Wargrave House School, based in Newton-le-Willows, has announced a new careers strategy that will see it further strengthen careers education, information, advice and guidance.
The school’s motto, ‘on a journey together, learning about life’, is echoed in its personalised careers approach through effective planning, listening, and responding to a learner’s individual needs.
The in-house therapy service, Sundial Therapy, works in partnership with the school’s education team to cultivate a holistic learning environment that supports learners to develop the skills, knowledge and tools for their career journeys.
The school’s ambitious plans are already in motion, and they have established a network of local employer partners who will work with learners to educate them on the pathways available.
Yvette Carr, careers lead at Wargrave House School, commented on how investment in a careers quality mark will help further demonstrate the school’s commitment to careers.
She said: “We recently invested in the careers quality mark working alongside Careers Connect to demonstrate our commitment to careers and our young people.
“Our main goal is to develop a long-term management plan embedded in every aspect of learning. We have made huge strides in developing our careers service, work experience offering and business links to help us deliver a truly exceptional careers programme.”
Head Teacher at Wargrave House School, Carl Glennon, said: “Our school improvement plan places an emphasis on careers and transition and will see us drive up standards and further establish a robust and effective careers programme.
“It is vital that we prepare our learners for their futures and best equip them with the skills, tools and knowledge to pursue their career aspirations.”
According to data collected by the National Autistic Society, there are only 3 in 10 autistic individuals in employment across the UK.
Carl added: “There is a significant misconception around autistic individuals in the workplace, which is something we are committed to challenging. Through high-quality, effective CEIAG, we can educate our learners on the wealth of opportunities available to them and support them to start building foundations for the future.
“The autism employment gap is a serious concern, and there needs to be a collaborative effort to tackle the gap. For employers, neurodiversity not only offers a new pool of talent, but a greater diversity of thought within a workforce and its teams.”
CEO of Remarkable Autism Charity, Robin Bush, said: “It is fantastic to see the team at Wargrave House School implementing new processes and measures to further enhance careers education for learners.
“At Remarkable, we are on a mission to empower autistic individuals to live happy, independent, and fulfilled lives. Each of our provisions pushes the boundaries and is helping us to redefine what is possible.”