Learning For Life 14-19 Provision

We are delighted to announce, subject to planning and Government agreement, Brackenfield SEND School will be expanding our provision to offer a specialist post-16 for our preparing young people with SEND (specifically SLD) for employment.


The aims of the Post 16 provision are: 

  • Outcomes focused on being ready to work  
  • Raising profile of low skill jobs across relevant, local sectors and industries  
  • Proactive support in the workplace to ensure longevity of placements and true inclusivity  
  • Advice and guidance for employers and other schools 

 Did you know…..? 

Research from Mencap in 2019 showed that a large proportion of people with a learning disability stayed in entry level employment longer than average, have fewer sickness absence days than their non-disabled peers and have a positive impact on the morale of their colleagues.  

Research from Education and Employers charity found four or more employer encounters leads to young people being 86% less likely to be NEET (Not in Education or Employment).  

Recent statistics from Base.org have shown savings for the NHS/ social care when people with SEND are in employment.  


Courses on offer 

  • Supported Employment Study Programme (entry 2-level 1) 
  • Preparation for Employment Study Programme (entry 2-level 1) 
  • Supported Internship (entry 2-level 1) 

Entry Requirements: 

  • EHCP 
  • Entry 1 to entry 3/ low level 1 on vocational learning 
  • Entry 2-entry 3 in English and Maths  
  • Ability to self-regulate most of the time  
  • Severe Learning Disability and/ or impaired IQ 


Content of Courses 

In order to replicate realistic working life arrangements provision will prepares young people for adulthood by replicating the working week and weekend model. This is a 15-20 hour week, over 3 or 4 days.  

Provision will include:   

  • Bespoke preparation for adulthood tailored curriculum offer including life skill development  
  • Specialist provision from Physios, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and mental health interventions 
  • Fitness programme with gym membership 
  • Travel training  
  • Community projects including regular enrichment trips 
  • Enterprise projects  
  • Quality Careers, Information Advice and Guidance provision 
  • Meaningful employer encounters  
  • Transition planning into adult services  


By the end of the programme, pupils will achieve:  

  • Qualifications in English and maths 

Functional Skills, unit awards, specific English and maths linked to vocational area  

  • Vocational Unit Qualifications  

Based on preferences, work experience, up-skilling for employment  

  • Badge in Personalised Learning  

Personalised Learning Intentions summary including work experience feedback   

  • Duke of Edinburgh Enrichment  

Enriching life experiences building confidence, self-esteem and lifelong memories 

  • Work Experience references and contacts 

A list of reliable referees for future employment based on real life performance   


Work Experience  

Working with local employers we aim to provide opportunities to support young people to: 

  • Understand what it means to have a job
  • Recognise their strengths in a workplace and team
  • Develop transferable skills which will help in future employment 
  • Interact in a work environment 


The two year programme will offer two types of work placements: 

Year 1: Short Term Placements and Work Experience  

Short term placements would be block placements throughout the school year for different students. It might a full week or 2 weeks, however it might not be a full week at a time- for example, it may be 3 afternoons a week for 3 weeks. The purpose is to expose our young people to real life work as much as possible and allow pupils to experience different job markets, job roles and recognise their skill set and how they could fit into the world of work.  

Year 2: Long Term Placements, Working Interviews and Supported Internships  

Long term placements would be over a longer period and may be once or twice a week for at least a 3-month period. We intend to run these placements for 6-12 months, to show considerable progress in the young person’s ability to interact and show impact in the workplace. These placements would form part of the supported internship models.  

The supported internships enable young people with an EHCP to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with real life skills to enter the workplace. This part of the study programme will have a different timetable, with 70% of the young person’s time in the workplace.   


Derbyshire and Nottingham Labour Market Information 

Across Derbyshire, there are several industries which make up the local labour market. The list below gives some ideas of possible options for future careers: 


  • Forklift Truck Driver 
  • Production Operative 
  • Technicians  
  • Factory Floor Worker  


  • Builder 
  • Labourer 
  • Plasterer 
  • Electrician 
  • Plumber 

Wholesale retail and trade 

  • Store Assistant  
  • Warehouse operative  
  • Forklift Truck Driver 
  • Customer Service Assistant  

Accommodation and food 

  • Waiter 
  • Chef 
  • Receptionist 
  • Cleaner 
  • Kitchen Staff 


  • Cleaner 
  • Caretaker 
  • Patrol Crossing 
  • Midday Supervisor 
  • Teaching Assistant 
  • Learning Mentor   
  • Youth Worker  
  • Support Worker 

Pathway to Paid Work

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Image showing the pathway in to paid work