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Virtual Experience of Work for SEND Settings

The pandemic brought disproportionate disruption to SEND settings and pupils (Quantifying learning
loss for pupils in special schools and colleges | Nasen). In response to Career Leaders in SEND
settings concerned about pupils and their families facing transition decisions without being fully
aware of the options available in their areas, our Team decided to explore remote/virtual delivery of
Employer Encounters and Experience of the world of Work, linking to Gatsby BM 5 and 6.

We collaborated with one of our Enterprise Advisers employed within the HR Team at Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske after she offered support to develop inclusive opportunities for pupils with SEND.

We promoted this opportunity within SEND settings from the local area and gathered interest from
an ARB (Richard Lander).

We then linked with Richard Lander’s Career Leader and the Career Coordinator in the ARB to
design, plan and implement an offer for a small group of students.

Working around everyone’s availability and requirements, we agreed on 3 sessions (1hour and 45
minutes each) to be deliver on the same weekday and time over 3 consecutive weeks.

The EA engaged with 3 of her colleagues managing departments which would typically present
opportunities for supported employment: Hospital Porters, Reception and Catering.
Each of the managers were asked to design a task for the students based on their working day, and
they produced the following:

– Clinical Imaging Assistant Activity
– Catering  Assistant Activity
– Receptionist Assistant Activity

We then shared these briefs with the Career Coordinator at Richard Lander who coordinated the
technical side and learning support during the delivery.
Finally, we produced a delivery plan which was agreed with the school and the employer.

The sessions took place on Microsoft Team and were moderated by the EC with the support of the
Enterprise Adviser S.D.

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