Future Steps (Careers)
‘Learning to live, learning to earn’
At Broomfield we understand the importance of teaching about careers, however we do not just see it as preparing young people for employment but developing independence and preparing for adulthood, because of this careers is known as ‘Future Steps’.
All students at Broomfield are learning to live, through engaging activities such as: tasting new foods, visiting new places, learning about personal hygiene to developing communication, problem solving and using technology effectively. These activities are just some examples of how students are developing vital skills to live as independently as possible and preparing them for their future steps.
Students in the Semi-Formal and Formal curriculum are also learning to earn which allows them to have the skills to find and sustain employment. Students do this through visiting local businesses and colleges, participating in mock interviews, completing CVs and application forms to understanding money, being able to read and write independently and learning to communicate confidently with a range of people.
All students in Year 9, Year 11 and Post 16 will discuss their future steps with our career's adviser, Richa Aryan. This meeting involves parents, carers and students to discuss the next steps for their child. Our career adviser has lots of knowledge about the near-by provisions which will best suit the young person’s next step in their career. If you have any queries about your child’s future steps do not hesitate to contact Richa Aryan to make an appointment.
As well as this, preparing for adulthood is a golden thread running through school. Everything we do is to help all our young people to be as successful and independent as possible in their Future Steps.
If you would like to find out more about Future Steps, please see our Future Steps Implementation Plan. Future Steps Implementation Plan
Future Steps - Intent Implementation Impact
Future Steps Careers Programme
At Broomfield we have created a Future Steps programme for each curriculum which ensures that every student (from Key Stage 3) can develop life skills, independence, social skills and explores a range of experiences which enables them to be as independent as possible in their Future Steps.
Parents/carers will be invited to careers interviews in school, but can also contact the Careers Adviser at any time.
All pupils will receive independent and impartial advice about all the education, training and employment opportunities on offer, regardless of their individual circumstances: and connected areas such as use of leisure time and money (including grants and benefits) will be included. Careers education will be delivered through the curriculum and links made to all relevant curriculum areas in whole class, small group and individual teaching opportunities.
Individual guidance interviews will be offered to students in Years 9, 11, 13 and 14
Year 9 students
Students and their parents/ carers will be invited to an individual careers meeting with the school careers advisor. It will be explained to parents/ carers that there will be a person centred review for their child later in the year and the purpose of the careers meeting is to prepare a careers report to inform that meeting. The report will include a statement of intent for their continued future provision.
Year 11 students
Students and their parents/ carers will be invited to an individual careers meeting with the Careers Advisor. At the meeting future options for the student will be discussed and if they are leaving school support will be offered with applications etc.
Students and their parents/ carers will be invited to an individual careers meeting with the school careers advisor where they can discuss their future options in order to make informed choices at the beginning of Year 14.
The careers advisor will work with students on an individual or group basis as required in order to assist in reviewing their options, completing application forms and preparing for interviews.
Our school Careers Advisor is Richa Aryan, who is available to see all students in Year 8 and above for a careers interview, with parents/carers invited.
A written report is then produced and sent to parents/carers.
All students to have applied to at least one realistic post-school option six months before they leave. Parents fully involved. Careers Adviser processes most applications and deals with queries.
Destinations monitored for at least three years after students leave to check for NEET. Regular contact with post-school providers such as colleges to see how former students are progressing.
Termly use of Compass monitoring tool and regular contact with Local Enterprise Partnership.
Next review of the information published - 07/07/2022
Broomfield SILC College links
Students can leave school at the end of Year 11 but many of our pupils choose to remain at school into our 6th form provision many until they are 19, but some until they are 17 or 18. This allows students to continue to learn with more of an emphasis on development life skills.
Many of our students attend link courses from school. Most students can go to college for up to three years.
Further Education Opportunities
College courses are differentiated to meet the needs of students. Students have the option to undertake:
Level 3 (courses at A level standard)
Level 2 (courses at GCSE standard)
Level 1 (First level of mainstream courses)
Entry Level 3 (higher level special needs, mainly vocational courses)
Entry Level 2 (sometimes vocational, but also life skills)
Entry Level 1 (mainly life skills but can have vocational units) – some courses here may be described as Pre-Entry level and are for those with higher support needs.
