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Personal Development including Careers

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Personal Development

At Brackenfield, we recognise the importance of preparing all our young people for adulthood, from their unique starting points and on their individual journeys to achieve their best possible outcomes. 

Personal Development encompasses:

  • Relationships and Health Education
  • Sex Education
  • Physical Educaiton 
  • Wellbeing
  • Wider Safety in the community; travel training, water safety, stranger danger 
  • Citezenship and playing a par tin the community
  • Developing Character and values, including taking responsiblity and contributing to the school community
  • Wider enriching opportunities including forest schools, trips and residentials 
  • Pupil Voice and Inclusion
  • Spiritual Moral, Social and Cultural and British Values exposure and understanding
  • Economic understanding and Careers; the local area and jobs 

Personal development is embedded throughout the school curriculum, focusing on quality experiences which are functional and enriching. 

Brackenfield School is committed to preparing all young people for adulthood in line with the SEND Code of Practice. Through the curriculum approach and personalised learning intentions, at a pace appropriate to the pupil we aspire to support pupils in the following areas:


  • Communicate needs, wants, thoughts, preferences, opinions and experiences.
  • Understand what people say to them and follow instructions.
  • To participate in conversations.

Good Health

  • Understand and manage their own body.
  • Manage their own mental physical and sexual health.
  • Manage and meet their own hygiene needs including toileting.

Friends, Relationships and Community

  • Develop and maintain relationships and friendships.
  • Access their community safely and confidently

Independent Living

  • Live as independently as possible and manage my own household.                           
  • Meet their own basic needs such as hunger, thirst etc
  • Meet their own needs to be prepared for different weather; i.e. applying suncream and wearing a hat in the sun,  wearing a coat when its cold or raining, changing wet clothes etc.
  • Make choices and discover their preferences.


  • Learn about the world of work so they know what opportunities are available to them
  • Learn skills so they can enter the workforce

Class timetables offer regular opportunties to experience the local communities alongside developing the life skills needed to access communities safely. 

Online safety is addressed through our Special Agents, iVengers programme. Click here for more details. 

Careers Education and Student Entitlement

We recognise and carry out our duty to provide Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), ensuring all students in years 8 to 11 (and all post 16 pupils) at Brackenfield SEND School are entitled to:

  • Un-biased  and up-to-date labour market information to support employment choices and to maximise skill set development
  • Find out about technical education qualifications and traineeships/ supported interships opportunities as part of our careers programme, which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point which are the most aspirationally realistic for them
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and traineeships/ supported internships
  • Understand how and have support to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses
  • Obtain impartial, confidential personalised careers guidance
  • Access work experience opportunities which are realistically aspirational
  • An understanding of the world of work and improve motivation
  • Regular pupil centred meetings which promote pupil and parent voice when making informed careers choices  

Careers Teaching and Learning 

Careers provision is integrated into the curriculum and personal development offer at Brackenfield SEND School. Our pupils have a variety of complex needs therefore the curriculum follows three models: pre formal, semi formal and formal curriculum. Typically, pre-formal learners will always require co-regulation and therefore their experience of employment learning will be a contrast to that of formal learners; this is subject specific, teacher led learning. Employment is one of our 4 life skills subjects. It is assessed across all pathways. Typically, Employment learning is embedded in a pre-formal curriculum and a younger semi-formal curriculum. Older semi-formal classrooms and formal classrooms have standalone Employment lessons as part of the life skills curriculum.

Brackenfield defines work experience as:

‘Any activity which furthers knowledge, understanding, skill or experience with the purpose of leading to a life enhancing outcome, including improving the possibility and probability of working in a range of settings.’

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Work experience opportunities are utilised to deepen employment learning. Work experience is focused on year 10 and year 11 pupils; however, work experience is also embedded into bespoke curriculum offers for pupils who take part in alternative provisions. Typically these are secondary aged pupils.

Work experience is planned on a case by case basis, working with pupils and their families to identify opportunities which will inspire and support future employment opportunities. Brackenfield utilising the opportunities in house to provide first-hand experiences of real-life work in key local labour market areas, this includes:

  • Horticulture- garden maintenance
  • Cleaning and caretaking- cleaning and maintaining good hygiene
  • Catering- supporting lunchtime activities 
  • Business administration-answering phones, filing, sending emails, photocopying, shredding
  • Hospitality- directing visitors during CPD events, making refreshments, preparing and putting equipment away after events

Brackenfield SEND School provide work experience opportunities alongside Stanton Vale School in the above areas at each other’s sites, to provide new environments to experience real life work. 

From year 9, pupils complete their work experience log and further education guidance log to record their views and preferences for post 16. Pupils review this regularly alongside their vocational profiling tool completed as part of their employment lessons.


A provider wishing to request access should contact the careers team:

Strategic Careers Leader: Sophie Evitts; Deputy Headteacher

Operational Careers Leader: Helen Diggle; Employment Coordinator 

Careers Governor: Sue Woollett

Local Enterprise Coordinator: Berni Dickinson

Local Enterprise Advisor: Sue Woollett

Telephone: 0115 9733710