OPEN MORNING

Our next open morning will be held on Monday 20th June 2022 at 9.30am. To book your place, please email Karen Hayward at khayward@linksec.org.uk

There will be a talk from the Principal, a tour of the school, and a chance to ask any questions throughout the morning. The open morning is aimed at parents/carers only at this initial stage.

Careers Guidance

Whilst at The Link Secondary School, students learn 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.

The Link Secondary School supports careers development through high quality and personalised work experience opportunities. We enjoy high quality relationships with a number of external organisations and local businesses to provide opportunities for students to work in ‘real’ settings. We are always looking for additional opportunities to inspire and educate our students about the world of work. If you think you could help, please contact admin@linksec.org.uk

Careers Programme

At each stage of the learning journey, students are supported and encouraged to consider their future beyond school. Our Careers Programme details the events we incorporate into every child’s learning, as well as explaining all links to the Gatsby Benchmarks (see below explanation of Gatsby).

The Link Secondary School Careers Programme

Achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks

Careers Leader

Lynn Shah, Science Teacher and Sixth Form Lead is the Careers Leader for our school. She can be contacted via the school office by email: admin@linksec.org.uk or tel: 020 8688 7691.

Hannah Wallwork, Deputy Headteacher for Teaching and Learning has overall responsibility for the careers programme at The Link Secondary School and she can be contacted via the school office by email: admin@linksec.org.uk or tel: 020 8688 7691.

Provider Access Policy

The Link Secondary School is committed to providing high quality careers guidance and advice. Our Provider Access Policy (below) gives details of how training providers can visit the school to offer eligible students information and advice about career pathways.

The Link Secondary School Provider Access Policy

The Gatsby Benchmarks – what are they?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. In order to ensure our students enjoy high quality careers guidance and experiences, we will continue to embed the below eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our Careers Programme in line with DfE expectations.

· 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 Workplaces

· Encounters With Further Education

· Personal Guidance

For more information on the Gatsby benchmarks please click on the following link www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk

At The Link Secondary School, we regularly measure and assess the impact of our careers programme on our pupils. We analyse our destination data and ensure that all our leavers access Education, Employment or Training, alongside this we collect feedback from both current and former students and their families. We also track the progress of our alumni to ensure placements are appropriate and therefore guidance was effective.

On a termly basis we measure the impact our careers programme has using The Careers and Enterprise Company Self-Evaluation Tool, against the Gatsby Benchmarks. At June 2019, The Link Secondary School is 100% compliant with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Further information for students, parents and staff:

· For more information about up-to-date careers advice and guidance, as well as labour markets and future study options, please visit: www.successatschool.org. You can sign up for free to this website. Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get more information on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Parents can visit this site too and discuss the many options open to their child with them. Teachers and staff can also access this site, allowing them to access some fantastic resources that are subject-specific, as well as highlighting links between curriculum and careers.

· You can also find a list of Disability Confident Employers here: The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives. These organisations work closely with young people in their local areas and could provide excellent opportunities for students with special educational needs.

There is a lovely feeling at school, it is always very positive, warm and welcoming – Parent 

 

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