Our Year 9 students, who are now choosing their Key Stage 4 options, had a whole world of opportunities revealed to them when Tim Penn, business man and motivational speaker who was previously a jockey and a teacher, visited Haygrove School last week. Tim has a passion for helping young people understand how valuable learning a modern foreign language can be to success in further and higher education and a future career. Click here to read more: https://www.cerrigcamu.uk/index.php/en/
He told the students that 89% of employers say that multilingual employees add value to their organisation as, increasingly, companies work across international borders either directly or through e-commerce. Language skills are seen as a real advantage and many employers see candidates with a foreign language qualification as having better mental flexibility and enhanced listening and problem-solving skills. Ultimately studying a foreign language boosts brain power, increases networking skills and provide better career opportunities and earning potential.
Tim was keen to point out that we are preparing our young people for jobs that do not yet exist and in a global economy a language will always be an advantage. Tim also spoke about this point with our GCSE DT students and GCSE Business students, where he emphasised that these three subjects combined are part of his day-to-day work at Signature Leather https://www.signature-leather.com/index.php/en/ . At Haygrove we are passionate about cross curricular education, and believe that every subject benefits another. This is something Tim is very passionate about also, which was clear in his presentations and talks with the Yr 9 and Yr 10 students.
'Your pupils were a huge credit to the school. Their engagement and behaviour was impeccable throughout the hour-long session. Please do thank them from me for their courtesy and for fully engaging with the topics and themes presented to them. I cannot emphasise enough how impressive the Haygrove Team was in putting together a terrific cross-curricular day bringing in three different subjects." Tim Penn