Careers at Thomasson Memorial School
(Based on Gatsby Benchmark)
Thomasson Memorial School is committed to working with “Connexions” in planning for the next stages of a pupil’s life once they have left Thomasson. As part of the Connexions/Thomasson partnership within the school a named careers advisor, meets regularly with all pupils from Year 9 onwards. Transition is planned so that a pupil’s preferences, ambitions and ideas can be noted. Parents’ views are also taken into account and the transition plan puts the pupil and family at the centre of the process.
The Connexions advisor leads on processes for Post 16 education and programmes, she introduces pupils to the options available to them, further study, employment and apprenticeships.
Connexions and School help parents and pupils attend F.E. college open days and interviews.
Pupils are taught how to research and search for information where cognitive ability allows. E-Safe practices when using search engines are used.
Pupils have access to careers and further education information through the Connexions advisor’s input.
Naturally, the information is adapted to meet the needs of the pupils and by Year 9 and all pupils can access specialist advice. Parents are encouraged to maintain contact with the service so that they are aware of all possible routes available to them.
The school has an organised programme of work experience adapted to meet the needs of the pupils at Thomasson, through local employers and colleges.
Pupils are taught money skills within the curriculum. Pupils also learn about their local area and opportunities there.
The school recognises that pupils have different needs at different stages of their development. A recognition of the school’s diversity and equality of opportunity are embedded in school and Connexions’ practice.
The transition plan and annual reviews records individual advice, guidance and next steps. Connexions also keep records. Pupils have access to an ELSA in school.
Communication, literacy and numeracy are at the heart of the school’s curriculum. Pupils in KS4 all follow ‘Pathways’ suited to their needs whether that is in Thomasson or mainstream.
PSHE Units and WJEC Awards cover money skills, life skills, enterprise, horticulture and gardening, basic cooking skills, all of which will help future career options.
The Connexions service visits the school for discrete sessions from Year 9 onwards.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum also cover careers, the workplace, the local area, money and life skills.
Enrichment activities throughout the year are connected and integral to the curriculum.
All secondary aged pupils perform duties around the school on a rota.
All pupils in KS4 will be considered for a meaningful work experience with a local employer or college.
In Years 7 and 8 the PSHE programme explores pupils’ ideas and ambitions, developing what ‘going to work’ means, what jobs people do and how to contribute to society. At primary level pupils study “people who help us”.
Science and technology subjects are integral to the curriculum plans across the key stages.
Work experience is sought for all pupils: In the past pupils have worked at local farms, shops and leisure centres. Feedback from local employers is inevitably positive.
The curriculum at KS4 provides pupils with a meaningful, relevant personalised curriculum and a wide range of learning opportunities.
Throughout the KS4 years, Connexions staff help to advise parents and pupils about what is locally available and will help parents with F.E applications, open day visits and interviews.
The PSHE programme is tailored to individual needs.
Pastoral support across the school is individualised according to need. There are many opportunities for individual guidance and support. The school has high staffing ratios. All pupils have an individual curriculum and personal targets.Pathways/options are carefully reviewed for pupils with staff and parents. There is an annual Pathways evening.The school works with outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy Service and NDCAMHS support pupils. Our Connexions adviser can be contacted on 0800 052 5559
At Thomasson Memorial School 100% of students take up Post 16 education.
Past pupils have attended the following colleges:
If you require further information on careers contact Miss Reynolds on 01204 333253 ex 158 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomasson Memorial School, Devonshire Road, Bolton BL1 4PJ Thomasson Secondary Provision, Sharples School, Hill Cot Road, Bolton BL1 8SN
01204 333118 or 0773 1673339
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