At Options Kinsale School we recognise and celebrate that all of our young people are different and as a result their education and career pathways will be planned on an individualised basis.
Careers education for pupils at Options Kinsale School will be relevant, specific, planned, and delivered carefully to meet their individual needs.
We use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks and the Career Development Institute framework to develop and improve our careers provision and to ensure we fulfil our legal duties as well as raise the aspirations of our young people. For further information, please refer to our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance policy which can be found on our website and is also available on requests as a Welsh language document.
Options Kinsale School and the Baker Clause
Introduced in 2018, the Baker Clause was authored by the former education secretary, Lord Kenneth Baker. The guidance stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers to access every student in years 8-13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them.
Updated in July 2021, the government’s Statutory guidance for schools sets out the following, ‘Schools and colleges have a responsibility to set students on the path that will secure the best outcome which will enable them to progress in education and work and give employers the highly skilled people they need.’
So, what does this mean in real terms?
Options Kinsale School act impartially and do not show any bias towards any route, be that academic or technical. We promote a full range of options for all our pupils.
As a parent /carer you play a vital role in supporting our careers programme. Together we can support your young person on their future career path. We are keen to work with you to develop the employability skills and qualities to set our young people up for life. We will give your child the tools that they need to succeed in whichever walk of life that they wish to follow – whether in paid or voluntary employment.