Careers and essential skills education at the Chiltern school
At the Chiltern school, we aim to ensure that all pupils are prepared with essential skills to achieve their potential whilst being prepared for transition into their next steps of education, life beyond school and where possible the ever-changing world of work. We intend to raise aspirations and improve social mobility by developing employability and essential skills, enhancing knowledge of the labour market, challenging stereotypes and by providing pupils with access to career pathways.
Within our school context a ‘career’ is defined as a pathway through life and forms the ‘Essential Skills Education’ of the school. This includes: independent living skills, being part of the decisions that affect us, learning about the world and around us and how to interact within it, exposure to possible education and training options available after school, personalised guidance and work-related learning opportunities.
Personalisation is core to the career’s programme and delivery is tailored to each individual, their aspirations and long-term outcomes. This allows for personal progression so that each individual can move towards their transition to adulthood at a pace that is suitable for their needs. The careers programme is mapped for each educational phase for informal, semi-formal and formal learners and includes how we how the Chiltern school adheres to statutory requirements to achieve the Gatsby benchmarks and adhere to the Governments Careers strategy (2017) and the Statutory guidance published in 2018 and succeeding guidance published in July 2021 that sets out further requirements for schools and colleges on careers guidance and access for education and training providers.
The named Careers lead at the Chiltern School is Jo Scott