Edge Award for excellence in the practical delivery of technical and professional learning - Stephenson College Case Study

Stephenson College regularly engages in community projects. Recent projects include building cricket-club changing rooms, umpires’ scoreboxes, renovating youth clubs and community centres.

These projects enable learners to apply the knowledge learnt in classrooms and workshops in real life settings. Practical techniques covered in community projects allow learners to develop and apply higher level technical skills. They develop skills including client liaison, and planning and delivering a timely, efficient programme of work.

Learners working on offsite renovations encounter problems, materials and construction methods requiring skills beyond the expectations and content of their qualification, therefore raising practical standards. Students are proud of their achievements and contribution to the community, create portfolios to show potential employers and improve their opportunities to gain apprenticeships and employment.

Community projects in study programmes will be used across college to raise technical skill levels and increase positive progression onto apprenticeships and into employment. Study programme based focus groups will consider ways of ensuring all students have the opportunity to participate in community work relevant to their subject specialisms.

Community projects genuinely stretch and challenge learners, developing higher level technical and industry skills that support secure progress into apprenticeships and employment.