Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
“At West Oaks we work with consideration, commitment and co-operation to ensure our school community will develop the capacity to enjoy life and succeed.”
The vision for our pupils in their time at West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College is to ensure that they are taught the skills and attitudes to enable them to become as independent as they can be. We aim for them to have an enriched and stimulating curriculum to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of their gender, race, learning disability or physical disability.
Rationale and commitment to careers education, information, advice and guidance
At West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College careers education, information, advice and guidance is at our forefront ensuring our students leave with the right tools and values to help prepare them for adulthood. We support students to consider their future options, realise their potential and decide how their skills and experiences fit with opportunities in the job market. We prepare students for their preferred pathway transition whether that is to continue with further education, employment, training or living independently and we use a person-centred approach in our delivery method. We are fully committed to our statutory and moral obligation to provide a holistic careers service to students identified in Year 8 onwards, highlighting the vocational and academic routes to their preferred careers routes. Throughout West Oaks our careers programme is known as;
We ensure that students are inspired and motivated for the world of world, ensuring high achievable aspirations are considered for a range of careers available. Our Careers Strategy works in line with our PSHE policy.
We work closely with the local authority due to the vulnerable nature of our students who all have special education needs and disabilities with Education, Health and Care plans in place, ensuring that we know of all the services available to support students, to access these and share this knowledge amongst our community. We all share the presumption that for many of our young people with special educational needs and disabilities are capable of sustaining paid employment with the right preparation and support. We regularly celebrate and showcase and promote the achievements of our students who are volunteering or in paid employment at every possible opportunity.
We underpin our strategy with the Gatsby Benchmark and our specialism of Applied Learning.
Futures is overseen by the Careers Leader, Shane Baker.