At Grove House School students begin to prepare for the world of work and practice employability skills in the Primary Phase through our units on Living in the Wider World. They also develop understanding of wider issues such as prejudice, discrimination and diversity to support them in future career choices.
At Key stages 1 and 2 our PSHE curriculum supports our students to develop skills such as:-
- Self-awareness with objectives pertaining to identifying personal strengths.
- Identifying some different jobs that people we know do.
- Describing a range of jobs that people might have and the qualities they might need to do them.
- Identify a job we might like to do in the future.
This spirals to objectives at KS3 and KS4 such as:-
- Identifying aspirations for adult life,
- Recognising that there are different types of employment e.g. paid/ unpaid (voluntary), full time/part time, work placements.
- Describing some of the choices available at the end of Key Stage 4, including employment, further study, apprenticeships, work placements.
We discuss and recognise inspirational role models and are supported in our delivery of employability skills by external providers such as the Essex Community Engagement Team and their Support for Schools programme. Where possible we also invite visitors into school to speak about real world industry skills, experiences and opportunities.
Visits to local colleges are arranged to help support the KS4 student’s confidence, giving them an insight into a real college working day and providing opportunities to ask the college staff questions.
We also work closely with our IAG advisor who works individually with young people who have an EHCP at key transitions between the ages of 13 and 25. The IAG advisor conducts meetings with the students in KS4 exploring interests, strengths and aspirations. They are then given unbiased advice about further education, training and employment opportunities to help identify suitable options.
Our Post-16 students are working towards BTEC Workskills accreditation at a variety of levels to practice core skills, necessary for the world of work. Units such as Preparing and Writing a CV and Covering Letter, Preparing for Interview and Working as a Team are some examples of content.
We practice Workskills in our school community provision ‘The Grove.’ This is a trio of shops that underpin both Gatsby Benchmarks and Preparing for Adulthood outcomes. Offering a coffee shop, pre-loved shop and produce outlet it enables our students to practice retail and hospitality skills in a real world environment. This enables our older students to act as role models to our younger students, reinforcing the notion of employment and its subsequent skills as something to plan, prepare and aspire to.
If you have any questions you can contact Mrs Hall, Upper School Leader, on 01277 361 498 or your IAG Adviser to arrange a meeting at any time. To contact your local IAG advisor or find out more information about the services they provide please click on the link below: