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Careers Education and SEND

It is essential to consider the needs of ALL students.

Students with SEND are the most likely group to be absent or excluded from school according to recent Ofsted findings.  They are also more likely to be NEET and less likely to achieve in their attainment.

 

Key Considerations

  • How is written information presented?  Schools have LMI posters, workbooks, quiz sheets and website info supporting careers planning and activity but is it accessible and relevant for all students? Is it available in other formats where necessary?
  • Is the school recruiting a range of employers/alumni speakers who can share stories about their own challenges regarding disability and how they were overcome?
  • Can the careers workshops and activities delivered in different ways for students who may have sensory sensitivity?
  • How is the SENCO contributing to the planning of events?
  • Is the range of industry sectors relevant to the students that they are being delivered to?
  • is information about accessible pathways and supported employment routes being included?

 

Unless careers leaders are actively coordinating their careers plans with SENDCOs and teachers in ARB units, it’s difficult to say if all student needs are being met.  It is always good practice to involve students in the design and planning of events and co-production with students with SEND is particularly valuable to ensure you are meeting needs

SEND Community of Practice

If you or another person in your organisation would like to become a member of the SEND Community of Practice, please contact Francesco (Frankie) Rigolli. There are termly meetings and newsletters and a sharing of best practice within the SEND community.