ENRICHMENT IN EDUCATION
In simple terms enrichment makes something more meaningful, substantial, or rewarding. Enrichment improves something.
In education Enrichment is the many things that students have the option to and choose to do beyond their academic pursuits and the normal requirements of their life outside of the class room. It can also be as basic as the climate and environment that a student experiences – for example completing work experience, or participating in a school visit abroad.
What is considered an enrichment activity?
It is not:
- An activity that may be considered a mandatory element of a centre’s PSHE or pastoral care programme
- An activity that may be considered a mandatory element of a course of academic study e.g. field trips, coursework, attendance at supplementary lectures etc.
- An activity that leads, in part or whole, to a recognised academic qualification
- An activity that may be considered part of preparation for application to post GCSE or post A-Level education
- Enrichment activities - sports clubs
- Subject clubs
- Sponsored walks
- Work experience
- Guest talkers and lecturers
- Topic based Assemblies
- Film nights
- Non-curricular trips – e.g. House of Commons
- Choirs and orchestras
- Careers advice
- D of E
- Charity/community work
- Links with the community – mentors and speakers
- School environment – décor etc.
Why is Enrichment Important?
- Helps prepare a rounded child for the real world
- Develops the individual and can focus their work effort
- Shows commitment and belief in the student from the school
- Assist with the preparation of University Personal statements
- Build a CV and helps at Job and work experience interviews
- Helps children get the most out of life!