Pathways to Employment

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Ofsted Report, March 2018

"It's brilliant that he's doing so much physical exercise despite his cerebral palsy, and he really likes being taught in such a small group, or one-to-one. The small size of the school is a huge benefit to him."

Parent, July 2016

Pathways to Employment programmes

The Pathways programme is specifically designed for Key Stage 4 and 5 students who would benefit from a bespoke off-site programme.  Unlike our part-time Outreach programmes, Pathways is a full-time programme. It is not therefore an interim solution, and should not be seen as an alternative to the part-time Outreach programme. Pathways to Employment is designed to be a substantial placement, for one or more years. The key elements of the Pathweys  placement are as below. 

The aim of the programme is to maximize students’ employability and independent living skills and give them the best possible chance of securing employment, while minimizing the risk of them becoming NEET. Each individual’s programme would be unique, designed to meet the LA’s (EHCP's) specific objectives for that student, and the individual’s worthwhile aspirations.

The balance of academic and practical activities in each individual’s programme would be decided according to whatever is needed to achieve the agreed short-term aims. If it is necessary to focus initially on practical activities to build trusted staff relationships, to enable the student to subsequently engage academically, then this could be done. Where a student already has a particular job or career in mind, then his / her programme would be tailored to achieve the necessary steps for him / her to succeed in this.  

This programme would be run off-site only, out in the community; not at Cressey College. The locations used would depend on the individual’s programme, but would typically include local libraries, sports facilities and colleges. 

The daily timings would be 0930 – 1430, with the exception of Fridays which would be 0930 – 1130, the rest of the day being for individual study / coursework.     

Subject to advice from the parent / carer, we can where necessary start a student on a reduced programme initially, of perhaps two or three days per week, with a view to increasing to five per week as soon as the individual is able to manage this.

We would normally provide 1:1 staffing. However if necessary we can provide 2:1, if safeguarding considerations dictate. The programme would normally be delivered by a small team of 3-4 teachers and TAs, one (or two) of whom would work with the student each day. Each individual's programme would be supported and overseen by an experienced senior teacher.

Pathways students would be on Cressey’s Roll, and we would provide full Annual Reviews which would be held at Cressey College. We would also support access to multi-agency interventions, if this were to be appropriate.

"I am pleased to say my son is gradually settling into his tuition programme. He is developing a trusting teacher-pupil relationship with (his tutor), who is always friendly, professional and extremely patient with my son."

Parent, January 2016

Pathways Programme Content

The programme content would include a combination of some or all of:

  • Maths & English Functional Skills. All lessons would be at whatever pace and level is right for the individual student;
  • independent living skills and employment skills;
  • work experience placements;
  • relevant OCN Units in a wide range of subjects, and e-learning courses;
  • educational visits, and PE / sporting activities. Subject to practicality, a very wide range of activities is potentially available;
  • vocational courses and or College courses (accompanied by Cressey tutor);
  • job applications and interview technique;
  • qualifying and applying for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card;
  • driving theory, public transport, budgeting, shopping etc.