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Careers Education at Clarity, includes education, information and guidance, delivered in a differentiated way that caters for the individual and additional needs of children with SEND.
Specialised Careers Education is delivered by the Directions team, who help our pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into the workplace. Through individualised, sensitive guidance, which is tailored to their needs and aptitudes, pupils are supported and guided to make the decisions about learning and work that are right for them.
Careers education forms an integral part of our curriculum in our PSHE and Life Skills programme. The three main areas of careers learning, identified in the National Framework, form themes throughout careers work from Year 7 to 11, meeting the Gatsby Benchmark standards.
Careers guidance is supported by the work that Class Teachers do in lesson time to build life skills into their experiences at Clarity. All staff are involved in guidance to some extent, for example through support during the selection and delivery of KS4 options. We are also well supported by Directions, our qualified and impartial careers advisers, who come to the school to work with the children each fortnight. Parent workshops and Parent appointments with our Directions advisors provide parents and families with the opportunities to ask their own questions and seek advice and support for choosing and applying for the right Post-16 Educational placement and future careers for their child.
More information about Directions.
Careers guidance interviews take place on a one to one basis for all pupils in years 9-11 and those who request a careers appointment. This features them building a 'My Careers Plan' alongside careers workshops and speakers, focussing on informing the children on options post 16. Our aim is that all pupils who leave Clarity at the end of Year 11 have an offer of a place to move on to. This is achieved through the work of the SEN Class Teachers, the SENCO and Deputy Head and the contribution of Directions specialists.
In years 7 and 8, provision includes, allocated time through PSHE lessons for self-development focusing on lifestyle and progression, direction towards careers resources available in school and provided by Directions, participation in The Real game in Year 8, group speakers about KS4 options, including vocational and alternative courses and targeted offsite provision where appropriate.
Clarity Independent School Baker Clause Statement
The Clarity Independent School Provider access policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the Academy for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.
This complies with the legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education act 1997 (the ‘Baker Clause’).
Students in Years 8 – 11 are entitled to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evening’s, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
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