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Post 16: Careers Guidance

Students accessing Forest House Education Centre can be young people up to the age of 18.

Some of these young people's regular status are:

  • In education in a mainstream school
  • In education in a college of further education
  • In employment
  • Not in employment, education or training

The young person's education whilst accessing FHAU will be person-centred in order to engage them with personal studies, continuation of existing course/exam work.  Those not in education or training will be supported with accessing literacy and numeracy and personal development with the intention of careers support.

All young people will access careers education and support with YC and other providers.

Successful work experience has included Teaching Assistant work at a sister SEND school.

Statutory Guidance

Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there is a good reason not to.

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • community schools
  • foundation or voluntary schools
  • community or foundation special schools (other than those established in a hospital)
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)

Our Practices

It is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. We have expertise and buy in professional programmes of information, advice and guidance for all students aged 14-18.  We believe our students need accurate and good advice to help them consider and explore measures to prepare for their futures, whilst also managing extremely dibilitating mental health. All staff at play an active role in preparing them.  Careers education is also delivered through PHSE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also through assembly time and individual meetings.

All students will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school where this is possible and appropriate - accommodating legal interventions such as sectioning
  • Understand the labour market and the requirements and expectations of employers
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future
  • Be fully prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers

We are very proud of our extensive and very strong links external providers and professionals. These employers work closely with students through work placements, visits, talks, interview preparation, careers fairs and work related learning events. 

There is no restriction as to how many 1:1 guidance appointments they can have over their time in the school.  We also welcome parents to contact us for any advice or guidance they require.  

Year 9

Preparation for GCSE Options – Students are given several lessons to prepare them for the decisions they need to make for GCSEs/ BTECs in their primary roll school. They learn more about how to make decisions wisely, understand more about the range and structure of their choices and are supported in this by 1:1 careers appointments.

Year 10

Experiencing the world of work and employers’ expectations is important in moving towards employability.  In balancing the young person's critical health needs and capacity for considering their futures work can focus on developing their employability skills.  They are prepared for this with PHSE, communication and problem solving skills. 

Year 11

A series of PHSE lessons teaches students about effective decision making, explores their options and gives support in making their applications.  It covers the full range of routes into their future including sixth form, FE College, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.  This is supported by 1:1 careers interviews and a progression interview with a member of Connexions and/or school staff.

Students will learn how to write an effective CV, develop the skills required for successful interview.  

Some students complete work experience that is tailored to give them a valuable experience and expand their engagement in the world of employment.  Additional insight into the process of contacting employers using speculative letters and telephone calls and by submitting their CVs is supported.  Students complete a reflective journal which becomes a valuable resource when completing their personal statement or application for apprenticeships/school leaver programmes at the end of Year 11 or 13.