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Careers and College

Three Ways School is committed to providing Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to students through the curriculum and through organised activities.

Three Ways is a member of Bath Education Trust (BET) which is a partnership and collaboration of key education providers and businesses in Bath and North East Somerset whose aim is to improve the educational experience of children and young people in schools and colleges and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

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Three Ways School is committed to fulfilling its statutory duty to secure independent and impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people in Years 8-13 under Section 29 of the Education Act 2011 (Section 45A of part VII of the Education Act 1997). This policy also reflects the Careers guidance and inspiration in schools. Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, March 2015 and January 2018.

A programme of careers education is delivered through Personal, Social, Health, Educational and Economic Education (PSHEE). The programme is designed to build upon previous knowledge through activities that are appropriate to the student’s stages of career learning, planning and development.

The school has a designated member of the Senior Leadership team who is in charge of ensuring the careers programme is high quality and meets the statutory requirements.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are used in order to evaluate and monitor Three Ways School’s careers provision.

Three Ways School actively ensures students and parents/carers have access to information through events such as Parents Evenings.

Three Ways School endeavours to follow best practice guidance from the careers profession and from other extended bodies such as Ofsted, Department for Education, GOV UK and Bath Education Trust.

Three Ways School uses destination data, both at KS4 and KS5, in order to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education, training or employment.

Three Ways School aims to promote Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to all students in order for them to progress in their learning and work.

It is part of the vision and mission of Three Ways School that all learners have a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives.

Three Ways School works in partnership with the Bath Education Trust (BET). BET is a partnership and collaboration of key education providers and businesses in Bath and North East Somerset.

The aim is to improve the educational experience of children and young people in our schools and colleges and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and ensure that all students develop the knowledge and skills for successful progression in education and employment.

BET seeks to provide educational services and support through the establishment of partnership working between educational providers and with the business community.

Three Ways School works in close partnership with other local special schools to share expertise and to create join opportunities for working with employers where possible.

Three Ways School has been instrumental in setting up a network of educators, charities, support services and employers who are supporting people with learning difficulties and disabilities into work. This network aims to create a more joined up network of opportunities and a pipeline for development as well as to support employers in working with people with additional needs

Three Ways School also has a café on site where learners can take part in work placements.

Three Ways School hosts visitors from the business world or visits to workplaces

All students are entitled to CEIAG that is impartial and confidential.

Careers Education is provided to all students from Year 7 to Year 13. It is integrated into their experience of PSHE, enrichment and the whole curriculum. It is delivered and supported by tutors and subject teachers.

Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and personal qualities with the absence of stereotypes. The programme has equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, whilst promoting the best interests of the student to whom it is given.

All students are given additional assistance where necessary.

Three Ways School works in close partnership with local authorities through Youth Connect.

Three Ways School is aware of the need to engage with local employers and the professional community and works with our partners to provide those opportunities for our students.

The following key areas are promoted throughout KS3 and KS4:

  • Self-development – assessing student’s strengths and weaknesses to inform future learning and work choices to develop positive self-esteem and confidence.
  • Supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity.
  • Developing enterprise and employment skills.
  • Meeting the needs of all students through appropriate differentiation.
  • Involving parents and carers.
  • Employer engagement so that students’ attitudes and employability skills can be developed
  • All Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to participate in work experience or enterprise opportunities.
  • All Careers Information provided includes the full range of post-16 education or training options, including Entry Level Apprenticeships.

Students are able to explore Career choices through college visits with the school, CIAG websites such as The National Careers Service, Apprenticeships. GOV.UK and JED; books, leaflets and prospectuses, posters and access to impartial careers advice from the Careers Adviser.

Three Ways School ensures that all students are aware of out of school opportunities that can help them with their career aspirations. The school runs a Duke of Edinburgh Programme, ASDAN Personal Social Development Award and OCR Life and Living Skills Qualification.

The school hosts an annual career fair in Term 6 where students can meet and discuss employability, training and academic pathways with representatives from Further Education, Higher Education, Apprenticeship Pathways and Employers.