The School employs a level 6 qualified, independent and impartial careers adviser who works with Key Stage 5 students to ensure they are able to make an informed choice about their next steps. The adviser will see all of our Key Stage 5 students in their last year with us on a rotating basis every 2 weeks. Our careers advisor also provides intensive careers advice and works with students who have been identified as potential NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). The adviser will inform students about the opportunities that providers have, and when needed, additional support is provided to complete application forms together for those selected college or apprenticeship placements. The Young Adults Disabilities Team, Adults Social Care also provides additional support to parents and families throughout this transition process.

Procedure of access requests:
A provider wishing to request access should contact Sue Whawell (Tel No. 01455 634 582 or email: Local providers are invited to key relevant events that are held at Dorothy Goodman School. When holding a  parents evening we would, for example, invite traineeship & apprenticeship providers, colleges and other relevant groups to our moving on fair. We encourage other providers who are interested in coming into the School to contact Sue Whawell to identify the most suitable opportunity.

The Dorothy Goodman School policy on safeguarding sets out the School’s approach to allowing providers into the School as visitors to talk to our students. At all times we ensure that there are no issues of safeguarding and that our students are always completely safe whilst meeting or speaking to external providers.

The programme is supported by the careers strategy which in turn is derived from the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of the workplace
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance