Work experience linked to better exam results, teachers claim

Students uncertain about their future and those categorised as “borderline achievers” are the most likely to benefit from employer engagement in schools, research suggests.

A joint study from the charity Education and Employers and the LifeSkills programme has found that the vast majority of teachers believe that work experience and engagement with employers have a direct positive impact on exam results.

Despite this, however, only one in five pupils in a typical year group benefit from employer-led interactions at schools.

Employer-led interactions include work experience, employer-led activities in school and careers guidance and the poll of 824 teachers found that 93 per cent believe these kind of activities to positively affect exam outcomes. The respondents included classroom teachers, middle leaders and heads of department.

It follows previous research from Education and Employers in 2017 which found that students are 86 per cent less likely to become NEET if they experience four or more contacts with employers before leaving education.

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