Some courses cut across these levels. The important point is to realise that there will be a college course at an appropriate level for every student. Many students go up these levels while at college – some start at Entry Level but then move to mainstream levels.
In recent years, most of our students have attended college for three years. Some are offered a fourth year.
Recently, colleges have developed more courses aimed at supported employment which often have long term placements. These courses can help students move into work when they leave college.
It is important to realise that colleges have experienced staff to support those with special needs. This includes, teachers, teaching assistants, care staff and, if needed, medical workers. Broomfield staff will liaise with college staff to make sure important information is passed on. Part of this is the Education Health and Care Plan which will be transferred from school to college. The EHCP can be retained until someone is 25 years if they stay in education or training.
Locally the biggest college is Leeds City College which has several sites throughout the city. The sites where courses are based are subject to change. This college is a good option for many of our leavers. Go to www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk for more information (go to Courses and Apprenticeships then Courses and then individual college areas such as Foundation studies.) or ask school for a paper prospectus. On the website they also have details of Open Days. At present, many of the SEN courses are at the Beeston campus. Services within Vine (for students with the highest level of need) are now part of Leeds City College.
Other local colleges include
Swarthmore College (a small college in the city centre – look at www.swarthmore.org.uk and go to Study Programme). This course runs four days a week.
Leeds College of Building (www.lcb.ac.uk). This college runs an EHCP course covering range of trades called Bridge Builder. This course is only briefly mentioned on their website under Inclusive Learning Service. They offer a range of Level 1 courses which can support students who are not quite at this level.
Askham-Bryan College (www.askham-bryan.ac.uk).
The Leeds Campus at Temple Newsam closed in 2017. The college offers a wide range of courses in Animal Care and Horticulture (including some at Entry level) at its York Campus. At present, there is a bus from Leeds City Centre that goes there. Go to Foundation Vocational Programmes then Entry level Independence Programmes. Several of the animal care courses are still at Temple Newsam and now run by Leeds City College.
Wakefield College (in Wakefield and Castleford) www.wakefield.ac.uk Look for FLEX courses and individual study areas.
Kirklees College (www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk)
Bradford College (www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk)
Shipley College (www.shipley.ac.uk)
Future Horizons (in Pudsey and Kirkstall) – for those with higher support needs - can now be funded by education through the EHCP. See www.futurehorizonsleeds.com for more information.
Be aware that college courses normally run three days a week so there may be a need for activities for other days. Social Services may be able to help here (if you have a Social Worker) although part-time employment or volunteering may be good ideas
Transport can still be provided to college. As with school, more young people are being supported to travel independently.
Independent Specialist Colleges
If local college provision is not suitable on educational grounds, it may be possible to attend a specialist college. There are several of these around the country. Go to www.natspec.org.uk for more details and links through to individual college sites. Some places are fairly local and can be attended on a daily basis. These include Camphill Wakefield and Henshaws (near Harrogate with another branch in Bradford for those aiming at employment) which also offer residential provision. Other places are further afield and students will live there during the week and possibly week-ends.
It is normally only possible to get the funding for these places if it can be shown that local provision is not suitable. Therefore, local colleges will be asked to undertake an assessment. Most students can attend local provision. Applying to an independent specialist college can take a long time – so please ask in school if you need more information.
School leavers can still aim for employment after Year 11 as long as the job involves a training programme. Everyone has to be in a place of learning until they are 18. Many of our students benefit from extra time at school and college before aiming at a job.
At school, students will have careers lessons where they will find out about the world of work. Many can also go on work experience where they can get a real taste of a job.
There are several agencies that help people with special needs to find work. These include:
Mencap (www.mencap.org.uk Leeds Royal Mencap, The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, York Road, Leeds LS9 9LU Tel: 0113 827 0058) They offer a programme called Employ Me which supports people into paid employment. They also offer Supported Internships and Traineeships.
SCOPE (www.scope.org.uk i2Office, No. 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds LS12 1BE Tel: 0113 357 0330). They offer a programme called Kick Start for those job ready and one called Starting Line for those who need more support.
