Careers Programme Information
Careers Programme Information
Nexus School provides a relevant and enriching curriculum, which meets the differing needs and career requirements of our students. Students have a variety of opportunities to gain information, advice and guidance relating to their future destinations.
In class students learn about work and life as part of their lessons. Functional English, mathematics and ICT not only develop skills that will help them negotiate work, home and leisure activities and enrich their life experiences but also incorporate learning about options that they might consider in their future lives.
Enterprise lessons are delivered to focus on helping students to develop entrepreneurial, life and employment skills to prepare them for life beyond school. Learning can be more enjoyable when embedded in real-life examples and when individuals are given the opportunity to take ownership of their own success.
The Rotary Club come into Nexus and set up a real life interview practice and guide the pupils to improve their interview skills.
The school is developing its high quality work experiences in real work settings in line with aspirations and vocational pathways and we are an advocate for the recognition of the attributes that SEN students bring to the workplace with local employers.
Each student has a transitional outcome identified in their EHCP which is linked to employment for those who will be able to work. These outcomes are reviewed regularly by the students, staff and parents. Students have the opportunity to express their employment aspiration (where appropriate) within Section A of their EHCP plan.
Students within Nexus currently attend, Bore Place, Hadlow Agricultural College and Mid Kent College where they are able to access a range of course and activities.
Our pupils are able to demonstrate their progress through the accreditation that they gain and through photographic evidence of their successes.
Pupils can expect:
Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2
- That employment is mentioned in all person centred reviews
- Where possible students to have ‘job roles’ in class
- Role play opportunities
Key Stage 3 / Key Stage 4
- To be encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.
- To begin building vocational profiles
- To be introduced to careers resources and informed how to use them
- To build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic informed decisions at transition stages
- To be introduced to the world of work and how it constantly changes
- To be introduced to software and websites
- To be encouraged to think about what they might like to achieve after school
- To explore post-16 pathways
- To be encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific careers
- To attend a transition evening
Key Stage 5
- To be encouraged to reassess personal strengths with a focus on transferable skills
- To be encouraged to investigate different jobs and careers and what they mean in terms of lifestyle, budgeting and a good work life balance and develop economic awareness
- To be encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles
- To be provided with a wide range of opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE and training providers
- To further develop economic awareness and be encouraged to think about employability, which careers appeal to them and to identify and set themselves realistic future goals
- To complete work experience
- To develop interview techniques and complete mock interviews with local employers
- To be supported with post 19 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study and apprenticeships
- To be encouraged to think about the kind of behaviour potential employers look for
Nexus will use the Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve the careers provision.
Nexus uses a range of techniques to measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils. These include lesson observations, learning walks, work experience reports and the annual review of EHCP outcomes.
Assessment within the area of careers and work related learning is usually in the form of student self-assessment supported by discussion with teachers and support staff. Each student will develop a portfolio of work to illustrate their individual achievements and learning journey. This learning journey will move to the use of Evidence for Learning to capture progress.
For more information contact Sam Kelleher (Deputy Head Teacher)
Careers programme 2019/20 is to be finalised in term 1 with the successful employment of a Post 16 learning lead and Careers and vocational placements HLTA.