Employability

Providing students with an understanding of the world of work and to gain knowledge and skills.

Employability (including work experience) provides students with an understanding of the world of work and to gain knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve, wherever possible, work-related post- Wargrave House destinations.

Wargrave House School complies with the Gatsby Benchmarks and provides a robust and high-quality framework for employability guidance.

We recognise that we have embarked on a journey to excellence in employability guidance.

Whilst all the Benchmarks are important we place particular value on gaining experiences in the workplace and employer encounters, which have historically presented additional barriers to students with ASD.

Staff leads

The lead teacher for CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) is Steve Hogarth, contact stevehogarth@wargravehouse.com and the lead governor is Melanie Peake.

Big Idea

  • A curriculum which meets statutory requirements and prepares students for external accreditation.
  • Inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world of world and links with personal goals and aspirations
  • A curriculum with links to real life context for students to help with their ability to understand employability options such as supported internships or volunteering.
  • A program of study that is based on an enquiry approach: What is this job like? How do I feel about it? What aspects do I/don’t I like, and why? What is my pathway? How can I achieve my employability goals?

The development of key employability skills such as timekeeping; following health and safety guidelines; responsibilities in the workplace; teamwork and communication.

Subject Links

  • ICT e.g. photography, video or audio clips relating to businesses and job opportunities;
  • Science and maths through STEM awareness.
  • English- preparation for work e.g. C.V. writing.

Progress

  • Each unit/aspect broken down to mini steps. Allows student to develop both a breadth and depth of knowledge.
  • Curriculum can be personalised to the individual and allow them to pick up from where they left off.
  • This also allows misconceptions to be addressed and deep learning to take place as students, particularly those with autism, may have difficulty generalising.

A system of assessment for learning that builds from experiential to support to independence.

Content and Sequencing

  • Links to real life context for students to develop their understanding of the skills and behaviours that are required in the workplace.
  • Specified autism impact identified in all units.
  • Students have access to impartial employability advice with provider access to school to discuss potential courses and apprenticeships.
  • Students able to make progress with units across different stages linked wherever possible.
  • Students in same class can be set appropriately challenging targets within the same broad subject area.
  • Flexible approach taken by staff to ensure appropriate level of challenge to engage, inspire and motivate all students regardless of current ability.
  • Students baselined according to assessments of previous knowledge at the beginning of topics, alongside previous levels of progress and teacher judgement.
  • Flexible approach taken by staff to ensure appropriate level of challenge to engage, inspire and motivate all students regardless of current ability.
  • Enables content to be different but skills can be constantly refined and built upon.

Our Setting

  • Lessons delivered by autism professionals.
  • EHCP outcomes placed at the centre of all learning.
  • Flexible and dynamic approach allows teacher to meet the needs of all students without the restriction of having to get through the curriculum.
  • Established practice, proven to work in research, lived and breathed everyday by all staff i.e. use of routines, visuals, pecs, TEACCH
  • Support available from wider therapy team.

Support

  • Careers Connect partnership working.
  • Working towards Careers Quality Standard.
  • National Curriculum available to all staff.
  • Continuous review of other suitable resources e.g. Equals.
  • N.W. Learning Partnership membership to develop wider professional networks. Development of links with local mainstream schools.
  • Ongoing CPD opportunities to develop both subject and autism specificity skills and knowledge of staff at all levels.
Wargrave House School and College
449 Wargrave Road
Newton Le Willows
Merseyside WA12 8RS

E: enquiries@wargravehouse.com
T: 01925 224899
School dates
October 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
28/09/2020 29/09/2020 30/09/2020 01/10/2020 02/10/2020 03/10/2020 04/10/2020
05/10/2020 06/10/2020 07/10/2020 08/10/2020 09/10/2020 10/10/2020 11/10/2020
12/10/2020 13/10/2020 14/10/2020 15/10/2020 16/10/2020 17/10/2020 18/10/2020
19/10/2020 20/10/2020 21/10/2020 22/10/2020 23/10/2020 24/10/2020 25/10/2020
26/10/2020

All day: October Half Term

27/10/2020

All day: October Half Term

28/10/2020

All day: October Half Term

29/10/2020

All day: October Half Term

30/10/2020

All day: October Half Term

31/10/2020

All day: October Half Term

01/11/2020

All day: October Half Term