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Something like Health and Social Care

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by royalstu11, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. royalstu11

    royalstu11 New commenter

    We are a school with separate boys' and girls' sites. The lower ability girls' often take Btec Health and Social Care L2 and L3. We find this to be a very successful Btec as it has a broad appeal, obvious career themes and is accessible to students with CATS lower than 90. The results are fantastic!

    Despite offering Media, IT, Business and ASDAN, we have not been able to find something similarly attractive for the boys.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. What about the Btec in Workskills, I use this with a mixed group who have very low CATS scores and they have loved it. Lots of role play, we can watch the apprentice and discuss work place behaviour and most of them have been motivated to look for Saturday jobs or voluntary work so that they can get better CVs than some of their peers. Can also link to some of the other my skills options if you want.
     
  3. How do your low ability pupils manage with L2/3 courses? Mine are really struggling with literacy levels.
     
  4. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    At one of my previous schools, public services was very popular
     
  5. shamsh

    shamsh Occasional commenter

    I've always wondered if there was a way to make the Health and Social Care course more attractive to the boys. It does seem to be reinforcing gender stereotypes for it only to really be offered as a viable option for the girls. I know that it does tend to be mainly girls who choose to study it, although I have come across a small number boys who choose to study it at our local FE college (just as there a very small number of girls who choose to study mechanics, carpentry and plumbing).

    With the rise in demand for male entrants into primary/early years education, nursing, and, incredibly importantly considering the changing needs of our ageing population, into care work wouldn't it be worth your while making the course more appealing to the boys. You might not have many students for the first year or two, and it might be a challenge at first to change some of the stereotypes, but it would be worth it if you could get the similarly great results!
     
  6. I was going to suggest Public Services too, but I am now intrigued by shamsh's very interesting points. What about making Health & Social Care inclusive for boys too? You could get some guest speakers in, but you'd need more than that.
     
  7. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    our number two son, messed up at school.
    he eventually decided he wanted to go into mental health care, no idea why.
    after three years as a ward assistant, he has completed his missing GCSEs at night school and started his nursing degree last week, specialising in mental nursing.
    i bet your local university has lots of similar backgrounds on tehir course, and similar of coursse working in the local care community.
    as it happened his ward included two ex professional footballers who won the Championship some years ago!
     

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