The planned programme of study helps our students to understand their interests and strengths in relation to the world of work and lifelong education. Students also learn about different careers and opportunities for training, apprenticeships and volunteering.
The careers provision at Wren Spinney 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.
Curriculum and Work Experience
All students follow the Equals Scheme based on lifelong learning, world of work and PFa standards. If appropriate the students are given the opportunity to go on work experience, provided internally or externally. The practice of work experience is planned and monitored by the Headteacher. It is designed in such a way to take full account of the needs of the students and to give students an insight into the world of work. The work experience coordinator visits all students and reports back to relevant staff. Employers also evaluate the process and feedback to the work experience coordinator and students.
Other focused events include whole school and class enterprise activities, attendance at markets, trade events (e.g. Young Enterprise) and careers fairs.
Work Experience preparation and follow-up (including health and safety) responsibility takes place in tutor groups, careers sessions and other appropriate parts of the curriculum.
Careers Lead: Joanna Cliffe (Headteacher)
Wren Spinney School
Next review: January 2021