Teachers team up with McDonald’s to give pupils careers insight

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McDonald's Education offers curriculum-linked videos, case studies and challenges that bring business, food technology and the world of work to life for ages 14+.



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McDonald’s has launched a new set of challenges, created by teachers, to help students aged 14 to 19 gain valuable insight into the world of work. Learners will discover how McDonald's approaches work-related problems through videos and case studies and then use their own initiative to solve real-life challenges. These areas range from coming up with a business idea that benefits the local community to developing a new food product or recruiting staff to help grow a small business.

The McDonald’s Education website provides a complete set of downloadable and interactive teaching tools to help simulate a real-life workplace setting, including videos, case studies, a student activity pack, teacher notes and vox pop interviews. The challenges have been developed and reviewed by teachers to provide a variety of experiential learning opportunities, ranging from research to teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving.

“I really like the different learning opportunities for students,” said Julie Delahaye, assistant principal and Business Studies teacher at Cockshut Hill Technology College, Birmingham. “[It helps with] creating case studies, answering questions, presentations, decision making, group or independent work and opportunities for research.”

A survey conducted by EdComs Research showed that 68% of secondary school teachers are keen to engage with McDonald’s. Teachers felt that one the world’s most recognisable brands could provide a real-world context to their teaching, helping students to better relate to what they are learning. Moreover, 70% of teachers said they value the enriched learning experiences that educational programmes from businesses give to their classroom practice.

The McDonald’s Education website has therefore been created to provide real-life work examples, giving students valuable insight into the world of business, food technology and careers. The resources offered in this pack link directly to key curriculum topics across Business Studies, Food Technology and Careers and Employability.

Rebecca Dickson of Langley Secondary School, Solihull said: “It really helps to be able to teach in a context that the children are familiar with – it gives them a practical way to learn the theory that they have to take on.”

Visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/teachers or contact [email protected] for more information.

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