Leon and Lee back Welsh Baccalaureate
Club ambassadors Lee Trundle and Leon Britton went along to Dwr-Y-Felin Comprehensive School in Neath to check out the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust Welsh Baccalaureate Enterprise and Employability Challenge.
Supporters’ Trust board members Sian Davies and Roger Goodwin were concerned about the small numbers of young people joining the trust.
Having both worked in education, they decided to use a partnership with the Welsh Baccalaureate to raise the profile of the trust and Swansea City.
The Enterprise and Employability Challenge requires young people to work in small teams to design and develop an idea to supply a product or service in order to improve a young fan’s matchday experience.
Dwr-Y-Felin Comprehensive School piloted the challenge, with pupils coming up with a range of ideas including trading cards, radio commentary for visually impaired, re-usable bottles, a book of simplified rules and face-painting.
Lee and Leon attended the school for the pupils to showcase their ideas and gather feedback from them.
Davies said: “The visit by Lee and Leon was superb. It was the ideal end to the whole process of the challenge.
“The pupils had an opportunity to display their work and explain their innovative ideas to representatives from the club.
“It was very motivating not only for the pupils that had completed the challenge but also for those pupils who will undertake the challenge in the summer of 2019.”
Sarah Powell, Welsh Baccalaureate co-ordinator for Dwr-Y-Felin School, added: “What’s really impressed me is how well the pupils are working as a team.
“Even the shyer pupils were willing and confident to present their products and services to Sian Davies, as well as Lee Trundle and Leon Britton, with enthusiasm and passion.”
The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4 is to provide a vehicle for 14 to 16-year-olds to consolidate and develop essential and employability skills.
The qualification helps learners prepare for their future by developing skills, attributes and behaviours valued by post-16 educators and potential employers.
The Welsh Baccalaureate emphasises applied learning i.e. acquiring and applying a range of transferable skills. Learners develop skills in the context of purposeful tasks and appropriate knowledge and understanding.
The next stage of the initiative is to roll out the challenge to more schools across South West Wales.