Pathways in Oban High School is a successful blended learning program encompassing work placed vocation experiences, reflective practice and SQA Awards.
Pathways is a course, designed for pupils in S6 who are looking to move into employment, Furher or Higher Education and require industry experience and an increased folion of awards.
Pathways has a multi dimensional approach as it is flexible and tailored to each pupils individuals interests and future careers.
Work Experience and Reflective Practice Each student is selects their own work based vocational learning experience which is then organised by the school for at least 2 hours per from August until April.
These placements are shaped by the pupils interests or future career and they are responsible for their attendance and attitude.
Experience in the workplace is a valuable addition to University and College applications.
Placements this year have included Health (local Hospital), Education (local Primary School and Nurseries), Engineering (electrical and mechanical), Oban Airport, Strathclyde University, Computing, Journalism (Oban Times), Sport and Recreation (Atlantis Leasure and Active Schools), Veterinary Practise, Law, SAMS and many many more.
Reflective practice is a way of studying your own experiences to improve the way you work. The act of reflection is a great way to increase confidence and become a more proactive and qualified future professional.The pupil is expected to keep a weekly diary of their placement and reflect on knowledge and skills they have gained and also their own performance in the work place.
The SQA offer a diverse suite of awards which are based on wider achievement.
These awards are available from level 3 to level 6.
All pupils in Pathways will be expected to gain at least one award at level 5 or above.
These awards give the pupils valuable experience working on a project that they have chosen for themselves.
Most of the award are made up of several units involving research and active learning.
“It gives you some independence”, “life experience as well as work experience”, “there is so much choice”, “ its good for your CV when you leave school”, “I like the fact that my ideas and choices are important”, “I have learnt so much about business on my placement”, “ I didn’t think you could get me a placement to do with Maths and Physics but working on the robotics team has been amazing”