We work with pupils from Year 9 to guide them in choosing their course for further education and to discuss their aspirations for the future. Parents are involved in discussions as part of their child’s Annual Review. Many pupils undertake a one week work experience placement in KS4.
All Key Stage 4 pupils take part in our bespoke work-related learning programme called Pathways. Learning focuses on occupations, employability and enterprise. There are three strands to the course: Developing Yourself, World of Work and Employability Skills. These are delivered through a series of workshops both in-house and in the local community and cover a range of occupations. Pupils are offered choices of workshops to suit their ability and their interest. We aim to support pupils in developing an awareness of self and discovering the purpose and value of working. The purpose of Pathways is to give our young people exposure to the world around them so that they are better able to make well-informed, realistic choices about their future and lead productive, fulfilled lives as adults. Students who are able to work independently also take part in a two-week work experience in their own local community Monday through Friday during working hours. This is set up in cooperation with parents and carers through a local work experience partnership service. This opportunity allows the students to have a real-life employment experience.
In Key Stage 5, employability and enterprise skills are woven into the daily curriculum. Students have various job responsibilities around the school and college sites and take part in weekly work-related learning in the local community. They have been able to practice their job skills in such placements as shops, grocery stores, cafés and day centres. The Post 16 curriculum offers pupils the opportunity to develop a variety of skills which will help them as adults and will give them a head start in finding meaningful work, whether this is in a supported work placement, volunteering, or in paid employment.