At WMG Academy for Young Engineers we pride ourselves on Kaizen – a Japanese term to describe the concept of continual improvement, often used in the engineering industry.
When there’s a problem, our parents have commented on how quick and responsive we are to finding a solution. Here are few examples to illustrate this.
You Said – ‘We’d like more opportunities for work experience.’
We Did – We set this as the lead agenda item with our Business Advisory Board and have consequently secured work experience placements with a wide variety of companies.
‘We’d like our child to be supported in applying for an apprenticeship.’
We Did – We have worked with our business partners to host an apprenticeship roadshow as well as providing business-led seminars from Jaguar Land Rover, Autins Group and Barclays on interview skills and psychometric testing.
You Said – ‘We’d like more computers within the school which can support our children on CAD.’
We Did – Working with Andrew Savage, chair of our ‘Friends group’ we secured £40,000 of Warwickshire County Council funding to work with Aston Martin to regenerate our mezzanine areas into a complete CAD/prototyping area.
You Said – ‘We’d like to know more about supporting our children in independent learning and revision.’
We Did – We set up an information evening which talks parents through the process of examinations and effective revision techniques.
You Said – ‘We’d like more regular communication.’
We Did – We have just completed the first full year of the parental newsletter, which has been published to parents without fail for every week of the school calendar.
You Said – ‘As new parents, we’d like quicker feedback on how our child has settled in.’
We’ve set up new induction parents’ evenings earlier in the year to meet the teachers and tutors in an informal setting.’
You Said – ‘We’d like BTEC reports in Y12 to give us more information on progress.’
We Did – We worked with a parent and friend of the academy to develop a complex, yet flexible reporting proforma which tracks individual progress. Other schools have now approached us to use the model in their own establishments.
You Said – ‘We’d like to know more about UCAS and apprenticeships.’
We Did – We ran a university funding information evening and now publish apprenticeships vacancies directly to parents twice a month.
You Said – ‘We’d like a more robust system for coursework submission.’
We Did – We created a ‘submit and receipt’ system in our reception area which ensures greater transparency for staff and students.
You said – we’d like to understand common educational acronyms used in parental communication.