Careers guidance and support is an integral part of the curriculum at Dysart for pupils in Year 8 and above.
Claire Stiff has overall responsibility for the careers programme at Dysart. Pupils, parents, teachers and employers can contact Claire by the school office or by email: CStiff@dysartschool.org or telephone: 020 8412 2600
Students participate in a bespoke package of Careers support that is carefully tailored to their individual needs and consistent with the eight Gatsby benchmarks:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Dysart supports Careers development through high quality, personalised, work experience opportunities. The school aims for all students in the 14-19 provision to have at least one experience of a workplace before leaving. The school enjoys high quality relationships with a number of local businesses who provide opportunities for students to work in ‘real’ settings outside of school, as well as establishing links through London Ambitions and The Careers and Enterprise Company.
Through these partnerships, we deliver bespoke packages of work experience for students. Students are typically supported by school staff during work experience placements but the nature and level of support offered differs based on the needs of each individual pupil. We welcome feedback from students, families, employers and other stakeholders on an ongoing basis, continually refining and improving our offer to individual pupils based on this feedback.
As well as work experience opportunities, Dysart supports careers development through close links with a number of local Further Education providers. These include Orchard Hill College and Richmond College. A number of pupils regularly visit FE Providers so that they can experience learning in a different learning environment. Students are encouraged to express a preference in terms of their destinations after leaving Dysart through their EHCP and the review process.
In addition to the above, Dysart’s career programme includes extensive travel training for each student to ensure they can travel safely with as much independence as possible. Travel training is delivered by a senior teaching assistant who holds a recognised Travel Training qualification. Students work individually or in small groups depending on their levels of need on a carefully-structured programme of work that enables them to safely use public transport with greater confidence and independence.
The effectiveness of our careers programme is measured by retrospective feedback from families: feedback obtained in April 2018 from families of students who left Dysart in 2016 and 2017 showed that families were happy with the support given to students and that the destinations were relevant to students’ individual needs. We also measure the effectiveness of our careers programme against a self-evaluation tool devised by The Careers and Enterprise Company against the Gatsby Benchmarks. Based on this tool, as of September 2018, Dysart is 71% compliant with the Gatsby benchmarks; our aspiration is to be fully compliant by September 2020.
Dysart School is committed to providing high quality careers guidance and advice. Our Provider Access Policy (below) gives details of how training providers can visit the school to offer eligible students information and advice about career pathways.