Weatherfield Academy Special School Careers Programme has been developed to incorporate the Government’s Careers Strategy, launched in December 2017 and the statutory guidance published in January 2018 and subsequent guidance published in July 2021 setting out a range of requirements for schools and colleges.
Mrs C Patterson is the Careers Leader and is responsible for leading the Careers Programme. Mrs Patterson completed her Careers Leader Level 7 qualification in 2020.
Weatherfield Academy Special School is working under the guidance from the Local Enterprise Partnership with SEMLEP/The Careers and Enterprise Company supporting schools to develop and deliver independent Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).
Mrs Patterson attends the CEIAG Professional Study Group for Central Bedfordshire each term, regular meetings with Central Bedfordshire Youth Support Services and has regular meetings with our Enterprise Advisor in order to ensure we deliver ‘good career guidance’.
Weatherfield Academy Special School is a member of the very successful Careers Hub Luton, https://www.careershubluton.co.uk/, where Mrs Patterson attends regular meetings and CPD.
Weatherfield Academy achieved a National Quality in Careers Standard, this was achieved in 2019 under the guidance of Mrs Patterson working with Prospects to gain this excellent standard award.
The Careers Programme is working towards ensuring the following:
Our good Careers Programme meets the expectations set out in the Gatsby Benchmarks.
1) We have published on our website details of the Careers Programme and arrangements for providers of technical education or apprenticeships to talk to pupils.
2) The destinations of young people from the school are tracked and that this information is used to improve the effectiveness of the school’s careers programme.
Personal statement from Mrs Patterson
As Careers Leader I will be responsible and accountable for the delivery of Weatherfield Academy’s careers education, information, advice and guidance. I will be working towards ensuring that Weatherfield Academy meets the Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020 in accordance with the Department of Education’s statutory guidance January 2018 and the more recent Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Statutory guidance for schools and guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges July 2021.
I will be involved in the planning, implementing and quality assuring of our careers programme for Weatherfield Academy; managing the delivery of career guidance; networking with external partners, including employers; coordinating the contributions of careers teachers, subject teachers, tutors and SENCO.
I am also responsible for ensuring that the careers programme continuously improves and that it delivers the kinds of impacts that are needed for our young people. This means paying careful attention to feedback from all stakeholders and to the destinations of pupils.
From recent feedback from staff and students, I was made aware of the need for the development of skills for our young people. I have therefore introduced the Senior Leadership Team to the – Skills Builder Hub and this academic year 2021-2022 we have joined their Accelerator Programme https://www.skillsbuilder.org/uk-accelerator
I have taken part in a successful Skills Leader Training Day and more recently our first Strategy Meeting. I have arranged for our teaching staff to have an inset this December 2021 to introduce Skills Builder to them to support the learning of our students.
Skills Builder Accelerator offers
‘The Skills Builder Accelerator is our flagship programme for schools and colleges. We work together with you to develop and implement a complete strategy for teaching essential skills in your institution, including training and support, tools and resources – resulting in real impact for your students.’
Join a movement and network with other Skills Leaders
Empower students to build and articulate their essential skills
Implement a complete strategy to bring teaching colleagues with you
The Skills Builder Universal Framework is the national standard for teaching essential skills. It breaks each skill into teachable steps, supporting progress for students of all ages and abilities - including those with special educational needs. The Universal Framework was developed with Skills Builder by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Gatsby Foundation, Business in the Community, EY Foundation, the CBI and CIPD.
Measuring and Assessing the Impact of Our Careers Programme for Our Students
Individual student progress is currently recorded on our Onwards and Upwards assessment tool.
Student and staff feedback will be an integral part of our Careers Programme; each unit will be followed by a feedback session on what went well and even better if for our students and staff.
Careers insets and training will take place during the academic year to monitor and evaluate the delivery of our Careers Programme. Trustees, Governors and the Senior Leadership Team are committed to the monitoring and improvement of our Careers Programme.
By working with The Careers and Enterprise Company and working at a nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standards programme, will ensure the development of our Careers programme in accordance with current and future legislations.
Review of Careers information to be September 2022
Mrs Carol Patterson, Careers Leader, Weatherfield Academy Special School
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - 01582 605632