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Careers Education

Watling View sees careers education as an opportunity to motivate every learner by providing an opportunity to widen pupils’ horizons and raise aspirations. Careers education is an important part of the curriculum and the upper school curriculum allows pupils to access opportunities including work related learning, where pupils have the opportunity to learn about different types of work and the skills needed for work. Pupils also have the opportunity to run a mini enterprise where they sell items they have made at a local market. Pupils can develop catering skills in school through running a tuck shop and café. Animal care skills are developed through a link with a local farm which pupils access on a weekly basis. Pupils develop horticulture skills by having a horticulture session timetabled on a weekly basis and a group of pupils access a local allotment on a weekly basis, applying learnt skills in a next setting. In year 13 families have the opportunity to attend a living live event in school alongside their child. This event aims to support with the preparation for adulthood works alongside the work done in the curriculum.

When pupils first enter the Upper School a destination pathway is devised with parents to support a personalised curriculum and a curriculum that prepares pupils for adulthood and supports the Education Health Care Plan outcomes. There are different destination pathways depending on the most relevant curriculum. Pupils follow a curriculum that enables them to apply the skills they have learnt throughout the school and apply these into contexts that will be important for them when they leave school. As well as work related learning within the curriculum some pupils are able to access work experience placements. Placements are found in line with the pupils’ destination pathway and something that they have expressed a desire to continue with post 19.

Mark Chalcroft is the school’s careers leader and can be contacted via the school office or admin@watlingview.herts.sch.uk

The school continually reviews the impact of its careers education and works with local partners including youth connexions in order to ensure that it is offering pupils opportunities to broaden their horizons. Pupil destinations are reviewed and identified in the end of year data report so key stakeholders can see the destination of all pupils leaving.

This information will be reviewed in September 2019

 

 

The school uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to support its careers education.

 

Gatsby Benchmarks

 

The list below are the Gatsby Benchmarks

 

  • A Stable Careers Programme
  • Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
  • Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
  • Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Experience of Workplaces
  • Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Personal Guidance
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