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 below:
The Year 14 curriculum has been developed to further build on achievements in Years 12 and 13, and also offer courses which 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 Leigh
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 19 to 25 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 – 25 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
We are pleased to announce that on 10th March 2020, we have been assessed and 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