At BEA, we strive to ensure all our students are fully prepared for adulthood and life after school. This preparation takes many forms, due to the complex and bespoke needs and abilities.
Despite destinations being varied for our students Post 19, we ensure the transition process is rigorous and individual.
Transition meetings, in addition to EHCP Review meetings, are held with parents/carers and external professionals Post 14. We offer information evenings to which all parents/carers are invited and all students Post 14 access a rolling programme of inclusion at Boston College and/or Adult Social Care provision in the local community. This supports students, their parents/carers, and staff at the school to make informed decisions regarding appropriate Adult Social Care provision and/or Further Education settings, and the courses students would like to study.
The curriculum followed by our Post 14 learners, is the final stage of preparation of our young people for adulthood. From their 14+ reviews onwards we support our students to work within and negotiate many different contexts including College, a wide range of Social Care providers, Work Experience placements, cultural, leisure and retail resources.
The Post 14 curriculum is destination focused and designed to deliver relevant and functional life skills, making the world of work attainable if at all possible and maximising personal independence when transition to Further Education and training is not possible. Asdan Personal Progress and AQA Unit Awards are used as the vehicles for this work.
The curriculum includes units covering ‘Careers and Employability’. This is a major focus of the Key Stage 4 and 5 curriculum and we ascribe to the Gatsby framework and the Careers Statutory Guidance, January 2018.
Careers education is integrated across the curriculum through the development of work skills, understanding of the world of work and experience of the world of work.
In these contexts the students build their portfolio of skills at their relevant level, learning to apply the Literacy, Communication, Numeracy and Problem Solving skills they have established in earlier Key Stages.
The World of Work
A Work Experience TA is available to support students and will accompany those who may require it.
Work Experience is organised as part of the careers programme for those students able to access supported or independent placements.
The World of Work
Students on the careers pathway complete a vocational profile when they enter Post 14 to begin to identify their skills and interests which helps us to plan an individual pathway for each student.
Work experience opportunities are advertised, pupils complete application forms and go through an interview process. We also work with pupils to organise more personal placements.
The Work Experience TA organises the placements and signs a contract agreement, as does the student, to acknowledge the expectations of the placement.
During the period of work experience the student is required to complete a work experience log book provided by the school. Most students are accompanied on their placements, if not, the Work Experience TA will visit the student during their time on placement. Records are kept of this. All employers complete a short report on each student at the end of the placement.
Work experience placements usually last for either one full day or ½ a day a week for 6 weeks, however extended work experience may be offered to students to support engagement or to enable them to enrol on a specific course at college. We aim for any students who are ready for the world of work to enter a supported Internship in Year 14.
BEA has strong links with local businesses and we aim to give students an opportunity to do a work experience placement before they leave school.
Current internal opportunities
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Current External Opportunities
We are very lucky to work with some great local businesses to provide meaningful work experience placements for our students. Whilst on a placement, students receive endless opportunities to increase many skill sets such as:
– Following instructions
– Handling money
Work experience is a great opportunity to watch our students shine outside of the school environment and see them grow in confidence with each session.
We work with Blackfriars to offer our students a work experience placement that can be very varied. Whether it be on the stage or behind the scenes!
Boston Stump are able to offer our students a wide choice of work experience. They have a gift shop, a cafe, Lego church and general meeting and greeting of the public.
Holy Trinity Nursery
Holy Trinity Nursery offers students the chance for work experience in a Caring Profession.