This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s educations or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
Lees Brook Community School uses the Gatesby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Careers and Aspirations programme. As part of our commitment to informing students of the full range of employment, learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to receive requests from training, apprenticeships, employers and vocational educational providers to speak to students. We are particularly interested in hearing from providers in:
• the Digital Skills Sector as it is predicted that in the next two decades, 90% of jobs will require some digital proficiency (‘Digital Skills Crisis’ The Science Committee 2016);
• STEAM employers (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) – combining creative talent with engineering and technology;
• Manufacturing, Gaming, ICT, Construction and Energy;
• Health Professions and Social Care.
These employment sectors are identified as areas of growth in the current and future labour market and the biggest growth in jobs is expected to be in management, professional and technical roles which could make up almost half of all employment (47%) by 2024. (Helping the UK ThriveCBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2017 CB1)
All students in years 8 to 11 and in our Vocational Post 16 Centre, the Skills Academy are entitled to:
• to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers and aspirations programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
• to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions, provider lead workshops and taster events;
• to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses
Management of provider access requests
A provider wishing to request access should contact Alistair Dunn, Assistant Head/Careers and Aspirations Lead:
Telephone 0113 671723;
Opportunities for Access
A number of events integrated into the school career and aspirations programme, will offer providers the opportunity to come into the school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers as outlined below.
Please contact Alistair Dunn, to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.
The school will make the main hall, classrooms, the conference room and small meeting rooms available for discussions and other events between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV, ICT and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resources area in the school library, which is managed by the school librarian. The library is available for students to access literature during lunch times and break times.
Approval and Review
Approved by Governors on 7th July 2018
Next Review July 2019