Cooperation between School and the Nearest Companies
A strategy developed by a Finnish primary school which uses formal partnership contracts with local companies, including those which employ parents of children at the school. The project focuses on creating a series of work-related visits, for company staff to the school and also for pupils to companies appropriate for their age.
Purpose and process
The contracts are intended to help build and sustain relationships with companies located nearest to the school. Most of these companies are selected because parents of children at the school actually work there, which generally makes it easier for the school/company to organise visits. In addition, they are chosen to fit with the needs of different age groups and are categorised accordingly into four different sets. Companies that have signed partnership contracts agree to host student visits and/or enable company representatives to visit the school in order to tell the students about their jobs and workplaces.
- Find out about the kind of work, workers and workplaces that are located near their school
- Come to understand how their parents are involved in this process and can show their friends what their parents are doing for work
- Begin to develop awareness of different jobs and career opportunities through direct contact with employees; this can help to raise their personal career aspirations.
The project supports the school´s mission to lead their students to become productive members of the society in which they live.
Curricular or thematic relevance
In Finland, schools are encouraged to develop partnerships with parents and their local community and also with neigbourhood organisations and businesses. Schools can decide what kind of partnership and activities they want to develop but need to be proactive in offering partnership to the companies and other organisations.
How to organise:
Combination of timtabled lessons and suspended timetable time; company representatives visiting the school could attend during assembly time in order to talk to a whole year group.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
School-based evaluation is incorporated within associated teaching activities.
Finding local companies willing to sign up for visits to/from the school is essential for the successful implementation of this project. It may be important to clarify the potential benefits to be gained by participating companies and also to provide: a) some sort of feedback system so that employers know how to improve their involvement over time; b)rewards for hosting successful visits or giving inspiring talks.
Teachers have continuous involvement at all stages of the process, especially careful briefing and feedback for partners. In addition, all kind of teaching activities can be created before, during and after these visits and cooperation.
All kind of teaching activities can be created before, during and after these visits and cooperation.
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This kind of partnership could also be used in secondary education. I have tried it both in primary and secondary education, and it is succesfull in both.
In upper secondary education it could lead to curriculum development, especialy in VTE, and career orientation programs.
In primary education it could lead to after school programs development and, also, early career orientation programs.
It is eassyer for the schools in small towns to initiate this kind of partnership with local companies, than for those in big cities.