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Careers Education and World of Work

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Linden Bridge Careers Policy Statement including Provider Access Policy

‘A career is an individual’s metaphorical journey through learning, work and other aspects of life’

Introduction

Linden Bridge provides a relevant and engaging careers curriculum which meets the differing needs and requirements of our pupils. This is developed from the EYFS curriculum all the way through to work experience opportunities in The Phoenix Centre. 

Aims and purpose

 

 

 

 

 

  • Provide career related learning opportunities to pupils throughout their school journey. 
  • Prepare pupils for the transition to life after Linden Bridge.
  • Support pupils in making informed decisions which are appropriate for them
  • Enable pupils to become responsible and resilient citizens.
  • Develop personal characteristics such as social skills, communication, independence and resilience
  • Inspire and motivate pupils to develop themselves as individuals and live as independently as is possible
  • Encourage pupils to know and develop their aspirations

Statutory requirements and recommendations  

  • The careers provision at Linden Bridge is in line with the DFE 2017 Careers Strategy and takes influence from the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.
  • This policy sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer – see page 4 and summary tables on 2 & 3

 

Management of provider access requests:

  • A provider wishing to request access should contact Marie O’Rourke, Deputy Head teacher
    • Telephone: 01752 336881
    • Email: orourkem@linden-bridge.surrey.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

At Linden Bridge we address these benchmarks in the following ways (hi-lighted parts are still in development stage):-

 

Benchmark

Notes

Formal Stage

Phoenix Stage

A Stable Careers Programme

 

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

  • 3 year rolling program that includes PSHE curriculum, life skills, careers curriculum and social thinking.

 

  • Classes do a 6 week Careers focus in Summer 1. 
  • All new pupils complete the Thinking about the Future Booklet – supported by adding Transition / EHCP Targets onto Show Progress
  • 3 year rolling program of Laser Units that focus on careers, preparing for next steps and the world of work.

Learning From Career & Labour Market Information

 

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

 

 

Careers Lead – Sophie Drewitt

  • To plan and support staff to deliver the careers based curriculum to all formal learners – inspired and supported by Talentino who specialise in SEND careers advice and education
  • To provide indivualised support to Phoenix Stage pupils – with the support of a Level 6 Careers Advisor

 

Pupil outcome and Transition lead – Gareth Phillips

  • To support pupils and parents with transitions in and out of Linden Bridge.  Creating transition and job specification paperwork to support students and employees for work and / or college
  • We provide information as part of the yearly Annual Review, extra meetings with parents, signposting through Face Book and Twitter and information events e.g. parents evening and transition evening

Addressing The Needs Of Each Pupil

 

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

 

  • We offer an individualised approach to careers guidance at every stage in the curriculum.
  • Careers Lead to provide indivualised support to Phoenix Stage pupils – with the support of a Level 6 Careers Advisor
  • Transition is an important part of the Annual Review for each pupil in Year 9 and above – these reviews will be facilitated by Gareth Phillips the Pupil Outcome and Transition Lead
  • We organise both in school and out of school work experience placements. 
  • Careers experiences and lessons progress from EYFS throughout the school. 
  • Our PSHE and careers curriculum incorporates the importance of equal opportunities and British values throughout. 
  • Diverse range of work experience placements and community visits.

Linking Curriculum Learning To Careers

 

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of stem subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

  • Formal topic planning includes links with careers and work place visits
  • Carousel of work based subjects including workshop, catering, enterprise and computer science / office skills

 

 

  • Vocational areas
  • Real life learning in English and Maths – functional skills
  • Work placements
  • Community trips
  • Travel training
  • School bank and shop

 

 

Encounters With Employers And Employees

 

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

  • Enterprise in carousel
  • Welcome to world of work day run every year
  • Visits to work places as part of the formal curriculum topic planning (see benchmark 4)

Work experience and Employability Lead – Sharon Crawley

  • Internal / External work experience
  • Employability
  • Good links with Surrey Choices
  • Building Bridges Enterprise Shop

 

 

 
  • Pupils will have completed work placement paperwork to register interests in future careers
  • Pupils to have engaged with local work placements

Experiences Of Workplaces

Every pupil should have first-­hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

  • Pupils should have visited local work placements and areas of interest for future careers - Formal topic planning includes links with careers and work place visits

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • We focus on EHCP areas to enable our formal pupils to be ready for work experience and employability-These are outlined in our Broad and Balanced Curriculum Policy and the long term outcomes in the formal in CI and CL and S,E,MH and PS

 

Encounters With Further and Higher Education

 

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, universities and in the workplace.

  • Internal / External work experience
  • Employability
  • Good links with Surrey Choices
  • Taster Days at local colleges for next steps

Personal Guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but timed to meet their individual needs

  • Sophie Drewitt completing Careers’ Leader Training and meet individually with Phoenix students in their first year to provide guidance
  • Investigating if we can have access to a Level 6 Careers Advisor through special school network

 

 

 

At Linden Bridge, pupils have access to the following:

 

EYFS – Experience of visiting different vocational settings/role play opportunities/visiting speakers

Semi-Formal - Experience of visiting different vocational settings/role play opportunities/visiting speakers/curriculum focused community outings

 

 

Opportunity for providers to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

Formal Stage (Year 5 onwards)

  • Focused careers / provider outings as part of the formal curriculum
  • A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers
  • Transition Parents Evening in Spring Term where all providers will be invited
  • Providers invited to World of Work Day

Phoenix Stage (Pupils could enter at Year 10, 11 or 12 depending on need)

  • Access to local colleges for taster days
  • Personalised work placements and Employability Programme
  • A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers
  • Transition Parents Evening in Spring Term where all providers will be invited

 

 

 

 

 

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