Specialist Autism Services (www.specialistautismservices.org Great Northern House, Junction 7 Business Park, Stourton, Leeds LS10 3DQ Tel; 0113 277 5656). Programmes include support to access Apprenticeships.
With the end of Connexions, Leeds City Council now run Jobshops for young people throughout the city – often on One Stop Centres. These can help young people who become unemployed. Aspire-igen (33 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7RD Tel : 0330 111 0035) can also help young people look for work and also run training programmes.
Careerships, Traineeships and Apprenticeships can be hard to access for many of our students. Apprenticeships tend to be offered at Levels 2 or 3. Careerships or Traineeships can aim to raise students’ level and may be available at Level 1 or at Entry Level. Support there may be less that at school or college. This website www.aspire-igen.com has some information – look at aspire2work. NACRO also offer programmes that may suit some of our students (www.nacro.org.uk).
Supported Internships are being developed in Leeds at the present time and will allow schools, colleges and other providers to support young people into long term work placements with the intention of it turning into a paid job. They are available to those 16-25 with an EHCP. We are running them in school and they are also being offered elsewhere including Leeds City College and Lighthouse Futures Trust (www.lighthousefuturestrust.org.uk).
www.startinleeds.com is the new website where all local information is kept. You can also apply to most places from this website.
nationalcareers.service.gov.uk offers advice on line and over the phone. Good section on website with job details – go to Explore Careers.
www.leedslocaloffer.org.uk (range of local options)
www.doinggoodleeds.org.uk (for details on volunteering in Leeds)
www.through-the-maze.org.uk (information on a range of local services for people with learning disabilities)
www.leeds.gov.uk/youthinformationHub (information on a range of topics)
Social Services Provision/ Support for those who may not work
Some of our leavers will not work after they leave school or college. Some may work later on. If you have a Social Worker it would be good to ask them about support they can offer. This could include going to a Fulfilling Lives Centre but also to day services which can include activities in the community with support. Some of this support can be provided directly but you may be able to access Direct Payments where you can buy services yourself. You may be able to access Direct Payments of you have a CAF (Common Assessment Framework) but no Social Worker.
If you do not have a Social Worker it may be worth asking for an assessment to see if your child meets their criteria for support. As children get older needs change – so even if you have not needed this support before you may now. Apart from day provision you may also want to ask about independent living for the future.
The call centre for Leeds Adult Social Services is 0113 222 4401.
Some worthwhile services can be seen at www.aspirecbs.org.uk
Vine is now part of Leeds City College. Courses run three days a week. A few students have attended for five days when Social Services have offered extra funding. Vine offers a last chance of full-time further education although that may not suit everyone.
Future Horizons www.futurehorizonsleeds.com which has centres in Pudsey and Kirkstall and a range of off-site activities. It was started by parents from West SILC and is an alternative to Vine at 19 but can also offer support for days not in Vine and for when vine finishes. It now receives education funding for those with EHCPs.
Affinity Trust (www.affinitytrust.org The Gatehouse, Curtis Buildings, Berking Avenue, Leeds LS9 9LF Tel 0113 468 4460) has a day centre off York Road from which users are supported into off site activities.
Acorns Autism Community Support (www.voyagecare.com/service/acorns-autism-community-support Killingbeck Drive, York Road, Leeds LS14 6UF have a centre with off site activities. For those with autism and learning disabilities.
Leisure and Benefits
Many of our students have plenty do in their spare time through their families, youth clubs, sports etc. However, it may be useful to be aware of some other places.
Leeds Mencap (www.leedsmencap.org.uk)
People in Action (www.peopleinaction.org.uk)
People Matters Leeds (www.peoplemattersleeds.co.uk)
They offer a range of activities for different age groups – from on-site youth clubs to social groups in the community. There is also to City Council Youth Service which operate a number of youth groups.
Many of you will be aware of Disability Living Allowance (now called Personal Independence Payments). However, you should also be aware of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) which, if someone qualifies, can be paid from 16 years even if they are still in SEN education. Some people can get ESA for life while others will get it until they begin to work. It can be paid over and above DLA / PIP but can affect other benefits such as tax credits. Sometimes it is best to begin claiming from 19 years. Go to www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance for more details or ask at local One Stop Centre.
Contact Gordon Kerr if you want more information or have any queries.