At EOTAS we pride ourselves in exceeding the Government’s Statutory Guidance. Pupils have opportunities to engage in Career activities from Year 7 through to Year 11
Programmes within the Curriculum are planned and delivered based on the needs of the pupils, raising aspirations and providing them with the tools and information to make informed decisions about their futures.
Transition to Post-16 Education, Training or Employment With Training
By Law, all young people must now remain in education, training or employment with training until the age of 18. EOTAS has successfully secured apprenticeships, college placements and education with training providers for 100% of pupils that are engaged in education for the past three years. All pupils receive one to one Careers sessions with the Careers Co-ordinator in order for them to make informed and realistic decisions about their post-16 options. Pupils are supported throughout the process including applications, interviews and transition support, ensuring that the transition from school to post-16 education, training or employment with training is as smooth and successful as possible. Support continues to be provided while pupils settle in and adjust to their new surroundings. Careers Co-ordinators are available to all parents of Year 11 pupils to ensure that they are aware of the process and of any help that is available to them, as a family.
At EOTAS we have a successful Work Experience Programme for pupils in Year 10 and Year 11 who are identified as benefitting from this opportunity.
Work Experience is an opportunity for pupils to engage in an adult environment in order to aid with the decision making process of their future pathways. Pupils experience the world of work in order to progress, develop life skills in preparation for the future, develop self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence. The Work Experience Programme has proved that it can increase a motivated attitude to education and raise aspirations along with developing positive relationships with peers and adults in formal settings and encourages tolerance, respect and sensitivity to the needs and values of others.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for the way they deal with Work Experience, as it can often be challenging when they are not in their comfort zone.
In partnership with other organisations, EOTAS organises an annual Careers Event, “One Step Closer to Success”. All Year 10 and Year 11 pupils visit the event, where they meet with employers, Colleges and training providers to enable them to gather information in order for them to make an informed decision about their future pathways. The event is informal, providing pupils with an environment in which they can speak to providers and assess what is available for them when they leave school.
Every year pupils have a unique opportunity to spend time at local Colleges and try their hand at different subjects. Pupils engage well and this experience provides with an in-sight into College life. This is available for all pupils in Year 10.
All pupils at the Stratton and Riverside Centres have the opportunity to visit local employers and sometimes try their hand at an activity during their visit.
Employers allow pupils to have a look around local businesses and get an idea of what jobs might be available to them later in life when they finish their education.
All pupils from Year 7 through to Year 11 enjoy these trips and it encourages forward thinking and raises aspirations, sometimes enabling a pupil to make a decision about what they would like to do when they leave school.
PSHE through visitors to EOTAS centres provide pupils with information relating to their Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. Pupils engage well with this and enjoy the opportunities provided by external agencies within their classroom environment.
Each academic year, places are made available for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils to attend Swindon College to try various courses of their choice, most pupils in both year groups take advantage of this. This a successful, supported Programme delivered by the College with support from EOTAS staff. Pupils engage well and are provided with the opportunity to make decisions for their futures and progress emotionally in an adult environment. The expectations are high and most pupils rise to the challenge. Those that excel can progress to gain a qualification along with a positive reference in order for them to progress to a post-16 course of their choosing.
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