Careers and Enterprise Programme
Careers Lead: Catherine Bentley
Contact Number: 01709 512088
Contact Number: 01709 512088
Careers and Work Related Learning (WRL) are taught through the PSHE Curriculum in Secondary and as part of the bespoke curriculum at Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form. KS4 and Sixth Form have a tailored Careers programme which provides individual and group opportunities for young people to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. Links with the Job centre Plus and Careers advisors strengthen the advice and guidance offered. Tailored sessions are accessed by individuals and small groups to develop work skills and provide work experience off site.
Students follow a pathway tailored to their individual needs and required outcomes. These pathways include a challenging set of objectives to ensure the interests and ambitions of each student are met and fully achievable. In Sixth Form work is completed in collaboration with the young person and their families to identify initial targets and then use a variety of methods to build Social Skills, Independence and Employability Skills.
A dedicated team within School, FE and Vocational Expertise work alongside each learner to ensure that goals (dreams, hopes, aspirations) are identified, planned and reached. Students access local College links each week and this is reviewed and personalised as necessary. An internal tutorial system is used to track and monitor individual goals on a weekly, termly and yearly basis. This allows for each student and staff member to identify areas that are working well and conversely if any areas need extra support.
Enterprise is embedded into all subject areas and the key Enterprise principles are revisited throughout the school year. Emphasis is put on how a venture is planned and implemented as well as the product/service outcome, this allows for a broader range of skills to be experienced and gained. Self-reflection and evaluation is a key part of any learning and Enterprise is no exception.
Careers and Work Opportunities on offer include:-
- Accredited courses including CERTA and ASDAN
- Travel Training
- Arts Award
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Hair and Beauty
- Links with other FE providers
- Links with local employers
Links with Businesses and Employers
There is a dedicated Careers lead within school and a Vocational Learning lead within Sixth Form. The links with employers and vocational providers has been strengthened through the involvement in network groups and by dedicating time to developing links and relationships with external agencies and employers. The ethos of the school encourages people to look within the community to provide specialist support, knowledge and information to pupils and teachers. Teachers constantly look to the community for ways of enriching learning and making it real for the pupils. Enrichment weeks and focus days provide an opportunity for pupils to be immersed within different themes and to learn about the world of work, both through educational visits and people coming into school.
Impact and Successes
In KS3 and Key Stage 4 students are set targets relating to their Individual Learning Plans and these are embedded in the planning for PSHE. The students in Sixth Form have their targets set and reviewed weekly through a Tutorial system and where possible students have ownership of their targets and next steps though their Learning Journals.
Success stories include-
- The setup of a social enterprise within school that creates a sustainable income stream and allows students to experience the whole workings of a business in a risk free environment. The aim is to grow this further and introduce an online shop.
- High Quality crafts to sell at Internal market events
- A charity catwalk show that raised £200 for a new sensory room within the school, this was featured in local press and on Calender TV, which raises the profile of the school and its work.
- A variety of speciality foods to sell/serve at events such as coffee mornings, farmers market, Christmas market and at charity events.
- A Spa day was put on delivering beauty treatments and pamper packages to internal clients
What the school does to review published information
There is robust curriculum review and evaluation each year as well as a gap analysis that is completed in line with the Gatsby benchmarks and compass tool for reviewing provision and action planning.
Curriculum review across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and mapping of Careers activities across Secondary.
There are future plans to open up a ‘job shop’ where students can access online information on potential work experience placements is already underway. Development work with the school enterprise advisor, including work experience opportunities and joint working. Students in Sixth Form and KS4 will have access to a number of high profile Industry experts as part of an Industry Week. This will provide learners with a valuable insight into the labour market and it’s requirements.
Information regarding the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Careers Policy can be found here.