Doucecroft School

The new school year is well underway, although some of our usual careers and transition activities have had to be put on hold or adapted, due to Covid restrictions.

Working in partnership with other special schools, I am putting together a virtual transitions event by obtaining short videos from colleges, training organisations, community activity providers etc. I have also been working with staff to create voluntary work opportunities with school, for our pupils.

We have a new careers database for pupils -and their parents/carers- to use. It’s called JED – Job Explorer Database. I have emailed a link to this database and access code to the parents/ carers of our Key Stage 3 and Transition Hub pupils, however, if any other parents would like this information, just let me know.

Although we are trying to keep visitors to a minimum, we can still allow people on site ( with masks and socially distanced), so if you – or anyone you know- could spare the time to come in to talk about your job or get involved in activities with our pupils, please let me know.

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

2020/2021 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

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


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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