at this time. This occurs six weeks prior to the placement start date. Students are encouraged to make contact with their employer following this data exchange to confirm any final details.


  1. Preparation, placement and debrief take place

Prior to the placement week, students will be prepared for their placement and learn about employer expectations and how to behave at work. They then have their placement which is followed by debriefing sessions to maximise their learning and to enable them to share their experience.


Year 12 Work Experience

In the Sixth Form, there is an additional opportunity for students to undertake work experience. Work Experience at this stage should be in the sector or role linked to the student’s career aspirations. It is particularly useful for students applying for vocational degrees at university, for example, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Nursing and Teaching. It is also helpful for those students seeking an apprenticeship or other employment opportunities after their A-Level studies.

Year 12 work experience week is 6 – 10 February 2023.


Virtual Work Experience

Virtual work experience is also an option for students during their free time and is an excellent way to provide additional content for personal statements and applications.

Speakers for Schools and Springpod are two sites that list virtual work experience opportunities students can sign up for. Students can register directly with Speakers for Schools and Springpod to be notified of all their experiences on offer, as they are advertised.


Employer Engagement

As well as support for work experience, Burford School is supported by a vast array of employers from many different sectors whom all contribute significantly to our careers education programme.

Mock Interviews:  During the Autumn term, students from Year 11 take part in Mock interviews with local business volunteers. This gives students a good opportunity to practice their application and interview skills. This is a great activity to help prepare our students for life and enable them to practice our school values – Respect, Participate, Reach. This year 36 business volunteers supported around 240 students with interviews.

Careers Speed Networking: Year 8 students meet with a wide cross section of business volunteers from a vast range of sectors to learn more about the range of employment opportunities open to them. Students move around the volunteers in small groups asking questions about the volunteer’s role and the sector their organisation represents.

Careers talks: Students often benefit from guest speakers in their curriculum areas. One example from last academic year was Kate Berman from local IT company, Olamalu, who spoke with A-Level computer science students about the transferability of curriculum content to the workplace.

Workplace visits: Employers also support the school by hosting workplace visits. One example from this academic year was the A-Level economics trip to UE Coffee Roasters where students could relate their course to the realities of running a business.


We are always looking for business volunteers to support us. If you would like to support careers-related activities at Burford School, please get in contact with Mrs Haines, Careers Leader (e:


Part-time Work

Please see here some frequently asked questions about part-time work and child employment. You may not be aware that employers should apply for a work permit when they employ a child (anyone under school-leaving age). If your child has a part-time job (this does not include babysitting), you should have been asked to sign the work permit.

Child employment falls under the county council’s remit and you can find advice for businesses employing children here: Employing children | Oxfordshire County Council 


Contact Us

For further information regarding our careers programme, please contact our Careers Leader, Mrs H Haines (E: T: 01993 823303).

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