Careers Programme

 

Careers Programme

Ancora House School believes that every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.

In 2013, The Gatsby Foundation commissioned Sir John Holman to set out what career guidance in England would be like if it were good by international standards, resulting in the Good Career Guidance report. The eight benchmarks set out in the report serve as a framework for improvement in careers provision and have been adopted as part of the Government’s Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and colleges. In addition, The Careers & Enterprise Company now supports the implementation of the benchmarks in schools and colleges with a national network of support and resources.

Ancora House School works with The Careers and Enterprise Company, we have a dedicated advisor, to ensure we are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks and providing all our learners with high quality careers advice and guidance, helping to inform their next transition steps and where possible meet the career aspirations of each student.

One of the main focuses at Ancora House School is to ensure that throughout their time at Ancora, we are helping to equip our learners with the knowledge, skills and attributes to progress onto further education, training or employment. The curriculum is adapted to suit the needs of all our learners.  We have a whole school approach, with careers embedded within the curriculum.

Below is a summary of the Careers Programme and how we endeavour to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.

 

The Gatsby Benchmarks

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Our Career Programme

  1. A STABLE CAREERS PROGRAMME
  • College and training provider visits and taster sessions
  • Employer encounters
  • Careers week
  • Careers and Transition team input from the very beginning of their Ancora School journey

 

  1. LEARNING FROM CAREER AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION
  • Links with Young People’s Service and Job Centre Plus
  • Employer visits
  • Local Labour Market Information
  • Previous student talks and workshops
  • Resources online, books and displays

 

  1. ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF EACH LEARNER
  • Support and sessions with careers and transition team
  • Regular individualised careers advice by our level 6 qualified careers advisers
  • Regular careers education sessions included in each learner’s timetable
  • Engagement with Young People’s Service or Local area equivalent i.e Career Connect
  • Strong Links with local organisations such as Storyhouse theatre, Chester Zoo, Youth Federation and The Prince’s Trust
  • Attendance at all learners' CPA meetings, education review meetings and EHCP review meetings

 

  1. LINKING THE CURRICULUM TO CAREERS
  • Embedding careers, life skills and workability skills into the school day
  • Employer visits and guest speakers from a variety of curriculum areas i.e STEM, the arts, young enterprise
  • Careers fairs
  • Curriculum linked careers webinars
  • Books and Posters in subject classrooms

 

  1. ENCOUNTERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
  • Volunteering/work experience
  • Visits from and to employers
  • Transition events
  • Webinars
  • Networking by careers and transition team
  • Attendance at Careers and enterprise events and career network meetings

 

  1. EXPEREINCES OF WORKPLACES
  • Taster sessions
  • Careers week
  • Guest speakers
  • Workplace visits
  • Volunteering/work experience where appropriate
  1. ENCOUNTERS WITH FURTHER EDUCATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Visits to future providers
  • Referrals to other suitable organisations for information and guidance
  • Taster sessions
  • Extended supported transition plans
  • Networking and offering individualised learner support to future providers
  • Support from with Ancora Careers and transition team and where applicable our SENDCO

 

  1. PERSONAL GUIDANCE
  • Regular individual, impartial (we have no college or 6th form provision and majority of our learners are on dual role when with us) careers guidance from one of our Level 6 qualified Careers advisors.
  • Regular contact with external qualified careers advisors from Young People Service or Local Authority equivalent.
  • Input from our transitions team
  • Tutorials
  • Supported transition visits to work placements and/or further education providers
  • Personalised Education Passport provided to future providers for all learners with or without and EHCP
  • Individualised Transition Support Plan
  • Opportunity to take part in Enrichment curriculum to support careers and workability knowledge and skills
  • Travel training support
  • Support with Applications, CV’s and interviews

 

The journey at Ancora House school is person centred and individualised for each learner:

  • Initial meeting, engagement, assessment of where the young person is up to educationally/needs/gaps
  • Liaison with and support of families/school/college/Clinical Team/community team around needs including wider needs than simply education
  • Individual work on employability skills/areas for development
  • SEND support, EHCP assessment application as necessary
  • Offering a post 16 curriculum which is truly flexible and reflective of needs
  • Incorporates, useful technology and qualifications, The Prince’s Trust, Open University, apps, Start Profile, Young Enterprise, others sourced on an individual basis
  • Detailed transition planning and sharing of information including an Educational Support Plan for the next education provider
  • Support to access positive activities upon discharge, follow up and support provided for 52 weeks after discharge

Ancora House School, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Cheshire, CH2 1BQ

Tel: 01244 397598 | Email: admin@ancora.cheshire.sch.uk