As part of our curriculum review we are giving considerable thought to how we can support and guide our children and young people to work towards a rewarding career. Good career guidance can have a profound impact on social mobility, as it ensures that each and every young person, whatever their needs, background or ambitions, knows the options open to them to fulfil their potential. This is particularly important for the more than one million young people in England recognised as having SEND. Far too often these young people can be held back by negative stereotypes and assumptions about their limitations. At NRHS it is our goal that every young person will get the advice they need, and that this advice is in their best interest.
In 2017 the Government published a new careers’ strategy to prepare young people for their future lives. It centres around 8 benchmarks known as the Gatsby Benchmarks. These benchmarks will form the core of our careers information and guidance work.
In year 10 and 11 pupils meet with Theresa O’Connor, our dedicated careers advisor from Connexion, a number of times throughout to explore their interests and gain a realistic understanding of the next steps available to achieving these. Theresa and form tutors support year 11 pupils with college and apprenticeship applications and support pupils to make visits to local colleges and careers fairs.