The Education Authority Work Experience Arrangements aim to allow post
primary schools to work in partnership with organisations and employers to
ensure that pupils’ participation in work experience programmes is well managed, organised and safe. The arrangements are based on evolved good practice.
The board of governors in controlled, maintained and Irish medium schools offering work experience programmes should adopt these arrangements and agree a school policy that meets the individual needs of all pupils in their care.
It is the responsibility of the school to organise, manage, and administer work experience placements and be satisfied that they adhere to these arrangements including the completion and retention of the appropriate forms. Controlled, maintained and Irish medium schools will be required to make information available to the Education Authority on request in the event that a claim or legal proceedings arise.
EA Work Experience Arrangement Forms
The EA work experience forms have been extracted from the EA Work Experience Arrangements document for use by schools as part of their administrative duties in organising work experience placements. Schools may wish to add to the content of the forms for their own use; for example, extra information relating to administrative duties such as school staff contact details or notification of return dates for forms could be included within a school form.
The current content of any of these forms should not be altered or removed without agreeing the proposed amendments with an appropriate EA officer,as this may affect the conditions of the indemnity for a particular placement. Schools may also wish to brand some of the forms with their school style and logo. In most cases this is appropriate, and may help parents and employers to track and locate each school’s forms more easily. Please note that, due to legal and regulatory requirements, logos should not be inserted onto the Indemnity or Access NI vetting forms.
For specific work experience advice relating to general procedural issues, legal/indemnity issues, curricular issues, Access NI issues, please contact the appropriate person listed in the table below.