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Preparation for Adulthood and Personal Development including Careers

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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  

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: TBC

Local Enterprise Coordinator: Berni Dickinson

Local Enterprise Advisor: TBC

Telephone: 0115 9733710