Careers Information Education and Guidance CIEAG
At Rowan Park the careers curriculum is designed to prepare our students for adult life and help with the decisions which need to be made in relation to future provision and or work.
The curriculum provides a wealth of opportunities for work experience and work related learning, It is tiered through out the school where tasks and learnt abilities are built upon year upon year so that ideas relating to work, self reliance, independence and purposeful activities are embedded once a student leaves Rowan Park.
The Curriculum includes a number of activities and path ways these include: Mini enterprise and profit making activities, experiencing different jobs and places of work in and around the local community. Weekly in school enterprise services such as sandwich shop, soup kitchen and car washing. A work related 'World of Work' day in 16-19. Industrial work experience placements in places of work in the local community.
We have close contact with outside agencies to provide advise help and guidance to students and their families when exploring options and making important decisions through the transition process. One of these links being with Sefton Education and Business Partnership which enables students to experience work in a range of different workplaces matched to student needs and skills.
Key Stage 3
As students enter secondary a greater emphasis is placed on careers and work related learning, Students now begin to have discrete careers lessons. These form part of the curriculum that is taught on a weekly basis.
They are also assessed on their careers knowledge, which in turns forms modules with the ASDAN new Horizons assessment.
Students also begin to take part in weekly enterprise activities, These involve a class business that runs on a weekly basis and is a small profit driven enterprise. At present the businesses are: hot / cold lunch shop for staff, lunchtime soup kitchen.
A number of skills are taught through these activities ranging from independent life skills such as cookery, using tools and equipment, buying ingredients from supermarkets, following instructions, managing money, buying and selling as well as public relations.
Students also begin to visit place of work and get to meet people who help us in the community such as: fire stations and fire men. local shops including back room tours of Tescos in Litherland, Each student will have at least one encounter with employers where their experiences are shred with what it is like to work in a specific field.
It is also a formative time for students and they begin to be lead through the ideas of what they would like to do when leaving education, would they like to have supported work, where would they like to complete work experience, what are their interests and how do these related to purposeful employment or activities.
14- 16 Key Stage 4
Students entering Key Stage 4 now begin to study specific areas of employment and the assessment process begins for the pathway that they will take in sixth form and later when leaving school.
Students begin to work towards ASDAN work right employability accreditation and also complete work related Transition challenge, and Towards Independence and Personal Progress work related learning modules. ASDAN accreditation.
As with Key Stage three they continue to take part in weekly enterprise activities although these now form a part of a days timetable. Skills are taught that builds upon those learnt in Key Stage 3 as well as developing new skill especially independence which will in-turn help in sixth form. At present the KEY 4 class runs a soup kitchen. This entails taking orders, buying ingredients making sandwich s in a hygienic and professional way, packaging and delivery, taking money and accounts.
As with Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to visit places of work and to learn from new people and places.
16 - 19 sixth form
On entering the 16-19 (sixth form) careers, work related learning and next steps now becomes a focus of study for an entire day of the curriculum. Students are now placed in discrete sets with distinctly different pathways.
These students will also have the opportunity for work experience placements in the community where a member of school staff will support the students in their chosen career choice, to date we have had students placed at Tesco's, Dobbies, a Local Cafe, Sovini, and a local regeneration project.