At Wyvern we consider Careers Education to mean preparing our young people for adulthood, and for the meaningful activity they will be undertaking when they leave school. For some of our young people this will mean employment, undertaking supported internships or traineeships, continuing in further education at college or accessing the range of local day provisions in the community.
We take a child/person-centred approach to our Careers programme, to give our young people the opportunity to experience options according to their interests, and encourage them to express their preferences for what they would like to do when they leave school.
The eight Gatsby Benchmarks to support the development of good careers guidance are:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
We follow the principles of the Gatsby Benchmarks to support the success of our careers provision. Our objectives for the careers provision are:
- - Support our students to gain a good understanding of the world of work
- - Facilitate meaningful encounters with employers for all students, in a manner appropriate for them
- - Support students to develop skills for adult life, including for transition settings and the workplace
- - Support positive transitions at KS4 and KS5 to onwards destinations
- - Encourage participation in continued learning, apprenticeships, internships, and support access to day provision in consultation with parents and the wider teams working with our students
- - Support our students to develop independence across all areas of their lives
- - Supporting our students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition to their post-19 setting
- - Support inclusion and challenge stereotypes, promoting equality of opportunity for our students
We follow a pathway approach to our curriculum. As such, we differentiate the careers provision across the pathways, to ensure that it is appropriate to meet our learners where they are, and supports them to take their next steps.
For further information, please see the attached policy.
Over their time at Wyvern, we offer our students the opportunity to engage with:
- - Encounters with employers both in and out of school
- - Work experience, tailored to our young people’s interests
- - Opportunities to develop independence across all areas, and apply these skills to community settings
- - One-off sessions with STEM ambassadors, Kent Fire and Rescue and other organisations to encourage exploration of different jobs
- - Careers talks with colleges, employers and day service providers
- - Sessions with the Department of Work and Pensions to support our young people in getting ready for work
- - Careers interviews, for those it is appropriate for, at year 10 and year 13
- - The opportunity to work with arts organisations such as Confidance and the Primary Shakespeare Company
Family Support Group
The Careers Lead and Transition Coordinator run a Family Support Group session to facilitate discussion with parents about supporting their child to make decisions about their next steps.
If you missed this session, the slides are attached here.
If you would like to contact the Careers Lead to discuss work opportunities you can offer our young people, or if you would like to know more about the careers provision, then please contact Jess Hyder firstname.lastname@example.org 01233 621468
If you would like to discuss transition or would like more information about post-19 options, then please contact our Transition Coordinator Vicki Hawkins email@example.com 01233 621468