Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

Careers and Work related learning at Heart of the Forest school

The focus of our careers curriculum at Heart of the Forest school is to prepare our pupils for becoming active and present members of their local community. To learn how to access community facilities, use public transport where possible and behave appropriately when out in public places. To learn the importance of keeping themselves and their belongings safe when accessing community spaces. To apply and transfer key skills in everyday situations and achieve increased levels of independence. As pupils, progress through school and with increasing access to learning opportunities related to the world of work, this may lead them to a work placement with a local employer.

Within school, there is a thriving enterprise culture where pupils learn how to set up a small business producing items for sale, or setting up a pop up café or shop. They learn some of the skills in marketing, pricing and evaluating the enterprise. In previous years, they have worked toward producing goods for sale and running a stall at the Christmas fair and summer fete.

In KS4 and post 16 students are provided with a variety of opportunities to experience the world of work. For some this may focus on exploring the sensory stimuli on offer, whilst for others this may include day visits or long-term placements. In general, these are supported placements using school staff. Learning about the world of work combines vocational skills, preparing for work and work experience. Students explore placements in school and within the wider community. Students learn how to dress for the work place, the importance of time keeping and effective social interaction at work. It addresses the transition from school provision adult provision, a college placement and for some the move towards finding meaningful employment

Students are encouraged to think about their next steps, and work on developing their understanding of the significance of the choices they make in life, how to ensure the choices they make are well informed and how to ensure that these are communicated effectively to the right people. A key component in this is access to appropriate and where possible independent, information advice and guidance (IAG). It is expected that they will use multiple sources of information in order to help support them in making decisions regarding their short, medium and long-term future. This will include the traditional areas of IAG such as employment or education destinations, as well as being supplemented by the sourcing and / or creation of IAG related to the identification and accessing of community facilities and resources.