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Working with

Secondary Schools to create lasting change

We believe in the potential of all young people and are passionate about helping secondary schools harness the energies of their pupils and create lasting change.

The recent raising of the participation age will mean that schools and colleges will need to find new ways of tackling the same old issues within a context of reduced funding. Let us help you encourage achievement and progression in your pupils by making learning exciting, engaging and enriching via our personalised learning programmes. We know that some young people need an approach which is more appropriate to their needs. We understand your needs, drivers and resource pressures. What we can offer are tailor-made programmes to meet the needs of your pupils, which also provide value for money.


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We can offer you: • a programme that will both meet your needs and price limit • delivery by experienced and qualified trainers • staff with experience of motivating and enthusing young people who may be struggling in a normal school environment • over 30 years of experience of working at a local level addressing local needs • Programmes of accredited training • a sustainable approach to delivering local solutions • a sound track record of working with partners.

We can offer your young people an alternative approach to education which is both stimulating and engaging, allowing your pupils to achieve qualifications and to grow and develop in a way which is more appropriate to their needs. These bespoke programmes will contribute positively to your school performance and deliver improved motivation, attendance, confidence and self-esteem. Our programmes to date have demonstrated an improvement in progression for the young people with whom we have worked as well as reduced staff stress levels. As a third sector organisation, we can also attract other funding, adding value to your investment. This brochure provides you only with a taste of what we can offer in the following areas: • ages 11 to 16 (p4) • ages 16 to 18 (p6) • schools and grounds (p8) • track record & Case Studies (p10). Please read on and get in touch if you’d like to find out more. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please ask as we’re keen to provide what you are seeking. Our key focus is to help you make a difference and bring about lasting change.

Partner: “The young people… have shown commitment and excellent teamwork. With the support and encouragement from Groundwork there has been a visible improvement of the young people; in their behaviour, confidence and loyalty to the project.” 27 schools in Oldham and Rochdale worked with us in 2012/13

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Lasting change for young people aged:

11 to 16 We bring about positive change through the provision of personal development programmes to: • prepare young people for further education, employment or training • re-engage young people into school • reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) and risk-taking behaviour etc. Our objectives align with wider school requirements, such as Intervention Panels, annual reports, Common Assessment Frameworks and Troubled Families. Our staff will provide you with regular feedback and an evidence base for attendance, achievement and progression.

2,000 young people in Oldham and Rochdale worked with us in 2012/13

Young person: “The course gives me something good to do and a path to move onto after school.” Turn to page 10 and 11 to read case studies of our work.


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Personalised Learning A sample of what we offer Bespoke alternative curriculum programmes. Full academic year accredited qualifications. Short and medium length targeted interventions (e.g. ASB, pre-CSE, bullying etc). Non-accredited Skills for Working Life with learning aims connected to confidence, personal planning, team building, resilience, healthy lifestyles budgeting and positive relationships. Work experience and enrichment. Specialist environmental education (workshops linked to the curriculum on subjects such as sustainability, recycling, food growing). Community projects - linking the curriculum to the local community.

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Lasting change for young people aged:

16 to 18 Accredited and non-accredited programmes are included in our portfolio for 16 to 18 year olds. These reflect the emerging needs of schools, such as funding changes, the raising of the participation age and the need to ensure young people at risk of becoming NEET are supported with the preparation for employment, further education or training. Delivered within the school or from one of our bases or nature sites, the nationally recognised qualifications currently offered from Level 1 to Level 3 are listed on page 7. Key transferable skills are embedded within all programmes to enrich the offer and ensure progression and achievement.

Young person: “I gained many qualifications that helped me to get the job that I’ve always wanted. Thank you Groundwork!�

Community Vo l u n t e e r i n g Volunteering opportunities form a key part of our work and engage young people in positive and meaningful activities which support the guided learning hours (GLH) leading to Level 1 to Level 3 qualifications.

Turn to page 10 and 11 to read case studies of our work.


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Young people benefitting from these programmes will develop their practical skills alongside employability skills such as project management, health and safety awareness and an understanding of equality and diversity.

1,500 accredited qualifications achieved by our learners in 2012/13 Young person: “Groundwork is a place of learning, personal development and training. It helps you to recognise your personal qualities and how to exploit them for success.”

A c c r e d i t e d Tr a i n i n g Groundwork Prince’s Trust Team Programme A life-changing 13 week personal development course for young people aged 16 to 25. Practical Countryside Skills Course Participants learn a range of conservation skills on a local nature site and gain a qualification. Community Action Teams Team members are involved in community development, physical improvement work and environmental activities. Work Skills Course A four-day short course teaching tips and tricks to improve your CV and succeed at interviews. Employability Skills Course A three-week course helping you to refine your CV and gain generic skills valued by employers. Building Craft Occupations Course This 12-week course teaches the basics in a wide range of construction trades and includes site experience and a CSCS card.

