Newark Orchard School is committed to maximising the benefits for every pupil in the development of the whole school approach to careers and work related learning. We recognise the importance for all pupils. However, where appropriate, for some pupils personalised learning will require a greater focus to work related learning.
Newark Orchard’s careers curriculum is based around the Gatsby benchmarks with a clear focus on preparing for adulthood.
We aim to make an important contribution in the education of all pupils in order to make an effective transition from school to adulthood and employment.
At Newark Orchard School the curriculum is based around the skills needed to become as independent as possible and to develop a variety of skills needed to prepare them for adulthood, develop a sense of responsibility and become prepared for the working world. Newark Orchard School will prepare students to become an active member of the community.
In order to develop these skills we incorporate a variety of different activities and opportunities:
- A variety of vocational subjects in the 14-18 department which run every Wednesday and are linked to appropriate accreditation.
- Access to careers information, education and guidance both from staff and an independent careers advisor from ‘Ideas for Careers’.
- A careers library with information on jobs, colleges etc.
- The school library promoting equality and values relating to preparing for adulthood.
- Work experience, where appropriate, internal, external and group.
- Visits to places of work and visitors promoting different jobs in school.
- Problem solving and work activities.
- Internal school related activities eg, milk monitor, registers, library monitors etc.
- Team enterprise activities.
- Visits to external careers fairs.
- Visits to colleges and activity based providers.
- Person centred reviews.
- Development of CV writing, interview skills, forms filling, job searches, college prospectus.
- Delivery of safeguarding, SMSC, PSHE curriculum.
- Mentoring roles.
- Student council.
- Organisation of charity events, themed weeks
- Residential field study trips.
Throughout school pupils have access to work experience such as jobs around school and related aspects of the curriculum. However, once students reach Year 10 there is an expectation, where appropriate, that pupils will access a placement. The aim is for pupils to take part in both an internal and external placement under the supervision and organisation of the work experience coordinators.
In the 14-18 department students are likely to take part in team enterprise and group work experience placements.
Pupils have access to Independent travel training where appropriate. The focus is to develop independence skills and travel to and from familiar places.
The independent travel training coordinator incorporates planning routes to and from work experience to prepare students to access work experience independently and therefore up skilling them for future possible employment