CONFIDENT CHOICES FRAMEWORK EXTENDS TO SPECIAL SCHOOLS
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
A key ambition for Confident Choices, and set out clearly in the Milestones Document, is that all Lincolnshire children and young people will be covered by the framework by the end of 2021. That will involve taking the collaborative approach beyond mainstream secondary schools – to Special Schools, alternative settings and to the primary sector.
We are delighted, therefore, that, in October, Confident Choices was explained at the Special Schools’ Heads’ Briefing. The following week, the first special school cluster meeting took place. Facilitated by Scott Eley from Lincolnshire County Council, the cluster will provide both an opportunity for discussion about the funded Employment Project for 16-19 years olds in special schools and a wider forum for collaboration in careers.
The Employment Project will embed a supported employment pathway into special schools’ post 16 provision. In the third year, this will lead to a supported internship for many young people and the chance for good further employment. We recognise that the links that this project will foster can be nurtured for wider careers impact and that it makes sense, therefore, to expand the Employment Project meetings into a Confident Choices Cluster.
This will not preclude special school careers leaders from attending the local cluster meetings; the lead schools’ meeting issued a warm welcome to special school colleagues to join their district meetings whenever it was helpful. This way, we believe the careers leaders in the special sector will be able to have both sector specific support and the chance to learn from, and contribute to, the wider Confident Choices community. We look forward to that.