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Lasting change for:

schools & grounds


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Let us work with you to improve the environment in which your pupils learn, add value to your curriculum and reduce your carbon footprint. We can help you to: save money and protect the environment by reducing your carbon footprint and raising environmental awareness with both pupils and staff members implement an environmental training programme and conduct a resource efficiency and sustainability review develop as an Eco School or Forest School develop new and exciting outdoor spaces and recreational areas to make the most of your school grounds as valuable learning and social spaces work with pupils, parents and partners to deliver a landscape design which meets your brief

Head teacher: “We are absolutely delighted with the newly designed area at our school. Staff, pupils and the wider community can now enjoy greater access to our school grounds and pupils will really benefit� 10,000m2 of land transformed by us at schools in 2012/13

develop a volunteer programme embed learning into your new school grounds

Turn to page 10 and 11 to read case studies of our work.

offer a range of skills and training programmes for staff, pupils and volunteers.

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Case Study

Accredited training for pupils Our track record Our aim is to change places and change lives through a range of innovative services often with an environmental or sustainability focus. We can lever in additional funding. We are a local charity and can provide you with a range of wider links to your community. We provide services that support you to meet your statutory responsibilities. We provide services which comply with health & safety legislation, school procedures and best practice. We are committed to provide the best value services through partnership working. We can bring experience, skills and knowledge. We would be happy to put you in touch with schools across Oldham and Rochdale where we have worked in partnership. We feel confident that they would tell you that Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale has a good track record and reputation.


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Building on an existing relationship, Royton & Crompton School in Oldham asked us to provide an accredited training programme for a group of pupils. Weekly sessions were held at Groundwork and pupils completed units of the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 certificate in Work Skills. For the ‘Working in a Team’ unit the young people had to work in teams to plan and deliver a presentation on bullying for Anti-bullying Week. The learners researched information over a number of weeks in preparation for their presentation. This included video clips, factual information, PowerPoint, and practical tasks. The learners gained different skills from delivering the presentation as well as important evidence for their portfolios. The group also completed units focussed around an enterprise activity. An ‘Easter Bunday’ fundraising activity was planned and delivered by the young people. Pupils created spread sheets to show costs for producing and selling the product, and a plan for marketing and selling their product. The pupils have really enjoyed attending Groundwork. The young people have had good attendance at the Groundwork sessions and have always been on time. The enterprise activity was the most popular with this group and some even asked if they could do another enterprise activity day. The learners completed four units totalling 6 credits (60 guided learning hours) of the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 certificate in Work Skills.

Case Study

Case Study

We were asked to develop a programme of weekly sessions to engage pupils from Kingsland School in Oldham. Staff at the school were keen to see a programme that would teach transferable skills, providing pupils with knowledge, advice and information, and improving their behaviour.

Oldham Sixth Form College approached us for help in developing a tired-looking and underused area of their college premises. The outdoor space was enclosed by buildings on all sides but presented an excellent opportunity for creating a new area for socialising at the heart of the college.

The pupils attended sessions at Groundwork every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. We provided a non-accredited training programme, covering different topics such as team building, drug and alcohol awareness, health and wellbeing, independent living and relationships.

Working to the college’s specification, Groundwork supplied and installed bespoke timber benches, installed a new drainage system and landscaped the space with new flagging. To minimise disruption, the work was carried out over a two-week period during the 2012 summer holidays.

B e h a v i o u r, learning and skills

Each participant received basic First Aid training and subsequently went on to design posters during PSHE at school and have created a board in the main hall at Kingsland School on how to save a person’s life. As part of a team-building exercise, the young people visited Boarshaw Clough nature site in Middleton to go orienteering and also attended gym sessions. The pupils also completed an enterprise activity – planning and fundraising through selling ice creams and smoothies. Positive feedback was received from both pupils and staff at Kingsland School. The young people really enjoyed the team building tasks as well as the enterprise activity. One of the young people who was on half days wanted to stay in school so that he could attend Groundwork in the afternoon. The pupil’s behaviour has noticeably improved.

Grounds for social learning

Due to the site restrictions, materials and machinery had to be carefully transported through the college building. Our contracts staff utilised specialist protective coatings for the floors whilst manually transporting over 8 tonnes of materials to the site. The finished area is now used as an outdoor space for relaxing and socialising by both students and staff. The materials used and the design of the benches fit into the existing college environment and the feedback we received indicated that the college were very happy with the quality of the work undertaken.

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Contact us... Contact Liane Kirk to find out more information on how Groundwork can support your current and future needs. T: 0161 624 1444 E:

About us... Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale helps people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way. We’re a registered charity with 30 years of experience working with partners to deliver successful projects in the Oldham and Rochdale area.

Visit us online at Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale, Environment Centre, Shaw Road, Higginshaw, Oldham OL1 4AW Charity number: 514726 | Company number: 01762088

Working with Secondary Schools  
Working with Secondary Schools  

Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale services for secondary schools - a brochure of services and case studies.