Students from across the Trust secondary schools visited Kidzania in London, a large cityscape where they can try out careers in up to 60 child-sized settings. The Brooke Weston Trust was invited to take part in a pilot scheme to see how the activities could benefit older children and to suggest future developments. 10 students from each of the Trust schools were invited along to try out the facilities.
Kidzania has 20 themed ‘kid cities’ around the world with five more in development. The trip was co-ordinated by Mr Underwood. He said: ‘Kidzania is a work-related learning experience and we had been asked to take part in a pilot scheme to see whether children from secondary schools can benefit from their facilities. It is currently aimed mainly at primaries and they are looking to see how applicable it is to the secondary age phase, maybe setting up pre and post work placement visits and perhaps website learning.
‘I had feedback from the students which I have given to Kidzania. We are going to look to become a flagship school to help with research and development. The aim is for the Trust primary schools to have two visits and build on the experience each time. For example Year 3 could be very hands-on, then for Year 5 students it may be more development and about learning and knowledge. Year 8 students could potentially be directed towards what types of options they want to choose and information on the qualifications they need. There could also be strands for gifted and talented students with things like lectures and guest speakers.
'The students loved it and thought it was a really good experience and the venue was huge. We have to make sure that it is relevant to them at secondary level and that they can access careers knowledge as well as enjoy the practical and hands-on experience that Kidzania offers.’