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Post 16 & Careers

 

Careers Leader: Ms Jacqui Roper

jacqui.roper@stlukes.herts.sch.uk    01582 626727

At St Luke’s School, we are committed to providing a planned and extensive careers programme.  This is taught within the PSD curriculum and is differentiated to suit the needs of the individual learner. It has been designed to inform and equip every student with the skills and knowledge required to support their transition onto further education, training or employment. 

The aim of our careers programme is to raise the aspirations of our learners and to support them in developing transferable life and social skills. Within our programme we support our students to access good quality information about opportunities available and the progression options that follow.

Some have opted for an apprenticeship, or the world of work, whilst a greater majority have transitioned successfully into mainstream colleges. We work hard to try to ensure that the next move is at the right level and enables our students to build on the success they have experienced with us.

We consider transition from early on so we can build confidence and social skills through working on areas of need identified in the Hertfordshire Skills Framework such as motivation, respect, resilience, organisation and teamwork and alongside meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks Results

In the past some of our students have opted for an apprenticeship or the world of work, however the majority have transitioned successfully onto a supported learning course within a mainstream college. We work hard to try to ensure that the next move is at the right level  ensuring our students are able to build on the success they have experienced with us.

On a practical level we work closely with YC Hertfordshire who offer a service to provide impartial advice through professional meetings arranged during the school day by careers advisers. At these meetings we ensure we ‘tap into’ students’ interest, strengths and aspirations to find the right work experience placement, college course and environment for success. We then produce a document offering valuable opportunities and guidance to support their next steps.

We work with professionals, parents and carers and, most importantly, our students collaboratively, to secure the best outcome for them when they leave school.

Providers come into our school to talk to students about the opportunities available to them. At St Luke’s School we are fortunate to have been working with Beverly Greenfield and Nicole Chater from YC Herts for a number of years.

.We have strong links with local colleges, and work closely with the college transition workers, inviting them into school  to meet our students, observe them in lessons and run Q & A workshops regarding college. We also arrange college taster days early in the Autumn term offering our students as much time as possible to prepare for the change.

All transition support workers attend year 11 EHCP (Educational and Health Care Plan) meetings giving parents and carers opportunities to ask any college related questions or share concerns. We try to involve our parents in this as much as possible, so they can support the management of impending significant change. 

Once our students join their new setting we remain in contact with the college transition officer to offer any additional support they may require during the early weeks.

Colleges our students frequently transition to are:

We keep destination data - please contact us if you require this.

 

Useful Links and Resources

 

St Luke's Strategic Development of Pupils' Employment and Work

Lower School

  • Learning about people who do different jobs
  • Role play
  • Learning about time - future and history

Middle School

  • Learning about careers and types of employment
  • Embarking on self evaluation
  • Being taught about jobs and careers
  • Travel training
  • Time and relevance to the individual and others
  • PSD - personal presentation and hygiene
  • Transferable communication skills and how we communicate to different people in different roles
  • Societal expectations

Upper School

  • Visiting a range of organisations to experience where people work to broaden their understanding of types of work and places of work
  • Experiencing work
  • Making decisions on types of work and careers that interest them
  • Reflection on skills and refinement of thinking through CV writing to present themselves effectively
  • Creating a portfolio of skills and business enterprise activities to take to interviews
  • Researching jobs and careers e.g. college placements, job centre visits, job searches
  • Mock interviews with professionals
  • Completing CVs
  • Money, salaries, banking and expenditure
  • Learning about tax, insurances, bills, credit and debit
  • Travel training