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Careers programme and policy

At Newbury Manor we aim to support all our students to better understand their next steps. We believe that the more a young person knows, the better informed they are to make the right choices. It is equally important for parents and carers to be aware of the range of next steps in order to support their child in making the decisions that are best for them.

Our older pupils engage in activities such as internal and external work experience placements, college visits, 1-1 careers advice sessions with a qualified adviser and the option of taking an ASDAN careers and employability qualification. All of these enable our pupils develop their independence – careers outcomes aren’t just about jobs, working and further education; for some of our pupils, volunteering or supported living may be future outcomes. It is important for all our pupils that their independence skills are developed to ensure that, as adults, they are as independent as possible.

To view our provider access statement and overview of our careers programme, please click here.

Like all schools, we measure the success of our school-wide careers programme against the eight ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’, which are:

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of every pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further education
8. Personal guidance

For careers information for students, parents and carers, please click here.

Information for employers

Our relationship with local employers is of vital importance to us. Whether you are coming in to give a talk, offering a work experience or shadowing opportunity, or offering our pupils the opportunity to visit your business, your support is invaluable to our pupils.

If you are an employer who is thinking about supporting our careers curriculum, here are just a few of the benefits of engaging with us. You could:

  • develop the supervisory and management skills of your current workforce
  • enhance your public profile by supporting your local community
  • access a pool of hidden talent – people who offer enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to your business
  • promote workforce diversity
  • enable one of our young people to transition more successfully into the world of work

Resources for Employers

Ambitious About Autism & Autism Education Trust Toolkit

This toolkit from the Autism Education Trust (AET) and Ambitious About Autism contains resources and editable templates for employers, post-16 professionals and young people.  It starts with information about autism that is relevant to all.

All the templates in this toolkit are editable. They can be adapted to meet each young person’s level of understanding and support needs.  They do not replace an education, health and care (EHC) plan or a vocational profile. The content is based on best practice and up-to-date research where possible.  You can use all the resources in each section or select those most suited to the needs of each young person.

This resource will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people, and help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities.

To find out more, please click here

Careers and Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) is the national body for careers education in England, supporting schools and colleges to deliver modern, 21st century careers education. Their website has a large section with information specifically for employers. To find out more, please click here

Sections, with related resources, include:

Working with Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): All young people deserve access to great careers guidance and experiences of the workplace, and employers like you play a vital role in providing those experiences. The CEC has created step by step resources to support employers when working with young people with SEND. Designed to increase levels of confidence in providing experiences and encounters of work, these resources will not only benefit young people with SEND, but also your business and workforce.

Employer Resources: The Resource Directory allows you to find quality assured resources to help you support young people and prepare them to take their best next step. Resources are available to guide your thinking around this critical area of careers education.

Providing experiences of the workplace: When you think about work experience, do you consider it to be complex and time consuming? Or do you feel that you do not have the resources to deliver an effective work experience programme?  The CEC  has developed a digital guide rich with information and resources from employers and organisations to help you understand the impact your organisation could have.

Invite teachers into your workplace with teacher encounters: A teacher encounter provides an opportunity for teachers to engage directly with employers to see and learn about the different career pathways relevant to their subjects, and to observe how their subject is applied practically in business.

Peer learning webinars: These webinars are an ideal opportunity to learn from other employers about their work in schools and colleges across England. The events are led by CEC Cornerstone Employers and are filled with practical guidance and examples for you to try in your organisation.

West of England Combined Authority

This page includes information on the various opportunities available to employers for engaging with volunteers or to volunteer themselves. Here you can find out about how to become an Enterprise Advisor, how to get involved with our Workforce for the Future programme and discover information on Cornerstone Employers. Successful interactions with employers and experiences like workplace volunteering, internships, placements, and workshops inspire young people to make informed choices about their future, whilst attracting future talent to your business.

To find out more, please click here

Careers support at Newbury Manor School

For more information, please contact:

Sally Taylorson
Careers Lead
E: sallytaylorson@aspriscs.co.uk
T: 01373 814 980