Careers Education at Dysart School

By Fiona Wilkins - March 7th, 2024 | Posted in Article

This week is National Careers Week and it is a great time to reflect on the careers opportunities we are able to offer to our students throughout the year as well as celebrate the special careers events that take place during the week. 

Our careers provision was recently independently audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company, which is the national body for careers education in England, supporting schools, special schools and colleges to deliver modern, 21st century careers education. 

The report concluded, “The provision is underpinned by integrity and a fierce ambition for the students to achieve meaningful long-term social inclusion.” 

The term ‘career’ at Dysart does not necessarily mean paid employment, but instead a purposeful destination on leaving school, equipping students with the skills they need for the next stage of their life. 

As part of the school’s Careers Week activities, we held a Job Fair attended by students in Key Stages 3, 4 &5. During class time we have also been exploring our unique skills and interests and how they may be related to jobs in the community. We have been encouraging students to embrace their potential and set their sights on a future that will make them feel fulfilled and happy. 

Work experience is an important way for young people to try different ‘careers’ but it can be hard for young people with SEND to gain work experience. So the school provides opportunities for students to apply for jobs and gain valuable experience on site. This has included students applying for support roles in the premises or admin team and providing hospitality at events such as open mornings.  

Post-14 students run the Dysart Delights Pop Up café at nearby Christ Church on Surbiton Hill every Monday morning between 10-11.30am during term time. Students also run a Snack Shop in school and help with other tasks around school such as delivering resources and collecting recycling or washing up.  

We encourage regular activities off site in the local community. These can include shopping trips or journeys on public transport. We encourage a thriving Enterprise culture whereby class groups produce handmade goodies to sell at events to other students and their families. 

Last year students helped to host a charity fundraiser at Langley’s Restaurant. Students took on various roles from designing menus, laying the tables and greeting the dinner guests. Our enterprising students even set up a stall selling hand decorated biscuits with the profits going towards a class trip. 

If you would like to find out more about Careers education at Dysart School please visit the Careers Guidance page on the school website. 

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