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Rainhill Super Curriculum and Work Experience

Here at Rainhill, we take progression routes really seriously and therefore our progression advice starts on Day 1 of Year 12! On Day 1 of Year 12, the Super curriculum and work experience will be introduced to you as two key concepts of being a Rainhill student and also being prepared for your future.

What is the Super Curriculum?
The Super Curriculum is about developing you as an independent learner, a diligent learner and a rounded learner. It is about your going out and learning and developing more in terms of your subject and your passion! From reading journals and professional newspapers related to your subject or career, to completing MOOCs, going on trips, taking part in extra activities or listening to lectures and talks from University professors, the Super Curriculum aims to make you a Super student, ready to apply for whatever progression point you wish.
The Super Curriculum at Rainhill 6th form consists of:

  • A booklet of 15 suggestions and guidance about how to manage the Super curriculum;
  • 5 log sheets for the 5 activities you need to complete;
  • The EPQ qualification running through Year 12 and 13 with Mr Proctor;
  • Work experience opportunities;
  • Regular tutor checks on your activities and suggestions through tutorial about what you might do;
  • Talks, activities, documentary screenings and TED talks on a Wednesday afternoon in college; and,
  • Support from staff to suggest things you might do.

Work experience
Work experience is also offered in Years 12 and 13. Alison Anders (YSM) is in charge of Work experience. A database of placements is stored in the student shared drive and Alison is there for support and advice about what is available and how to apply. Students are asked to arrange work experience around their formal learning and are encouraged to use Wednesday afternoons to complete this. Students need to fill in and return an official work experience form to Alison once a placement is found.
Some examples of work experience our students have done in the past are:

  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • St Ann’s Primary School
  • Hatton’s Solicitors
  • Willowbrook Hospice
  • BT Openreach
  • St Helens Council
  • White Cross Vets

Useful links for the Super Curriculum and Work Experience
Future Learn – MOOCs
TED talks 
Volunteering England
Do It!
Youth Action Network
Time bank
National Council for voluntary organisations




Need further help and guidance?

Please feel free to contact:
Joanne Morrell (Key Stage 5 Progress and Learning mentor)
Alison Anders (YSM – In charge of Work Experience)
Faye Rafferty (Careers Connect)

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