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 Leadership Team, the Family Support Lead 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 students' final years at Old Park, the school team organise and facilitate transition meetings with all agencies involved with our students and families. The wider group may include; social care; health professionals; F.E. professionals; private providers; voluntary sector; and therapists.
All students will receive independent careers advice and guidance with the support of Dudley Connexions Service.
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.
As students at Old Park follow a curriculum based on pathways according to their individual skills and needs, 'successful outcomes' vary accordingly. Below are our 'Vision Statements': a statement for each of the five learner pathways identifying the most current aspirational destinations and outcomes for each group of students.
Old Park School Careers Overview
Our Careers Programme is currently being updated. Please visit again soon. December 2022
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:
- be impartial
- 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.
Working in Partnership
Name: Vicky O'Connor
Job title: Senior Enterprise Coordinator
'How I help Old Park teachers'
My role as an Enterprise Adviser includes using my skills, business experience and networks to help Old Park develop a strong inclusive careers programme that supports all students and their needs.
'How I help Old Park students'
I support the school to develop an inclusive careers programme which support the preparing for adulthood core themes and helps pupils make their best next step after leaving Old Park as well as supporting their transition into adulthood.
'How I help Old Park families'
I ensure the school have the most up to date information regarding next steps so this can be passed on to families.
You can contact me by visiting https://www.blackcountrylep.co.uk/our-strategy/people/schools-and-education/
Employers and Families - Old Park Needs You!
We are always looking to expand the range of work experience opportunities we can offer here at Old Park.
If you feel that your workplace may have roles / tasks suited to our young people, either short or longer term, please contact the careers leader Mrs Amy Croft (email@example.com) for an initial informal discussion.
In the past we have taken part in individual single-student placements, paired placements alongside our current group experiences: our cohort changes each year and we aim to tailor placements accordingly. All work experience is supported by a suitably qualified and familiar member of staff.
If you have the drive to support us, we would love to hear from you!
Careers Curriculum Useful Documents and Websites
Work Related Learning Opportunities at Old Park School
Work Experience in the Community
2021 - 2022
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.
Summer Term 2022
Pop up shop at Provision house
This term three of our Year 14 leavers were able to run a stall at a local second hand shop based in Provision House in Dudley. Students manufactured and organised goods to sell: produced our own candles and scented soaps; priced up and sorted donated items; interacted with members of the public, and counted out money and change to calculate our profits.
Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) - The Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Independent Living Skills
A crucial part of the 14-19 Phase curriculum includes equipping students with skills such as cooking, cleaning, and taking part in personal hygiene routines.
These areas form part of our long term planning in the 14-19 Phase, with students regularly revisiting and continuing to develop their skills.
During this Phase, students also develop their skills in independent travel in the local community, in line with their own support needs. In Key Stage 4 students will take part in sequences of learning developing their understanding of road safety and using different road crossings. This will help to prepare them to engage in more formal travel training such as using public transport where appropriate in Key Stage 5 to make journeys within the local area, supported by school staff.
During these journeys, several skills are developed at once, as students will use public transport to access local facilities such as shops, cafe's and other recreational areas.
Transition visits are an essential component of ensuring pupil voice is central to future planning for the students. Students in Key Stage 5 are supported to visit potential suitable education and/ or social care settings in order for their opinions to be recorded regarding each placement. Following visits, students have the opportunity to share their wishes and feelings about each potential destination, and familiar staff will also share their thoughts about the suitability of each site. These responses are then shared with families both informally and in more structured feedback sessions such as during EHC reviews and parents evenings.
All students in 14-19 have the opportunity to engage in Enterprise activities as part of our curriculum cycle. We hold regular events and sales in which students help to plan items to be made, prepare these items and then help to sell them to our visitors.
Work Related Learning
Alongside our more formal work experience placements for Key Stage 5 students, all students in the 14-19 phase engage in work related learning during which they may learn about the work of work through a variety of experiences according to their learning styles and pathway.
This may include activities such as:
-sensory immersion experiences to simulate different workplace environments
-workplace role play to simulate doing different job roles in the community
-onsite work experience such as maintaining the Forest School area and supporting the Site Managers with grounds maintenance
-selling second hand uniform as part of the affordable school uniform scheme
-running their own 'car wash' for staff and visitors
-developing areas in the school to benefit a range of students: for instance Form 1 are currently redesigning and developing the sensory garden
-formal 'careers education' sessions for students exploring the possibility of paid or voluntary work in the future
Please use this link to make any comments or suggestions you may have about our Careers programme (My future... the road ahead) and Preparation for Adulthood at Old Park School. This will help inform our future planning and school development.