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Careers education at Hope House School encompasses the concept that a person’s career is actually their life’s pathway, something that is extremely important for SEND learners who may or may not be able to enter the world of work so will benefit from support and guidance to build the skills needed to prepare them for adulthood and their place within the community – be it work or accessing day or other services and a life based around them.
Hope House School has a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy which has been developed in accordance with the following:
- The aims and ethos of the school
- Recent initiatives in careers education taken from the Department for Education’s (DfE) Career Strategy and their statutory guidelines
- Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework
- The Career Development Institute’s (CDI) framework for careers, employability and enterprise education.
The planned programme of learning is aimed at helping pupils understand themselves (self-awareness – who am I?), their interests, strengths and weaknesses in terms of skills and abilities and how to improve them and building resilience. Pupils are supported to build a foundation for their lifelong learning and career prospects. Planned lessons and activities (that often use the context of work), will develop knowledge, skills and understanding and will include opportunities to raise aspirations through the experience of work and by providing knowledge and exposure (through WEX when considered suitable and appropriate) to employers, employees and workplaces.
Students will learn about different careers and opportunities for training, apprenticeships and volunteering and investigate Further Education options and alternative provision by exposure to LMI (Labour Market Information).
The DfE Career’s Strategy and their statutory guidelines state that every school “should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision” when addressing the needs of all learners. These, as listed below, form the basis for the Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Programme at Hope House School. Due to Covid-19 Benchmarks 5/6/7 are currently not possible to achieve unless done virtually.
- Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme
- Benchmark 2: Learning from career and Labour Market Information (LMI)
- Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Benchmark 4: Linking programmes of learning (curriculum) to careers
- Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees
- Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces
- Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education
- Benchmark 8: Personal guidance
Our CEIAG programme of learning comprises of the following key components:
1. Specific careers lessons and education within our general learning programme and the PSHE curriculum.
2. Planning and recording of achievement and work-related activities.
3. Each pupil will have a Vocational Profile booklet (My Future Workbook) which stays with them through school. This will record, among other things, the activities they have participated in relating to careers. It will also be used as a tool to gauge what information, guidance and support should be provided during personalised 1-2-1 advice and guidance sessions.
4. Work Experience (on/off site). Offsite may include Travel Training.
5. Access to 1-2-1 guidance and impartial support.
6. Access to careers information, including LMI and all routes and pathways to ensue as smooth a transition as possible.
Other focussed events due to be planned will include enterprise activities, whole school “World of Work Week” and career linked visits which may include attending transition and employment fairs and visits to colleges and businesses.
CEIAG will be embedded into all aspects of the general learning programme and also take place within the delivery of specific subjects such as Careers & Experiencing Work and PSHE.
Careers education aims to meet the needs of all pupils and is differentiated in terms of outcomes, resources and learning styles to ensure that it is appropriate to pupils’ stages of career learning and development. It will also link to the PfA (Preparing for Adulthood) outcomes.
At Hope House School Careers is taught through weekly lessons. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term and medium-term plans are adapted from the CDI Scheme of Work and the Careers and Enterprise Company. These plans map out the themes covered each term for each key stage/area of the school. They define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term.
At Hope House School assessment is an integral part of the teaching process. Assessment is used to inform planning and to facilitate differentiation. The assessment of children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Feedback is given to the children as soon as possible. Teachers monitor progress and adjust their teaching accordingly to ensure pupil’s learning is appropriately individualised and differentiated to ensure a successful progression of their learning.
In upper school and Post-16 pupils work towards the ASDAN Careers & Experiencing Work Short Course which provides an accredited qualification that involves learning and developing transferable life and social skills that support careers, employability and enterprise, linked to the school’s careers programme
Hope House School has links with local organisations who support our students in their work experience placements (pre- Covid). We continue to expand these links and develop relationships with local businesses and organisations (some on the Disability Confident Scheme) in order for them to work with us on a variety of career-based programmes.
Parents and Carers
Parents and carers play an integral part in their child’s understanding of career choices and are kept informed of, and encouraged to be involved with, any career open days and transition events where careers is a focus. In addition discussions will be had during annual EHCP reviews, about their child’s “My Future Workbook” and any career/transition preferences they have highlighted.
Statement of Intent for CEIAG
Every year pupils leave HHS to continue their lives. The majority of our pupils go on to work and/or further study and all of them that do this have the capacity to contribute to the community which enables them to feel valued which increases their confidence and desire to move positively through their lives.
Some of our learners will go straight to work and others will follow vocational courses in a workplace, college or university. They will draw on the education and experiences that they gained at HHS throughout the rest of their lives. Our CEIAG and Work Experience Policies and Programmes explain how we prepare our pupils for the challenging and complex lives that they will lead. The programmes focus on the elements of education that help to prepare them for their next steps and provide them with the skills, attitudes and interests that will allow them to progress throughout life.
Do you work in a business that could help provide work experience or opportunities for our students?
We are always looking for local businesses that are wanting to inspire and educate our students about the world of work and expand and develop our ‘futures’ programme of learning. If you think you could help to provide invaluable work experience or opportunities that give students the chance to develop core skills and motivation then please contact:
Julie Hilton – Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Matthysz Careers Leader – email@example.com
• Amazing Apprenticeships
Career & Labour Market Information (LMI)
What is LMI?
LMI effectively describes the world of work – ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed?
Why is LMI Important to Young People?
‘It is vital, in an environment where new industries are emerging and many of the most important jobs of the future don’t yet exist, that individuals have accessto high-quality labour market information and earnings data to underpin their choices’. Anne Milton MP
The following are all part of LMI:
Career pathways & progression routes
Applications & interviews
Educational institutions, course, qualifications, entry requirements & costs
Skills & Occupations
Employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends
Job programmes, training, apprenticeships, Supported Internships and traineeships etc.
Job demands and working life
Being able to understand career pathways and future possibilities is vital for all students, especially those with special educational needs. Providing access to relevant careers information can help to determine work preferences, skills, options and choices to build a culture of high expectation and connect to a successful future.
Useful tips for students:
Study job vacancies, look for common “transferable” skills. Do you have these skills? If not, how can you gain them?
Find out about the companies opening in your area.
LMI can be gathered in many ways. Talk to your parents, grandparents or carers about their working experiences. Speak to the school CEIAG Leader.
Watch the news and read local newspapers.
Talk to your parents, grandparents or carers about their working experiences. Speak to your school teachers.
We always encourage parents to be involved in future career decisions all of our pupils. Below is a selection of websites we regularly refer to with further information, advice and guidance.
Preparing for Adulthood – Giving Everyone Equal Life Chances
Gov.uk – The UK Governments Support Portal for Benefits, Employment, and Advice
Gov.uk Employment Support and Permitted Work – Forms to complete to check support entitlement
Disability Rights UK – A charity that specialises in giving support and advice to people with disabilities
Citizens Advice Bureau Benefits Info – Check your rights and get support on various benefits available
Monster Jobs: https://www.monster.co.uk/
Universal Job Match: https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch
National Careers Service: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
National Citizenship Service: https://wearencs.com/
Colleges, FE, Supported Internships, Apprenticeships and Traineeships:
Search for a college: https://www.opendays.com/search/
Find an Apprenticeship: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Amazing Apprenticeships: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/