Doucecroft School

Doucecroft school has a strong ethos on the preparation for adult life and ensuring that our pupils have the very best opportunities to lead fulfilled adult lives.  

The link below is a presentation for parents explaining the process for Preparing for Adulthood.  

Moving into Adulthood Information for Parents

Careers - Lindsay Hansford, Careers Leader 

Since we returned to school after the Easter break, we have started to see green shoots appearing – and I don’t just mean in nature! We have seen a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions which has enabled our pupils to start exploring the world outside school or having visitors into school, to demonstrate and talk about what they do. For example

  • During the Easter break, two of our leavers had the opportunity to visit their intended college at last. They have been invited back for a transition day during the May half term holiday.
  • Some of our Transition Hub students have been able to return to Butterfly Lodge, to resume their Wellies On programme ( see photos). There are lots of new, hungry mouths to feed on the farm, which have kept our pupils busy.

  • We have had the Lost in Translation Theatre group in school who delivered workshops to pupils as well as performing a play. The workshops were also an opportunity for pupils to find out more about the career journeys of the performers and the skills that they use in their work.

I also want to say a big “thank you” to all those parents and carers who responded so positively to my email request for help. Some have volunteered their services to help with mock interviews while others have provided contacts to organisations who can help our pupils have more encounters with employers.

 I am in the process of setting up some exciting interactions with employers eg an interactive presentation from Transport for London about their Steps into Work programme and staff from Sizewell B coming into school during Science week to run sessions with our pupils. These encounters really bring learning to life and help our pupils increase their awareness of the opportunities open to them.

My contact details are [email protected] or you could contact the Link Governor for Careers, Barbara Greer on [email protected]

A guide to our careers programme is available here for students

A guide to our careers programme is available here for parents

2021/2022 Academic Year Programme

Positive Career Outcomes For SEND Students

Responses To Our Consultation With Parents On Our Careers Programme

Responses To Our Consultation With Employers On Our Careers Programme

Our Provider Access Policy can be viewed here

The websites listed below can assist you to explore possibilities for the future with your son/daughter.

Information for all students, parents and carers

National Careers Service website, free to use


Apprenticeship website


Apprenticeship Parents Newsletters - See Post 16 Options for students with SEND sections

July 2021

April 2021

December 2020

November 2020

Government website explaining when students can leave school


Government website which helps students to find traineeships. These, in turn can lead onto an apprenticeship


Useful website explaining how to find an apprenticeship



Tips on finding a good apprenticeship


Good explanation of how apprenticeships are structured


How to get additional help to access work if you have a disability of any kind


This lists all organisations that have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme

Information about financial support for students and their families

Information about financial assistance for students in education

Young people focused site with career information on jobs within the NHS

Free online library of careers related film, news and information

 Information about university courses

Post 16 Child Benefit Information


DOSH Financial Advocacy



Information for Essex students, parents and carers

The local offer from Essex: this is your starting point


Essex Opportunities Portal

A parents guide to services in North East Essex

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Adult Community Learning, supported learning

Colchester Institute

Chelmsford College

Seevic College

Thriftwood College

Writtle University College 

To find out about opportunities to do voluntary work


Independent parent carer forum for the whole of Essex


Specific support aimed at people with autism, from Essex County Council


Local groups in Essex for people with autism


Designed to give you an understanding of your personality and the career areas that you would be best suited to.


Labour market information for Essex

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Careers guide for young people


Information for Suffolk students, parents and carers 

The Local Offer for Suffolk: this is your starting point

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Suffolk Parent And Carer Network

 Suffolk New College ( this now includes what used to be Otley College)

West Suffolk College


A quiz to generate a few ideas


Find a job or career in Suffolk based on your specific interests


Suffolk County Council’s Post 16 travel policy


Organisations offering volunteering opportunities within Suffolk



Labour market information for Suffolk

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