SHS have been a Talentino School since 2019, Talentino are an early career development organisation created by senior people from business and education. They work across England in over 300 schools and projects with over 32,000 young people in scope so far.
They created a CEC SEND Strategy having identified the 9 key career challenges, they developed the SEND Gatsby Toolkit and have created several other SEND careers resources which are free to Schools. We as a school have benefited from being a part of a larger SEND Careers Network, having access to a Talentino LEAN Enterprise Co-ordinator, a wide variety of CPD training, access to SEND specific careers resources and invaluable support/challenge in developing a stable career programme & meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Hackney Careers Collaborative
We are a SEND Specialist member of the Hackney Careers Collaborative. The Careers Collaborative is an initiative that aims to ensure statutory duties around careers education information advice and guidance are met or exceeded. It is hosted and coordinated by Hackney Education but supports schools across London through online delivery. As a member of the Careers Collaborative the school have access to:
- Events: Access to four collaborative events for students
- Workshops and support: To improve student progression and provide CPD for staff supporting them
- Careers Network Meetings: Six per annum
- One to One Support Meetings: Members are offered three individual contact meetings, per annum. These can be used to discuss specific initiatives, address areas of concern or for sharing knowledge
- Resources: Bespoke resources include weekly careers and apprenticeship newsletters, monthly LMI, a calendar and bi-monthly bulletin to support CPD, careers education and careers guidance
- Project Coordinator Support: Central coordination of collaborative activities and events, answers to enquiries and requests for bespoke support
The school's Careers Lead uses the information and CPD provided by the collaborative to enhance our schools’ careers offer and make sure we are meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.
The School Careers Lead is commissioned on behalf of the school to deliver a Vulnerable Groups Newsletter monthly for Collaborative members, which details current careers opportunities, information, and resources. The Careers Lead has in partnership with the Careers Collaborative delivered SEND focussed CPD for all Mainstream Hackney Schools and FE College members. These included: Post 16 SEND Pathways CPD (10.11.2020) and Pathways for SEND students without an EHCP (30.03.2021).
Central London Careers Hub
The Mayor of London wants every young person growing up in this city to have access to excellent careers education for a great start in life and a successful future. Building on the success of the London Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN), Careers Hubs were launched in London in September 2021.
A Careers Hub is a group of secondary schools and colleges in a dedicated area that work together to deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks. Collaborating with business partners, the public, education, and voluntary sectors, they help deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks and improve careers outcomes for young people.
Stormont have been successful in becoming a part of the Central London Careers Hub, Led by Reed, in September 2021 as part of the first London Careers Hub cohort. This network has replaced LEAN for the school.
The Careers hub assigns each school an Enterprise Coordinator and Advisor . Our schools Enterprise Coordinator is Kirstie Hubbard and our Enterprise Advisor is Amy Packer who works for the construction company, Arc Group as a social value manager and has experience in delivering careers talks, employer and skills events and mock interviews to young people at schools, community groups and HE facilities. Amy set up the social value strategy for Arc Group along with a business plan and has a dedication to supporting young people. Amy is also a STEM Ambassador.
Prospects Services deliver impartial Careers Information Advice and Guidance that is independent of the School, thereby meeting the School’s Statutory obligations in accordance with the ‘Education Act 2011’ and ‘The Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers January 2023’. All students have access to a Level 6 SEND Careers Advisor from Prospects through 1-2-1 careers interviews, as well as the schools Prospects Advisor attending parents’ events and Annual Reviews when appropriate.