Preparation for Life after Oak Grove College

Oak Grove College Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme builds on OGC’s holistic, person centred approach and recognises that outcomes for our students will vary significantly, according to their needs and level of achievement; ranging from full-time paid employment to full-time care and supported living.

The careers lead for Oak Grove College is Mike Spain. If students, parents and carers or employers have any comments, feedback, suggestions or would like to get involved in our careers programme, please contact

Structure for subject-based learners:

Year 7
  • Students are baselined to determine their individual needs and begin their learning journey at OGC, focusing on building core skills that will support them longer-term in developing independence and accessing further education, training and employment, as appropriate.
  • Most students will have the opportunity to take part in transition activities which focus on communication and teamwork skills.
  • Subject-based learners will follow an emotional literacy (EL) programme which will focus in part on developing their capacity for resilience.
Year 8
  • Students continue to develop resilience and self-management skills through the EL programme.
  • Subject-based learners will complete a module in work related learning as part of their Personal Development (PD) programme which introduces them to the concepts of personal qualities and skills, how these are linked to employment and how they can be developed.
Year 9
  • Work Related Learning continues to feature in the PD programme in Year 9.
  • Students apply and develop their ability to reflect and self-assess in preparing for their annual review meeting which focuses on the transition from Key Stage 3 to 4.
  • In preparation for making their option choices for Year 10, students have an individual guidance interview and the opportunity to attend Year 9 Options Evening. They are encouraged to consider where their chosen subjects might take them post-16 and the implications for future choices and possible employment.
Year 10
  • Students complete a Work Related Learning module in PD focusing on understanding the local labour market, entry requirements for different areas of employment and developing the necessary knowledge, skills and qualities.
  • Students gain insight into further education, vocational learning and the workplace through attending Greater Brighton Metropolitan (Northbrook) College (GMBC), Brinsbury College and The Sand Project where the focus is on developing work related skills in a café environment. They will spend one term in each of these settings.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in virtual encounters with local employers, gain insight into applications processes and develop understanding of apprenticeships through the ASK programme.
  • Students will be invited to a ‘Transition Evening’ in school attended by local FE and post-16 providers and local employers and will be offered the possibility of attending local careers events both in and out of school as they arise.
  • Students opting for Personal Development and Employability Skills in Year 10 and 11 will have the opportunity to develop their work related skills in areas such as communication, teamwork and running an enterprise project. This course is accredited through the Prince’s Trust.
Year 11
  • The focus in Year 11 is on making informed choices with an eye on transition to post-16 provision. They will explore further options for Year 12 and beyond, action planning for specific goals and explore careers related resources.
  • Year 11 students will complete year two of their GBMC/Brinsbury/SAND Project rotation.
  • They will benefit from the support outlined above through the ASK programme and consider different role models among young people in employment.
  • Students will have the opportunity to undergo an individual guidance interview with someone other than their teacher based on their choices for post-16 and areas of interest.
  • Students will be invited to a ‘Transition Evening’ in school attended by local FE and post-16 providers and local employers and will be offered the possibility of attending local careers events both in and out of school as they arise.

After students have left there is annual monitoring to track their progress. This will inform OGC as to the effectiveness and suitability of local routes to employment and help create better guidance for the future.


The Careers Lead ensures that the Careers Programme is established, maintained and developed, that work experience takes place as conditions allow, that PD modules are delivered and that monitoring is kept up to date. The Careers Lead also reports to the Head, SLT and Management Committee regarding progress for students and for the college in achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Senior Teachers for Key Stages 3 and 4 have responsibility to ensure the development and delivery of the PD (Careers) programme to all students.

The Lead for the Sixth Form (curriculum) has responsibility for oversight of the Sixth Form curriculum in respect of the delivery of Careers, Work Related Learning and Enterprise.

Hello Inclusion Board

Coast to Capital has created the following careers specific board with links to various organisations/providors. It also includes advice for our young people folowing the framework of the Gatsby Benchmarks.


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National Careers Week 1st – 6th March

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. 

To mark NCW, we have included activities below to help older students in thinking about their next steps and to develop their CV writing skills. To encourage younger students to focus on the world of work, there is an A-Z of job roles research activity which students can develop further by finding out more details about a job of interest to them.


Links with FE Colleges

Students are given the opportunity to attend one day link courses with either Northbrook or Brinsbury College. By building in some time at an FE college the students become familiar with the structure and surroundings as well as gaining an insight into possible courses available to them when they leave Oak Grove.

In Yr 10 and 11, students in Marvel, Avatar and Da Vinci spend one day a week at GB Met, Brinsbury College and the SAND Project to enable students to start to manage and cope with transitions and be better informed when it comes to making choices for Post 16 and 19 provision.

Work Experience

Alongside the academic studies the students undertake, in the last year of their course they are offered the opportunity of a one day a week work experience placement in an area of work as close to their aspirations as can be arranged.

During this placement the students are expected to take responsibility for their travel and attendance. Students are expected to travel independently to and from the placement (whether this be by public bus or family support) and keep in contact with their supervisor should they be unable to come to work.

This opportunity develops students’ skills for life after school through enhancing their confidence in a community based environment. It also develops their knowledge of what it is like to work.

Below is short video of some of our Sixth form students describing their experiences of Work experience this year 


Enterprise forms a part of the Sixth Form curriculum which is designed to aid transition from education by developing life skills through working as a team to set up and run a business or social enterprise.

Students have the opportunity to work as part of a team and take on a job role to be responsible for an area of the business such as Finance, Sales or Marketing. In the team students will manage money, open a bank account and learn to interact with customers and business people. These experiences help develop their skills as well as providing further insights into how the world outside Oak Grove operates.

Personal Development and Support

Students are also prepared for life after Oak Grove through tutor support. In addition to things like preparing CVs and evaluating likes and dislikes, tutors will advise students and their support network on possible next steps through Annual Reviews, guest speakers and visits to local adult provisions. There is also a yearly Transition ‘Fair’ where a great many adult providers from West Sussex and beyond have a stall and are available to discuss options.

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