CMS Careers Strategy

At Cleeve Meadow School students are taught the skills and attitudes required to enable them to become as independent as they can be and to prepare for adulthood. We aim for Students to have an enriched and stimulating curriculum to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of their gender, race, learning disability or physical disability.

Rationale and commitment to careers education, information, advice and guidance.

At Cleeve Meadow School careers education, information, advice and guidance is a priority in ensuring Students leave with the right tools and values to help prepare them for adulthood. We support students to consider their future options, realise their potential and decide how their skills and experiences fit with opportunities in the job market. We prepare students for their preferred transitional pathway whether that is to continue with further education, employment, training or living independently and we use a person-centred approach in our delivery method. We are fully committed to our statutory and moral obligation to provide a holistic careers service to students identified in Year 8 onwards, highlighting the vocational and academic routes to their preferred careers path. We ensure that students are inspired and motivated for the world of world, ensuring high achievable aspirations are considered for a range of careers available. Our Careers Strategy works alongside our PSHE policy and the Skills Builder programme.

We work closely with the local authority due to the vulnerable nature of our students who all have special education needs and disabilities with Education, Health and Care plans in place, ensuring that we know of all the services available to support students, to access these and share this knowledge amongst our community. We all share the presumption that for many of our young people with special educational needs and disabilities are capable of sustaining paid employment with the right preparation and support.

We underpin our strategy with the Gatsby Benchmark  and with the National Careers Council objectives and DfE Guidnace (Oct 2018)in order  to:

  • Ensure that all students understand the range of career routes open to them and how to access information necessary to underpin informed choices
  • Make available face-to-face guidance to all Students from Year 8 onwards
  • Have strong links with employers who are able to contribute to Students’ education by raising their awareness and giving insights about the range of careers open to them 
  • Have access to high-quality and up-to-date labour market intelligence (LMI) and information about all education and vocational education training routes pre- and post-16  
  • Help young people develop competences to be able to transfer their knowledge and skills, be resilient and adaptable within changing sectors and economies
  • Work with parents to raise awareness about career routes and to challenge stereotypes
  • Have access to quality-assured careers providers and professionally qualified career development professionals to provide face-to-face guidance
  • Ensure that all leavers have a planned progression route
  • Integrate career management skills into a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • We are committed to reducing the number of 13-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) by ensure this strategy is embedded in our practices.

We have engaged in the Skills Builder Programme and are introducing a theme across the school each half term in order to develop the development of student skills for the workplace and success in life. Students are exposed to opportunities to develop their skills both within subject and in learning outside of the classroom. The programme develops the 6 essential skills for the workplace as below.


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