Careers and the World of Work at The Grove
At The Grove, we see learning about the World of Work as an important part of realising The Grove’s vision for its learners to “Inspire Excellence, Challenge Potential and Empower Learning”. It is through this vision that we aspire to ensure that every student is given every opportunity to experience the necessary skills in readiness for work. Furthermore, we aim to provide a range of experiences which enable them to make informed choices about life beyond school; preparing them for the next stage of their education or training.
Learning about work skills starts from the primary age at key stage 1 and 2, where students learn key functional skills through our life skills curriculum. These are built upon in key stage 3 so that students are ready to tackle the World of Work modules when they reach key stage 4. Our aim is that all students within key stage 4 experience a short block of work experience in the final term of year 11. Once students enter the Post 16 department, there is a heavy focus on work experience and work related learning.
The aims of work related learning and work experience programs are realised through The Grove Success in Work Roadmap and aim to;
- Develop students’ understanding of the world in which they live, and to help them gain knowledge about their future employment and career opportunities.
- Improve student independence through real world experience.
- Improve self-esteem through contribution to wider society and the world of work.
- Help students fulfil their aspirations and realise their potential.
- Promote the potential of young people on the autistic spectrum by increasing awareness within the community.
- The school shares a small shop with its partner Area 51 college based in Wood Green. All students will have a block placement at the shop as part of developing work skills or through studying their employability course.
- Careers education is provided as part of the ASDAN Employability or OCR Life and Living Skills course. Covered during the modules: Communication, Vocational Preparation, Work Related Learning and Enterprise. These are taught across the three years. Students are assessed on their Portfolio of Evidence that is completed after their modules.
- Work skills are part of the whole school Life Skills programme so all students begin to build their skills from primary age in readiness for work.
- Key Stage 4 Work experience – Students at key stage 4 receive a short block of work experience during the summer term. Student’s aspirations, needs and skills are considered when mapping the most appropriate placement for them.
- Post 16 Work experience – Students complete work experience each year throughout post 16 and work towards completing whole days or weeks in their final year, depending on their readiness, as part of the Success in Work Roadmap.
- Outreach – Information about supporting students on the autism spectrum in the workplace is given potential work experience providers. This information explains the nature of the school and our students’ needs, abilities and aspirations. There is also an invitation for an ‘introduction to autism’ training session at the workplace or the school.
- Careers fair – The annual careers fair within the Trust allows students to talk with local employers and visitors from the world of work. It gives them ideas and inspiration about possible career paths.
- Enterprise project through Young Enterprise UK- Post 16 students embark on different levels of enterprise projects through Young Enterprise, which is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.
- Access to external work schemes through Project Search; a year long scheme that offers young people with disabilities and success for integrated, competitive employment and Care Trade; an organisation that provides work experience and opportunities for young Londoners with autism.