Careers at Every Level

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The Careers Programme at Tettenhall Wood School includes the following:

  • Regular, quality Work Experience to include a variety of internal and external work placements including local businesses and organisations. Work placements are designed to be purposeful and challenging and support students with their career and transition aspirations.

  • Access to independent careers advice and Guidance –Tettenhall Wood are supported by Connexions who will visit the school regularly to provide Group Workshops and 1:1 meeting with pupils. Pupils (and/or their parents/carers) may request a meeting at any time but all will be provided with one planned 1:1 meeting each academic year (where appropriate for the pupil).

  • Access to an Enterprise Adviser (when available) –We are working with The Careers and Enterprise Company to secure the support of an Enterprise adviser; a representative from local business who will provide advice and guidance to pupils and help with the engagement of other local companies and organisations.

  • Access to local Career Fairs (where appropriate for the pupil).

  • Advice and guidance on Apprenticeships and supported employment options from local organisations (e.g. through organisations such as Enable and the Department of Work and Pensions).

  • Participation in Preparing For Adulthood – once per academic year we invite a wide range of employers and specialists into the college to speak to pupils about their job roles, skills and experiences, how they achieved their careers goals and what the pupils can do if they are interested in that line of work.

  • Support with CV writing, skills audits, job searches, application forms and interview skills etc. will be provided within the classroom taught as part of pupil’s accreditation/qualifications.

  • Signposting to as many relevant external organisations and information providers as possible (website links –Separate page for useful links).

  • Experiential work education for pupils with needs which would make paid employment more challenging.


Career Pathways Year 8-14

Below are the links to the accreditation and qualification organisations we use. Further information can be found on the Long Term Overviews, where the Gatsby Benchmarks are mapped to ensure that a stable careers programme is delivered to our young people.

At Tettenhall Wood School we are committed to providing all our learners with a comprehensive programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning. 


The main aims of the Careers Programme at Tettenhall Wood are to:

  • Inspire the learners and raise their aspirations

  • Consider all possible transitional pathways including paid or voluntary employment, training/apprenticeships, independent living etc

  • Build the pupils’ skills and experiences to support and prepare them for their chosen pathway

  • Provide independent careers advice and guidance, ensuring pupils are aware of all the available options and opportunities

  • Inform and communicate with parents/carers so that together we can support our young people to reach their full potential

  • Support work based learning with a fully integrated and stimulating curriculum both in and out of the classroom

Sensory Pathway Accreditation

Sensory/Formal Pathway Qualification route

Curriculum Overviews for each class can be found in the Curriculum area of the website, The Moving On pathway 16 is mapped with the Gatsby Benchmarks and below are the opportunities that are provided as part of our careers programme.

What opportunities are provided to allow access to pupils?

Via our school careers programme, we offer providers numerous opportunities throughout the school year to speak to pupils and/or their parents. Our annual schedule of events is as follows:

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Career Benchmarks form the basis of the government’s new Careers strategy and its standards represent the very best practice in careers education. There are eight benchmarks against which all schools and colleges careers programmes will now be measured. The link below is specific guidance for SEND and how the individual benchmarks can be met, the benchmarks are cross referenced to ensure all aspect are met.