Vocational Curriculum

Personal Opportunities and Development 

During year 10 the students at Brook Green will take part in our POD days or Personal Opportunities and Development days. During these students work toward either and AOPE or COPE award, Award or Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.

POD challenges feed into the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness and go towards the students final qualification. Undertaking each POD task requires the students to demonstrate key employability skills such as Working Together, Problem Solving, and Communication.  These are skills the ASDAN qualification assesses. When the course has successfully been completed at Year 11 the student could gain a GCSE through producing a portfolio of evidence that is externally moderated.  POD's practical hands on approach lends itself perfectly to the demands of the CoPE qualification.

This is new to Brook Green and is designed to build confidence, resilience and independence in our students, with a view to preparing them for the rigours of further education and or work. Students engage in a wide range of activities from DIY projects, visiting work placements to canoeing or country walking to complete a number of modules and challenges designed to develop, challenge and record the use of these skills.

The program allows us to provide breadth and depth to our curriculum offer, whilst giving our students the opportunity to engage in activities that they might not have the opportunity to engage in out of the school setting.

One of those modules is Sport and Leisure in which students have to evidence that they have engaged in various activities aimed at increasing self-confidence and preparing them for life after Brook Green. Students take part in five challenges over 10 hours. These include such things as engaging in swimming activities, taking part in at least two outdoor activities, climbing and Hillwalking for example. Identifying and taking part in a leisure activity of your choice such as Orienteering and pursuing an extended health and fitness programme.

In another module students work together to help develop the school site with DIY styles tasks. For example, helping with the building of sensory garden. As well as working together on a small enterprise project where the groups make items to sell at fairs.

Part of the POD program is to help prepare of students for the world of work, thus all students will complete a period of work experience or gain extra skills & qualifications that would help in a work placement such as first aid and food & hygiene.

Year 11 College Placements

Year 11 students attend college one day a week. This gives students an insight into college life and eases transition at the end of Key Stage 4. All students are interviewed during Year 10 to see what they would like to do at college and then we arrange suitable courses with local Colleges and Alternative Providers. This year we have students studying at City College, Cornwall College Saltash, Aspire at Plympton and North Prospect Garage Project. Courses being studied are:

  • Automotive Engineering,

  • Construction,

  • Catering,

  • Art,

  • Textiles,

  • Customer Services.

All courses lead to recognised qualifications.

Work Experience

All Year 11 students complete a two week block of Work Experience at the end of June. This gives the students a taste of working life. All places are arranged via South West Education and Business Partnership who check that employers have both public and employee liability insurance and that their Health and Safety procedures are up to standard. Last year students worked in a wide variety of jobs including:

  • Catering,

  • Childcare,

  • Animal Care,

  • Retail,

  • Gardening,

  • Health and Social Care and Sport.

The Jubilee Challenge

What is the Jubilee Challenge?

The Jubilee Challenge is a trekking expedition on northern Dartmoor designed specifically for young people with special needs, both physical and educational. Incorporated within the Ten Tors Event it attracts considerable media and public attention.  Numerous VIPs also attend and are willing volunteers to hand out medals at two moving prize giving ceremonies held after the Challenge is completed.

What does the Challenge involve?

Up to 300 participants from all over the South West are involved in the Jubilee Challenge each year.  Participants enter the Challenge as a member of a team or as an individual. Just like the Ten Tors Challenge, they are required to trek and navigate across northern Dartmoor to specified checkpoints. We usually enter two teams of five students in this prestigious event. Training starts in January culminating in the event itself in May.