A food technology lesson at Elms Bank

Applied Learning

Applied learning is a style of learning that equips and prepares our young people for life, learning and employment. It is an integral part of the curriculum and is instrumental in many aspects of the Elms Bank College pathways. Applied learning provides Relevant, Engaging, Active Learning (REAL) opportunities for students, from which they can build their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live and develop the essential skills to reach their potential.

The school has an Applied Learning Team led by the Head of Key Stage 5 and has introduced flexible pathways through the curriculum which will enable all learners to move at a pace which best suits them.

Elms Bank College

We offer a range of work experience opportunities including; placements within school, group visits and 1:1 supported placements within the local community. Placements are fully supported by the team in the first instance, to enable the pupil to grow in confidence and understand their role, giving them further independence and a sense of 'can do'.

These experiences take a variety of forms:

  • Site visits: These are sensory experiences where students can get hands on in a supermarket or bakery to get a sense of what happens.
  • School-based: students get an opportunity to work in different parts of the school such as the school office, working with the site manager or in the school kitchens. We also have a number of small enterprises:
    • Ubizee is the school’s printing department that provides students with the opportunity to cost, set and print customer orders.
    • The Bistro where students prepare and sell meals to staff at lunch time.
    • Gallery & Coffee Shop, open three days a week.
  • Long term work placements: Pupils work one day a week for an extended period, typically about 10 weeks. This gives the student a longer routine of work enabling them to become familiar with the process. These roles are ideal starter placements that allow for nurturing and support, where skills can be developed in a more relaxed environment.
  • Full time placements for a number of weeks: These placements are typically full time blocks, usually 1 - 2 weeks. This enables students to get the fullest experience of having a full time role and regular routines. These roles are supported and include supermarkets, Children's Centres and office environments.
  • Farm Skills: The school works in partnership with Cronkshaw Farm in Helmshore, to provide college students with practical farming experience, which contributes to the ASDAN short course in animal care.