Aims & Vision
Bradfields Academy aims to deliver high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to young people with special educational needs, in a meaningful and appropriate way, according to individual needs and circumstances.
Our vision is to increase the opportunities our students have of finding quality, paid employment in later life.
All students have an Education, Health and Care Plan [EHCP] review meeting each year. As part of this, future plans around education, careers, independence and aspirations for adult life are discussed, identifying an appropriate level for the individual student in question and guiding them towards pathways to achieve their future ambitions.
A copy of the Career Policy that identifies the Academies Vision Aims and Purpose along with students entitlement can be found on our Policies page.
In order to support students to achieve their aspirations, careers education, information, advice and guidance at Bradfileds Academy consists of the following elements:
- Life Skills and Employability lessons to support students to identify their skills, interests and talents, including CV writing, interview techniques and applications.
- Work Related Learning opportunities offering meaningful vocational experiences on site.
- Both on and off Site Work Experience at local businesses and charities suitable to an individual student’s needs and capabilities.
- Support from Bradfields and external agencies, with job coaching and planning the next steps after leaving the academy.
- Independent and impartial careers interviews.
- Financial literacy and budgeting, where appropriate for students.
- A dedicated Student Transition Coordinator who runs all our Annual Reviews and helps advise students and parents on future options available to them.
Full details of the careers programme for each individual Key Stage can be found in the Academy Careers Provision Map
Information on how external education and training providers can gain access to Bradfields’ students can be found in the Provider Access Policy. Our policies can be found on our Policies page.
Year 9 students decide on their options in the spring term prior to starting Year 10. Students are provided with support and guidance to help ensure choices made support their future career ambitions and aspirations.
The range of these 2 year courses can be found in the Key Stage 4 curriculum section of our website, located here.
Year 11 students decide on their options for Post 16 in the spring prior to starting Year 12. At this stage, they will join one of two pathways. If students are considering further education when they leave the academy, and there is a realistic possibility that they will be able to go into a course that is of a higher level than they are studying at Bradfields, then they will be placed on a learning pathway which will give them more choices of academic subjects to follow. If students know that they want to go into employment or it is felt that it is unrealistic to be going on to further education then they will have a place on the employability pathway.
Details of the options available for these two pathways can be found within the two Curriculum Booklets, which are available here: Curriculum Page
The Year 14 curriculum has been developed to further build on achievements in Years 12 and 13, and also offer courses that improve a student’s employability and core skills for life. Courses include supported life skills for young adults such as Travel Training and community volunteering.
For the last 5 years, Bradfields Academy has been recognised for successfully supporting students into further or higher education, employment or training. With only 1 NEET (students who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training) in the past 5 years, we are very proud of our success. The OFSTED inspection of 2017 recognised that ‘Students have secured and sustained meaningful placements at college, in education or within the world of work over the last 10 years when they have left the school. The school’s success in this area is significantly above that found nationally. Students’ success in their future lives is a mark of the superb support they have received during their time at Bradfields Academy’.
- The Academy’s Careers Leader is Mrs Elizabeth Halton.
- The Student Transition Co-ordinator is Mrs Angie Gillett
- Independent Careers Interviews are completed by Ms Tina Lee
- For any queries please email email@example.com or call 01634 683990.
Options Post Bradfields
Our students successfully transition to a range of different destinations post-Bradfields. Some of our more popular destinations are detailed below:
- Forward2Employment Supported Internship
- Directly in to paid employment
- Traineeship or apprenticeships with another external training provider
- MidKent College Maidstone or Medway Campus
- North Kent College Gravesend or Dartford Campus
- West Kent College Tonbridge Campus
- Canterbury College
- Hadlow College
- Supajam – A specialist music college in Swanley
Supported Internships via Forward2Employment, Fortis Trusts own Specialist Post 16 institution, are designed for young people with learning disabilities and/or Autism who want to get a job.
A supported internship is a full time educational programme that will:
- Help you get a job
- Help you get work based qualifications
- Help with maths and English, so you can use them in real life
80% of the learning will be on the job with one of our partner businesses fully supported by an individual job coach to do a real job role. The rest of the time is used to improve maths, English, employability skills and improving a student’s independence skills. Supported internships are all about working towards gaining paid employment.
If you are aged 16 to 24 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) you are eligible to apply for a supported internship place with Forward2Employment. The course is free and does not affect any benefit entitlements. Additional funding may also be available such as a student bursary. Other supported internship schemes are available for students aged 16 – 24 who have an EHCP.
