Mrs L Lennox, B.Sc.(Hons.), P.G.C.E. – Head of Occupational Studies Programme
The Occupational Studies Programme (O.S.P.) caters for pupils with varying degrees of educational, social and physical needs. The department is committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all pupils. We endeavour to make every effort to achieve maximum inclusion of all pupils whilst meeting pupils’ individual needs.
- To provide pupils with enjoyable, productive and challenging learning experiences
- To provide learning experiences which are accessible and achievable for all
- To provide learning experiences which are relevant and which help pupils to develop an awareness of self and their particular capabilities
- To develop a pupil’s capacity for self-evaluation as the basis for self improvement in a range of skills
- To foster a learning environment which welcomes discussion and debate between teacher and pupil, and pupil and pupil
- To seek ever more inventive ways of recognising and rewarding good work
- To seek ever more inventive ways of enhancing a pupil’s creativity by stimulating curiosity and imagination
- To use ICT to enhance learning
- To equip pupils with the skills needed for the world beyond school
- To improve and maintain pupils’ attendance in Key Stage Four
- To offer a supportive learning environment where pupils feel valued, safe and treasured
- To build pupils awareness of local employers and resources for their use
- To equip pupils with hands on skills that will aid them in their future working life
- To provide equality of opportunity for all pupils
- To develop language skills and to encourage neat and legible handwriting
- To develop communication and interpersonal skills
- To employ drama to explore pupils thoughts and feelings
- To develop ICT skills, especially word-processing
- To help pupils to develop skills required for their life outside school and beyond
- To help pupils to feel comfortable in environments they know less well by introducing them a variety of environments outside Omagh High School
The Department is located in a mobile classroom located in the upper part of the building. The classroom was provided in 2008 to cater for the Alternative Education Programme as it was then known. The classroom is bright, warm and comfortable. It is fully equipped for the programme with a large area behind for outdoor activities.
The classroom is quite close proximity to the IT suites of twenty computers, located in the upper part of the school building. Regular use is made of these facilities to maximise pupils ICT skills development.
The South West College, Omagh is also used to deliver a programme of education to year eleven and year twelve OSP pupils. Each year time is time tabled for pupils to attend the college to study their selected vocational choice. This is an excellent way in which to develop pupils’ hands on learning skills. They have extensive resources to facilitate specific vocational areas of learning.
In addition to the college year twelve pupils will attend a work placement, one day a week. The work placement will vary depending on the pupil’s career interest. It is pupils responsibility to source a work placement. This area of learning varies depending on the selection choice of the pupil.
Pupils study The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in year eleven. Teaching areas vary depending on the area of the course being covered. Time is spent in local areas such as the Leisure Centre grounds and Gortin Glens Forest Park. Teaching of skills takes place in these areas.
As part of the department’s aims, pupils should become familiar with local resources available to them. Learning will therefore take place in local areas such as Omagh Library. Pupils complete Omagh Library’s Six Book Challenge in year eleven to improve literacy skills in an alternative way.
The department strives to continuously build a bank of resources that allow high standards of teaching and learning to take place. Some resources are as follows:
- 1 computer with internet access
- 1 colour printer
- 1 Interactive whiteboard
- 1 digital camera
- 1 camcorder
- Fold away tables
- Soft chairs
- Videos (teaching use)
- Omagh Library Youth Service Resources
- Creative Stationary
- Painting resources
- Tea cups
- Notice boards
- General stationary
- The Prince’s Trust Xl Qualification
- Omagh Library’s 6 Book Challenge
- The British Safety Council’s Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness
- The Duke of Edinburgh, Bronze Award
- One Day Release to The South West College, Omagh to study and Occupational studies Programme of pupils own choice.
- The Prince’s Trust Xl Programme Award (Level One or Level Two)
- One Day Release to The South West College, Omagh to study and Occupational studies Programme of pupils own choice
- Work Experience Placement (one day a week for the academic year)
There are no written examinations. All assessment takes the form of internally assessed portfolios. These portfolios are internally moderated and externally assessed by relevant awarding bodies.
Careers linked with Occupational Studies Programme
The Occupational Studies Programme equips pupils with the skills needed for employment in many areas. The programme is suited to pupil’s individual career interests as they can choose a variety of options at the South West College, Omagh.