WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH
Staff throughout the school are involved in Careers Education from work related play, development of social skills and appropriate behaviour in the lower years to the delivery of careers education through PHSE sessions in KS3 and Work Related Exam units, Functional Skills lessons and individually tailored Work Experience placements in Year 9 & KS4.
Careers based lessons have a two-fold purpose: to impart knowledge – of the job market, training, F.E. and so on, and to increase self-knowledge – preferences, interests, personality, likes and dislikes, etc. The skills necessary for adult life are addressed in PHSE – decision-making, assertiveness training, confidence-building, negotiation, transition etc.
All work related skills developed link in with the Gosden House Toolbox with the aim to develop the key skills we believe that our learners need to develop to support them in their future pathways.
Each year a ‘Gosden Graduate’ is interviewed to work as an example of possible post 16 pathways. This has proven to be an invaluable way to show our parents and students possible college and career routes and the high expectation we have for all of our learners. Gosden Graduates come into school to speak about their post 16 learning routes.
In Year 9 Pupils will be supported by the school’s Aspirations Advisor to start their individual Vocational Profile which will become a developing document recording and supporting their potential vocational path. Students will also prepare for their Annual Reviews by producing a ‘My Future Pathway Plan’ (Gosden’s version of the One Page Profile) which will support them in thinking about their own preparation steps for adulthood and how those working with them can help them to achieve their goals.
At the end of Year 9 Students work with staff to produce a ‘Personal Learning Plan’ outlining their personalised learning menu for KS4 and initial ideas and possible options for transition at the end of KS4 this is an essential planning tool and an opportunity for students develop the skills and confidence to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures for themselves in consultation with others.
Students during their Annual Reviews will help develop a Pathways Plan looking to the future of each individual. In addition to this, at the end of Year 9 Students work with staff to produce a ‘Personal Learning Plan’ outlining their personalised learning menu for KS4 and initial ideas and possible options for transition at the end of KS4 this is an essential planning tool and an opportunity for students develop the skills and confidence to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures for themselves in consultation with others.
Introducing our Aspirations Advisor
In KS4 pupils will continue to work on their own ‘Vocational Profiles’ These booklets will support meeting and conversations with parents and post 16 provider. The Aspirations advisor will be available to meet with parents and pupils to discuss and support next steps and the Vocational Profile will provide a basis for these conversations
The exams curriculum in place offers our students with a variety of vocational experience to support them in developing their skills and support their post 16 choices.
Alongside the ‘Vocation Profile’ all KS4 students have in place their own ‘Personal Learning Plan’ this document follows the through KS4 outlining their interest, future options and exam options they chosen. This working document becomes a key document when students apply for college courses and supports further their individual transition routes. These learning plans are shared with parents during Annual Reviews and Parents Consultation Evenings..
Careers lessons throughout KS4 aimed are aimed at developing further students understanding of the world of work and their potential place within it . Students have the KS4 options to participate in a College Link Course at Farnborough College which takes place every Friday. This programme enables students to experience busy College life and gain practical skills in a variety of vocational areas.
Careers Units - WJEC Preparation for Work
All students undertake work experience to widen their skills and knowledge of the world of work. The WEX programme takes place during the Spring Term consisting of three days per week over three weeks totalling nine working days. WEX gives students the opportunity to practise the skills and knowledge acquired in the CEG course. During their placements students can become aware of their individual abilities, skills qualities, needs and values and explore how these might relate to different occupations. It also creates the opportunity for students to develop a positive self- image and feel positive about their own employment prospects. They test these skills and are assessed by the academic staff and employers. The pupils complete self assessments in the form of a Work Experience Log. All work produced is accredited through WJEC.
There is also the flexibility for individual students to continue their Work placements during the Summer term.
Careers Units - WJEC Preparing for Work Experience