Should you be interested in applying for a supported internship place with Forward2Employment please contact Elizabeth Halton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fortis Trust Careers Hub
Fortis Trust opened their new Careers Hub, based at Bradfields Academy, on Thursday13th February 2020. This Career Hub resource will be opened for students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, and is a dedicated space where students and their families can get up to date career education, information and advice and career guidance. On hand within the hub are trained career advisors, an intensive Job Coach and staff who can support with work experience, along with a wide range of resources.
Marie Sweetlove, Principal of Bradfields Academy and CEO of Fortis Trust, said “The new Careers Hub will be a centre of excellence providing a place for the children and families at Bradfields Academy and children with SEND at other local schools to access information, advice and careers guidance helping them to make informed decisions about their future educational journeys and become work-ready”
Liz Halton, Careers Leader for Fortis Trust explains “Good careers education, information, advice and guidance is vital for any young person but it is even more important for the students at Bradfields, all of whom have a special educational need. Nationally only 6% of those people leaving school with an SEN diagnosis will find paid employment in their lifetime. We think this is a shocking statistic and are working tirelessly to try to turn this trend around. We hope that this hub will give the students first-rate access to careers information and raise aspirations amongst the students”
More details about Fortis Trust can be found at: www.fortistrust.co.uk
Community Education Awards
2019 - Inspiring Career Opportunity Award: Highly commended for our ‘Careers Focus Days’
2020 - Accredited as "committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks" for the national quality award for our careers education, information, advice and guidance provision.
We are continuing to work on achieving the full Quality Mark
Labour Market Information
Top 10 Jobs in Medway
Below is a graphic that details the labour market in Medway. We have briefly explained what is shown on the graphic.
The first part of this poster shows the 10 industries in Medway that employ the largest number of people. The figure in white is the number employed in 2021 and the pink number is the number of people employed in that area of work in 2018. From this, you can see that most people in Medway work in sales and retail.
Highest Paying Occupations
This is the 10 occupations in Medway that pay the most amount per hour. Advertising and Public relation Directors being the highest paid jobs in Medway
Fastest Growing Occupations
This shows which industries are growing the most in Medway and therefore where there are likely to be more job vacancies. We can see that Accountants have grown by 30% followed by bus and coach drivers and then plumbers. The area that has the slowest growth rate is cleaners and domestic work.
How2Become.com is the UK’s leading careers and educational information and development website.
To find out more about what they offer, please visit their website:
The Future Business Ltd
Make the Future Yours! Magazine is full of ideas and information to help students make decisions about their future. Click on the following link to read their latest issue: www.makethefutureyours.com/issue3
Lower Thames Crossing Job Opportunities and Minecraft Games
Medway Council and National Highways have provided the below information on gaining employment for the Lower Thames Crossing build. They have also provided STEM learning Minecraft games.
The proposed Lower Thames Crossing is part of the biggest investment in the country’s road network since the M25 was built 35 years ago.
Being such an ambitious road project means energetic and hard-working people will be needed, from designing through to building and operating this new crossing.
Over the building phase, 22,000 people will be needed, from engineers and designers, to administrators and IT support; including hundreds of opportunities for apprenticeships, graduates and work placements.
Start your journey today by visiting the Highways England Work With Us page: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/lower-thames-crossing/work-with-us/
Lower Thames Crossing Minecraft Games
The Lower Thames Crossing has been recreated into two new Minecraft games in a bid to better inspire the next generation into STEM subjects and construction and engineering careers.
In the games, students will be able to jump in and explore building one of the world’s largest tunnels and learn what is involved with keeping a busy road safe.
The games have been designed for both KS2 (7-11) and KS3 (11-14) age groups to learn about the range of skills involved to deliver a large infrastructure project, from ecology to civil engineering and technology.
To access the games visit this website: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/lower-thames-crossing/work-with-us/school-resources-minecraft/ where you will find more information, including a pre-recorded webinar for teachers and parents taking you through each of the games including lessons plans.
Wondering what sort of jobs the Lower Thames Crossing will have on offer?
We believe that there is a role for everybody in construction, whether you have a skill with numbers, designing things or even talking to people, so we’ve created a document that matches common skills and interests to jobs that we will have on offer. This includes office roles, as well as site based, which we have lots of!
Download the skills matcher document to learn about the different types of jobs, including typical salaries: Document Download
Finding what’s right for you
Are you thinking about what subjects to pick or where they might take you?
Choosing the right subjects and courses can help you get into a career or keep your options open if you are not sure. Think about the subjects you most enjoy and don’t forget to talk in through with your friends, teachers, tutors or family members.
Here's our subject matcher to the common careers within construction.