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Careers Education

Careers and Enterprise-Three Ways School- The World of Work and Employability

Three Ways School works to open the world of employment and enterprise to all students through our Careers Education Programme.

We develop a wide network of links to local employers and relationships with other organisations in order to expand students’ horizons and experience.

We aim to prepare students to move on to the next step knowing the skills they have and those they would like to develop.

Three Ways has worked with Talentino and the Careers and Enterprise Company to develop an innovative and exciting Careers Education Programme for an Outstanding Special School. Students are introduced to careers from the start of their school journey with activities tied into role play, visits and topics throughout the curriculum. The careers plan is linked to The Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI Framework. By the end of their time at Three Ways we expect all students to have experienced:

· Employability skills development

· One to one or small group careers advice

· Work place visits

· Talks from employers

· Work Related Learning

· Introduction to Further Education and Supported Internship Opportunities

· Work Experience

· Enterprise Projects

We follow the NDTI’s model to support students into Employment:

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3 Cafe Kitchen

3 Cafe Kitchen is a community-focused café offering an award-winning, freshly prepared, locally sourced, and seasonal menu.

We provide work experience and training to young people with special needs.

3 Cafe Kitchen is a community hub, helping to create future employment opportunities and better integration into the employment market.

See our website here https://3cafekitchen.co.uk/ or follow us on social media (facebook/twitter links)

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What have our Pupils done?

3 Café Kitchen, Three Ways onsite award-winning café offers work experience and training to all students aged 14 and above.

Students help serve customers, prepare food and clean and clear.

We gained national coverage about the set-up of 3 Café Kitchen in the Guardian, read our story here- https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/20/children-special-needs-downs-syndrome-day

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Work experience at Homewood Park Hotel, helping mix and serve drinks at an event with over 100 members of the Bath Independent Hotel and Guest House Associations

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Helping prepare the polytunnels at school for the seasons growing and planting of fruit, vegetables and herbs and spices, all of which will be used in Food Technology and for cooking in the school café.

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Work place insight visit to the headquarters of https://www.thespicery.com/, an inspirational food development kitchen and recipe kit and subscription service. The young people heard from entrepreneur and founder, Simon, did some food tasting and saw how the packing and distribution service works.

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Who do we work with?

Talentino!

We work with Careers Education company, Talentino!, who are a niche career development organisation. All staff have had staff development opportunities and have access to the ‘Careers at Every Level’ programme for young people with learning difficulties and additional needs who aspire to enter the world of work. This programme is based on Talentino’s innovative Careers programme designed specifically for mainstream schools and colleges called “Careers at Every Level”.


Bath and NE Somerset Supported Employment Round Table

Three Ways School has led in setting up a county wide network to share best practice and ideas for supporting people with special needs into employment. The network collaborates to help support employers, create new opportunities and to create pipelines for employment for our students.

Bath and NE Somerset have cemented this work with a focus in The Economy & Growth Delivery Plan 2020/21 which sets a priority focus on provision for Children and young people with SEND. Current activity aims to address the disproportionate rate of local workforce in full time employment with a disability and offer alternative progression routes


Opening Doors Magazine supports employers to find out more about working with people with additional needs and shares example.

The magazine was produced in partnership with the B&NES Employer Engagement Network and a forum of support agencies, employers and funders brought together by Three Ways School and the St Johns Foundation.

We have worked with Mencap to set up a pilot of supported internships in Bath and NE Somerset for 2020/21.

Youth Connect are our partner to provide independent careers advice for students in groups and one to one


Careers and Enterprise Company supports SEND schools in the region with their Careers Strategy in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks by completing SEND Compass Evaluation tool. Kelly Spicer, our Enterprise Co-ordinator connects and signposts opportunities including work experience, experience of the workplace and supported internships.

The school works closely with our volunteer Enterprise Coordinator, Penny Cox a volunteer from business who has a passion for raising the aspirations of young people to help put opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education.

Change Now: We work with Leonard Cheshire as part of the Change Now Programme, they offer our students 1, 2 or 10 day work experience placements for young people with SEND

Opportunities for young disabled people to volunteer through our Can-Do programme

Support for setting up further work place insights and planning for work experience with students

Our Student Experiences

Through our Careers Curriculum Students will have -:

· Develop a CV which employers can easily understand, based on their skills and abilities, this may be in video or picture format

· Engaged in individually planned and supported Work Experience, which suits the pupil and their interests, this will start as a school-based experience in the 3 Café Kitchen, the school café, or within school helping with maintenance, gardens, sports, IT, play or in the primary department. For those who are able a community-based work placement will be supported.

· Participate in an enterprise project selling through school events and outlets including reception and the school café and taking part in Tycoon, Peter Jones’s enterprise initiative

· Have experienced a range of work insights, role plays and conversations about the world of work, local and national opportunities and the skills involved.

· Participated in a volunteering project to develop employability skills including team work, time management and communication, these will be both school and community based.

Meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

We work to meet the guidelines of The SEND Gatsby Benchmarking Toolkit which gives practical information and guidance to SEN schools on how to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure that schools provide a robust Careers Education programme. Click on the link below to access the document

The SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit 2018

How can you help?

If you would like to find out more about the programme and how you can get involved by offering placements, work place insights, giving talks or helping prepare students for work please contact Pippa Harding, Careers Lead on 01225 838070 or email pippa.harding@threeways.co.uk

Careers Lead at Three Ways School - Mrs Pippa Harding - Pippa.harding@threeways.co.uk

Work Experience/Business Networking Lead - Mrs Lucy Beattie - Lucy.beattie@threeways.co.uk