At the end of Year 8 all pupils are released from school to take
part in a 'Work Sampling Day'. The aim of the exercise is to give
them an initial insight into the world of work and to allow them
the opportunity to discover more about the realities of earning a
Pupils normally accompany a parent, relative or family friend to
work and they take with them a booklet to fill in during the day.
This encourages them to find out about various aspects of the
workplace, including pay, promotion, working conditions and
practices. Prior to the Work Sampling Day pupils are given a
comprehensive briefing and are taught about work-related issues
such as Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Personal
The whole day is a rewarding experience and pupils develop not
only greater confidence and improved interpersonal skills, but a
more tangible idea of what the world of work has to offer.