Pupils put Cutlers Curriculum to test

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A GROUP of 48 young people from four Sheffield schools are pioneering a new programme which could shape the future of education in the city.

The pupils from Yewlands, Stocksbridge, Bradfield and Firth Park Schools have been specially chosen to take part in the inaugural Made in Sheffield Skills and Ambassadors Programme – or Cutlers’ Curriculum, for short.

The project is the brainchild of the Cutlers’ Company, which has been working with a number of other local organisations, including - local authorities, training providers and manufacturing companies.

The result is a programme that aims to give pupils skills needed for the world of work – above and beyond their academic qualifications.

The 48 ambasadors will be mentored by Freemen of the company and, on successfully completing the programme will get a Passport to Employment, outlining the skills and experience they have gained, as well as a guaranteed job interview.

Past Master Cutler Pam Liversidge, who launched the programme during her year in office, said: “The Cutlers’ Company has a long history of encouraging its Freemen to teach their apprentices to read and write. That was back in the 17th century.

“Today the state ensures young people have these basic skills but their education does not extend to the skills manufacturing industries need.

“It is that gap the Cutlers’ Company Curriculum is seeking to address.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “Sheffield City Council’s big ambition is that every child, young person and adult achieves their full potential.

“We cannot do this on our own. We need the help of our partners – our schools, businesses and other organisations. This wonderful Made in Sheffield Cutlers’ Curriculum will help us achieve that big ambition.”

Three schools – Yewlands, Stocksbridge and Bradfield – are taking part in the Cutlers’ Curriculum initiative, while Firth Park School is using the Cutlers’ Curriculum framework as part of their training programme with The Sheffield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.