At Old Park School we take our responsibility to prepare our students for the next stage of their adult life seriously, and as such, have a team of staff to support this. This includes a member of the Senior Management Team and a teacher from the 14-19 phase, the family support worker and a group of teaching assistants who act as advocates. In addition to this, we work closely with the transition social care team, initially through annual reviews of EHCP to ensure our students' needs are fully understood and appropriate provision can be planned.
Continuing in education may not be a realistic option for some of our students. If college is a possible next step, it is likely to be successful if the right support is secured and everyone involved has a clear understanding of the student’s needs. It may also be a part of a package of support, surrounding the student which may include social care or health input and provision.
During the last year at Old Park, the school team organise and facilitate transition meetings with all agencies involved with our students. Central to this process are our students and families. The wider group may include; Connexions; social care; health professionals; F.E. professionals; private providers; voluntary sector; and therapists.
We support our families to investigate available opportunities and decide preferences. Throughout all of this, the students are involved in as meaningful a way as possible, attending meetings if appropriate and visiting options for future placements. Once a decision has been reached we support our students and future placements with transition. This can be over the course of the year, or as long or short as is deemed appropriate. It will also take various formats as transition is planned and delivered on an individual basis.
At Old Park School the named careers lead is Mrs Croft. She is supported by our Connexions Advisor Mr John Griffin. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Park School Careers Overview
Statutory requirements and recommendations
The careers provision at Old Park School is in line with the statutory guidance developed by the Department for Education, which refers to Section 42A and 45A of the Education Act 1997.
This states that all schools should provide independent careers guidance from Years 8 -13 and that this guidance should:
include information on a range of pathways, including apprenticeships
be adapted to the needs of the pupil
In addition, the school is compliant with the careers guidance that the government set out for delivery from 5 January 2018: ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration for young people in schools.’ This states that all schools must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to students about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships.
Careers Curriculum Useful Documents and Websites
Work Related Learning Opportunities at Old Park School
Students in Key Stage 5 have begun accessing work related learning sessions at Tintern House. We will be working with the Emily Jordan Foundation to offer real world work experience based around a variety of domains including bike mechanics, horticulture, recycling and production.