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Careers and Transition

Careers at Lexden Springs

Rationale:

Lexden Springs School is committed to providing its pupils with a varied programme of careers education and guidance activities to enable them to make informed decisions and choices at their key transition points from year 7 upwards, and beyond Post 19. This meets with our statutory duty to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for all our pupils. Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is key to preparing our young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, and enabling them to make a successful transition into adulthood.

Aims:

To help pupils identify, develop and broaden their employability skills throughout their school life; as well as promoting equality, diversity and challenging stereotypes. This also promotes the School’s key values in raising aspirations whilst enabling pupils to acquire those social and vocational skills that underpin them engaging purposefully with the world around them.

Careers Education:

All of our careers education is person centred and delivered through a topic based approach that is embedded throughout the curriculum to support students in working towards and achieving their individual aspirations. By introducing pupils to a variety of career pathways through sensory exploration, practical activities and workplace settings they will be better placed to make individual choices. We personalise their careers education and the students self-evaluate their work experience placements to enable them to make informed choices. More importantly though, it seeks to help pupils understand and be prepared for the ever changing and challenging Work and Career environment that they will face in the future. This builds progressively from year 7 to yr14 and in post 16 is a core part of their individual study programme. The primary aspiration is that all our students will develop the skills and confidence to make the most of their life choices enabling them to follow their best suited chosen pathway or career route. Our guiding documents and resources come from a variety of sources: The National Careers Service, Gatesby Benchmarks, Talentino, When I grow up, Compass, Career Development Institute, ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ & ‘Thinking Ahead’.

Facilitating Delivery:

The school has a Careers and Transition worker with level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice and a Job mentor who facilitates the work experience. We are working towards the Quality in Careers Standard for our Careers Education Information Advice. All parents and young people receive impartial and independent support from the Information Advice and Guidance Advisor with the Children and Young People with Disabilities Service.  All staff are expected to contribute to CEIAG delivery through their roles as teachers and support staff. Careers education sessions are also delivered by Careers staff and external visitors.

We have good links with the community, Colchester Institute and businesses in Colchester. Every year we hold a “Next Step” event which is a Careers and Transition information evening where we invite students and young people as well as their families or carers. The evening is an opportunity for students, parents and careers to network with different agencies and to start planning and thinking about careers and further education and how this journey will take place.  

Work Experience & Off-site Placements:

Lexden Springs School offers a wide variety of personalised work and transition experiences both on and off-site based on the individual needs and interests of the student following consultation with pupils and their families. Our pupil’s experiences of the world of work will form part of pupil’s individual ‘Employability Portfolios’ in post 16, along with the rest of their work related learning.

Between the student, school and the independent IAG we can help to identify options for realistic careers, build CVs, identify skills gaps, advise on where to search for jobs and help with the application, and locate relevant training courses.

Information & Resources:

Careers information is available via the careers advisers or through our internal information sharing. All careers resources, including sensory resources are generated or sourced, maintained and quality assured by the Careers Advisers to ensure that they are current, suitable, relevant and reflect today’s workplace.

Monitoring:

Leadership and management are secured through the Senior Leadership Group, Chair of Governors and the Careers Coordinator along with the Careers & Transition workers.

The Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) programme will be regularly monitored and evaluated by the Careers Coordinator and Careers Advisers. This is carried out via verbal feedback, monitoring pupil’s response sheets and placement evaluation forms. Pupils, parents and carers also receive regular feedback to ensure monitoring is shared by all parties.

Impact Data:

Data is produced yearly and updated to reflect the suitability of placements, ensuring development and delivery of work based skills is at the appropriate level for all our students. We also ask students who have left for feedback on which services and courses they are still accessing.

This information is shared with the Senior Leadership Group, Governors, and the Careers Coordinator along with the Careers and Transition workers to quality assure and review provisions.

Reviewed By:

Katrina Eksen & Emily Cornell

 

 


Reviewed On:

Spring Term 2017, Autumn Term 2017

Next Review:

Spring Term 2019