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 last updating this section, we have taken some of our Transition Hub pupils to visit Chelmsford College, Colchester Institute (both their Colchester and Braintree campuses) and Suffolk New College’s Rural campus. These visits help our pupils to experience a larger, busier environment as well as finding out about the courses available to them.

 

Our young people often need more support from parents and carers than those in mainstream which is why it is so important for parents and carers to be well informed about opportunities but also about how their young person’s rights and responsibilities change as they become adults. For this reason, Emma Mitchell, our Family Liaison Officer and myself worked with Barbara Greer from Essex Family to Family Network to arrange a series of workshops for parents using the “Thinking Ahead” guide. The feedback from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive.

 

Each day, at least one pupil from the Transition Hub is going out on work experience with Wednesdays being particularly busy. We have some new providers – Kingsland Church café in Colchester and Re-Create in Ipswich. Jim and I continue to source new providers and hope to announce more after Easter.

 

The Spring term has been busy with both National Apprenticeship week and National Careers week falling in this term. National Careers week saw us having visitors to deliver a day on the theme of Renewable Energy and Essex Young Farmers delivered an amazing Farming Day including bringing a combine harvester, various tractors and some lambs into school. The weather was kind to us and all the pupils (and staff!) had a fantastic day.

Since September, more opportunities have opened up for our pupils to gain experiences of workplaces, plus the chance to develop their transferrable skills. I have been joined in careers work by my colleague, Jim, who is helping to source bespoke, individual placements which match pupils’ aspirations.

We recently invited some of our former pupils back to school for a reunion. This gave our current Transition Hub pupils the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about life beyond Doucecroft. It was really inspiring to see how well our former pupils are getting on – we’re very proud of them all!

 

 

After October half term, we will start to take Transition Hub pupils on visits to local colleges as carrying on in education is one of the options available to them after Doucecroft.

 

I have also revised our Careers Policy and Programme, both of which were recently approved by our Governors. There is also a pupil-friendly version of the policy in this section of the website.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact me on [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

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

 

Apprenticeship website

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

 

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

https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school

 

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

https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

 

Useful website explaining how to find an apprenticeship

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2020/03/Find-an-apprenticeship_LAH.pdf

 

 

Tips on finding a good apprenticeship

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2019/09/Parent-Pack-June-Pg7-Good-Apprenticeship.pdf

 

Good explanation of how apprenticeships are structured

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2019/09/Parent-Pack-June-Pg6-off-the-job-training.pdf

 

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

https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

 

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disability-confident-employers-that-have-signed-up

Information about financial support for students and their families

 

https://workingfamilies.org.uk/publications/from-child-to-adult/

Information about financial assistance for students in education

www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund

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

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk

Free online library of careers related film, news and information

https://www.careersbox.co.uk/

 Information about university courses

www.ucas.com

Post 16 Child Benefit Information

www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19

 

DOSH Financial Advocacy

https://www.dosh.org/

 

 

Information for Essex students, parents and carers

The local offer from Essex: this is your starting point

http://www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk/

 

Essex Opportunities Portal

www.essexopportunities.co.uk

A parents guide to services in North East Essex

Click Here To View

Adult Community Learning, supported learning

http://www.aclessex.com/

Colchester Institute

https://www.colchester.ac.uk/

Chelmsford College

https://www.chelmsford.ac.uk/

Seevic College 

www.uspcollege.ac.uk

Thriftwood College

www.thriftwoodschool.com

Writtle University College

https://writtle.ac.uk/ 

To find out about opportunities to do voluntary work

http://www.volunteeressex.org/

 

Independent parent carer forum for the whole of Essex

https://essexfamilyforum.org/about/meet-the-team/

 

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

https://www.essex.gov.uk/autism/Support-for-people-with-autism

 

Local groups in Essex for people with autism

https://www.essex.gov.uk/autism/local-groups-for-people-with-autism

 

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

https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/Develop/CareersQuiz.aspx

 

Labour market information for Essex

Click Here

Careers guide for young people

https://www.whatsyourthing.org.uk/

 

Information for Suffolk students, parents and carers 

The Local Offer for Suffolk: this is your starting point

Click Here

Suffolk Parent And Carer Network

https://spcn.org.uk/

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

https://www.suffolk.ac.uk/

West Suffolk College

https://www.wsc.ac.uk/

 

A quiz to generate a few ideas

https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/Develop/CareersQuiz.aspx

 

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

https://www.icanbea.org.uk/

 

Suffolk County Council’s Post 16 travel policy

https://www.suffolkonboard.com/content/downloadstream/8564/34176/Post-16+Travel+Policy+2019-2020.pdf

 

Organisations offering volunteering opportunities within Suffolk

www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

 

 

https://volunteersuffolk.org.uk/

 

 

Labour market information for Suffolk

Click Here

Fairview Farm – Care farm just outside Ipswich for 16 to 30 year olds

www.fairviewfarm.org   

Indigo Opportunities – quite a new provision started by a lady who worked for Leading Lives

www.indigo-opportunities.org.uk 

Inclusive Opportunities

Only on Facebook and no website. Started by two ladies who worked at the Bridge School, they seem to be offering after school and holiday provision at Stonham Barns

Leaps Suffolk – provides Holiday, Saturday, Out Not In and Residential opportunities for young people in Suffolk.

www.leapsssuffolk.org.uk