At Churchward School we are committed to providing all our students with a comprehensive programme of ‘careers education, information, advice and guidance’ (CEIAG) and work related learning. Churchward School sits within the wider Brunel Academies Trust (Brunel) and, for the purpose of Careers Education, will work collaboratively, where appropriate, with partner provisions such as Horizons College and Uplands School; both of which are also SEN providers.
As a school for students with special educational needs, we take a personalised approach to CEIAG to ensure it is relevant and meaningful to each individual student; including taking a holistic view of careers, as per the definition used by Talentino in a research article ‘Careers at every level’ (2018);
“Any activity which furthers knowledge, understanding, skill or experience, with the purpose of leading to a life-enhancing outcome, including improving the possibility and probability of working in a range of settings”.
This is in line with our vision of ‘Recognising strengths, gaining skills, achieving success’; supporting students to gain the skills they need to shape their future and achieve meaningful success.
In line with the SEND Code of Practice (2015), we support students through the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) annual review process to consider their aspirations throughout their school career. Students are supported to make progress in the four areas of ‘Preparing for Adulthood’:
• Moving into paid employment and further/higher education
• Independent living
• Having friends and relationships and being part of the community
• Being as healthy as possible
Through a collaborative approach to target setting; involving the student, their family and school and external professionals, relevant, challenging and ambitious targets and outcomes are set. Students are supported to follow the appropriate pathways and make the progress they need to, to achieve their career goals; enabling them to feel valued by, and contribute to, their community and achieve a fulfilling life. Parents/carers are key to this process; research shows that parents can be the most influential party on careers choices at secondary age. As a school, we monitor and evaluate every student’s progress towards both their EHCP targets and outcomes and work related learning targets through the ‘Review of Assessment and Progress’ (RAP) meeting process and an assessment app, ‘Evidence for Learning’.
At Churchward School our careers programme starts in year 7 when, through PSHCE, students start to develop an understanding of living in the wider world and the part they play in that. This evolves as they progress through the school whilst looking at specific careers, types of working, application processes and employment rights and responsibilities. This is designed to support all students regardless of their level of need or understanding to make appropriate choices that will enhance their future. At Churchward School, careers teaching and learning is embedded throughout the curriculum.
We ensure that there is an opportunity for all students in years 9 to 14 to have access a range of education and training providers to inform them about approved academic and technical education, qualifications or apprenticeships. Through the annual review of the EHCP process these areas are carefully considered as part of the ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ transition process from year 9 onwards.
All students in years 9 to 14 at Churchward School are entitled to:
• Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of our careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
• Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships.
• Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
• Have the opportunity to access appropriate work experience placements dependent on the needs, interests and aspirations of the individual.
Throughout their time at Churchward School we support students to:
• Develop an invaluable set of life and employability skills essential for a successful career.
• Develop an awareness of their individual strengths, areas for development, skills and aptitudes and how these link to possible careers, future education and training.
• Ensure that they are well briefed on careers and work related learning so they can make informed choices about their future lives.
• Take responsibility for their own behaviour, communication, attendance, punctuality and attitude to learning in order to support them.
Students will have access to online career questionnaires and interactive work that can give them further guidance and support. Resources that our students will benefit from are;
• Compass Careers Benchmark Tool
• The Careers and Enterprise Company
• e Clips , complete careers information solutions
• Out of the Box careers programme
• Swindon and Wiltshire, Local Enterprise Partnership
• Careers Test.co.uk
As part of the Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub Churchward school receives continual updates and support in order to provide the most up to date and effective Careers support.