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Careers Advice


The Careers Leader for the school is Martin Cox, Assistant Head with responsibility for KS3, 4 and 5.

He can be contacted via the school office on 01482 763925 or by emailing


We believe that “Careers guidance widens pupils’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. It provides pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life.” [DfE Statutory Guidance: Careers guidance and access for education and training providers, October 2018]


To this end we gain support from the SEND Department of the Local Authority [Information, Advice and Guidance service] along with independent advice as needed. Individual interviews are held at KS4 and KS5 to discuss next steps and aspirations along with necessary choices for end of each phase of education. Any report from this is completed ahead of the Annual Review of the EHC Plan. Students are also encouraged to attend the Careers Fair organised by the LA where agencies, colleges, sixth forms [including us as post-16 providers] are available to discuss future options.


We recognise that as the School’s designation now reflects a wider range of additional needs including SLD, PMLD and those with Complex Needs, the majority of students in our care will continue with us post-16 and that their career choices will be limited. However our emphasis will continue to be on developing Life Skills along with basic skills in Maths, English and IT to increase independence. The curriculum for post-16 at Riverside is shaped around each cohort but includes use of the local Leisure Centre and travel training.


Our students need an individual approach based on next steps for each of them. Some will without doubt be able, with support, to play a worthwhile role in society and in employment. For others, the voluntary sector may be more appropriate. Our challenge remains to give appropriate and realistic advice for students and their parents/carers.


We encourage all our students as they reach the end of Y11 to take a week for Work Experience and we help with finding places for this. In post-16 we currently send students out for one day a week so they continue to gain the knowledge and social skills within a work setting and have the opportunity to practise the skills learned in school.


Each year we hold a World of Work Week across school where agencies, employers and advisors are invited in to meet the children. For others in school this might include role play, travel training, recognition of uniforms and discussion of who is a safe adult to approach outside of school.