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Careers at Trent View College

Trent View College regards the careers curriculum as a means to break down barriers and the concept of ‘careers’ which look different for each student. The SEND Code of Practice states that ‘with high aspirations, and the right support, the vast majority of children and young people can go on to achieve successful long-term outcomes in adult life’. Furthermore, it adds that education providers and their
partners should work together to help children and young people to realise their ambitions in relation to:

● Higher education and/or employment – including exploring different
employment options
● Independent living – enabling people to have choice and control over their lives and the support they receive, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living
● Participating in society – including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community
● Being as healthy as possible in adult life

Careers education is threaded through the curriculum offer with coverage taking place within preparation for adulthood lessons, vocational options, core skills and, where appropriate, in daily tutorial sessions. A focus on career development is embedded as part of the curriculum offer and students, where appropriate will work towards NOCN qualifications in Independent Living and/or Skills for Employability. Our Careers programme of study has been developed based on The Career Development Institute’s  ‘Career Development Framework’ (2021) with an emphasis on Six Learning Areas 

1. Grow throughout life
2. Explore possibilities 
3. Manage Career 
4. Create Opportunities 
5. Balance life and work 
6. See the big picture

Gatsby Benchmarks & Baker Clause

Trent View College measures progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks via the termly completion of the Compass+ evaluation and this information is shared with the Local Authority. The Gatsby Benchmarks were a recommendation from the Good Career Guidance report by John Holman and have been widely adopted nationally following the DfE’s Careers Strategy in 2017 which recommended all schools work towards the benchmarks. The benchmarks are: 

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. Experience of workplaces 
7. Encounters with further and higher education 
8. Personal guidance 

Trent View College is fully compliant with the Baker Clause and all students from Year 12 onwards have at least one employer/workplace encounter and one further education encounter each year. Trent View College continues to work with local employers to ensure that work experience and encounters are appropriate and meaningful. We work hard in partnership with our local enterprise co-ordinator, Steve Dixon and the local authority to lead change in the local area to transform careers provision for young people with SEND.

Want to work with us?

We are always looking for local businesses that want to inspire and educate our students about the world of work and expand our careers programme. If you think you could help us to deliver talks/presentations, activities, workplace visits or work experience, please contact our Careers Leader, Hazel Abbott

Tel: 01724 553170