Careers and the World of Work at The Grove

This careers strategy is led and managed by Bronja Elton: Associate Assistant Head & Head of Post 16
Telephone: 020 3876 6555
Email: bronja.elton@thegroveschool.co.uk 

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 pupil is given every opportunity to experience the necessary skills in readiness for work.  We introduce these skills from primary all the way through to Post 16.   We aim to provide a range of experiences which enable students and their families to make informed choices about life beyond school; preparing them for the next stage of their education or training.

The aims of work related learning and work experience programs are realised through The Grove’s Curriculum and Skills progression guidance for careers, Life Skills, PSHE and RSE.   We aim to develop pupils’ understanding of the world in which they live, and to help them gain knowledge about their future employment and career opportunities.

All pupils at the Grove Primary to Post 16  are encouraged to develop skills that support employment and this is embedded within their curriculum. Our curriculum provides young people with opportunities to learn essential skills and enhance personal characteristics such as social skills, communication, independence and self-help. The aim of our curriculum is to support our students to achieve personalised positive career outcomes as well as developing independent living skills.

All our pupils and families from years 9-14 receive career support that is impartial and includes information on a range of pathways, including apprenticeships or internships; information is adapted to the needs of the child.

Our Careers strategy aims to:

  • 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.
  • Ensure that our pupils are meeting all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks at a level that is suitable for their age and ability.
Key Stage 2
Ages 7–11
Key Stage 3
Ages 11–14
Key Stage 4
Ages 14–16
Key Stage 5
Ages 16–18
Awareness about careers now and in the future: widening horizons and not closing down options Knowledge about careers and the impact of making options choices and decisions Knowledge about careers and experience in the world of work Experience of and exposure to the world of work, career adaptability and resilience

Transition Planning (also linked to Post 16 Curriculum)

At The Grove we believe that a clear transition path to post 16 and beyond is important for our students, their families and the school. Having an effective system in place allows our students a smooth transition year upon year. For this reason the transition process at The Grove starts at the end of key stage 3 in year 9.

A Transition towards Adulthood plan (appendix 1) is created based around five key areas:

  • Academic
  • Employment
  • Independent Living
  • Friends, Community and Relationships
  • Good Health

For more information visit: www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk

The planning process takes place as follows;

Year 9 A PCP review is held where the student, family, school and professionals work together to complete the school’s Transition Plan Towards Adulthood. It is during this meeting that we work collaboratively to develop the key targets and milestones for each student taking account of their EHCP outcomes and their aspirations for their future.

The Plan Towards Adulthood will be started in collaboration with school and families. Students will also begin their ‘Vocational Profile’ that will continue with them as they move through the school.

Workshops will be offered for families around transition and options post 16 and beyond.

Year 10 PLP meetings and annual reviews will review update planning for KS4 outcomes and any changes made to planning for adulthood.

Workshops and training offered for families around transition and options post 16 and beyond.

Review Vocational profiles and Transition to adulthood plans and update.

Year 11 A PCP review gathers information and this is used to ensure the appropriate pathways are identified for Post 16.

Review planning to adulthood documents during PLP meetings and update.

Review Vocational profiles and update.

Workshops and training offered for families around transition and options post 19 and beyond.

Year 12 Review and update planning and progress at Post 16.

Review planning to adulthood documents during PLP meetings and update.

Review Vocational profiles and update.

Year 13 A PCP review gathers information which is used to ensure strategies and supports have been updated in planning for beyond school and towards adulthood. Under the mental capacity act (2005) student’s views are counted as central to this review and will form the shaping of the pathway for year 14.

Review planning to adulthood documents during PLP meetings and update.

Review Vocational profiles and update.

Year 14 Review to discuss progress and next steps. Students, families, staff, professionals and external services meet to ensure a successful transition beyond school.

Further information

  • 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. At key stage 4 this is taught across two years and in Post 16 this is delivered over 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.
  • All students from year 9–14 will complete work experience.
  • 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 projects and other external work related projects will take place. This may take place alongside providers such as Enterprise UK and Organiclea.
  • There is access to external work schemes through Mencap, Steps into work and the Autism project