The Connexions Service
The Connexions Service, which is delivered by Personal Advisers, is closely involved with the transition process in Key Stages 4 and 5.
HOW CONNEXIONS WORK WITH KEY STAGE 4
In Key Stage 4 Connexions have a variety of interactions with pupils, parents and staff. A Connexions Personal Adviser currently attends all transitional reviews in Year 9 to support the transition process effectively by allowing pupils to make informed choices about their future.
In Years 10 and 11 a Personal Adviser attends Annual Review meetings with pupils, parents and staff. They also attend Careers Evening to offer advice to pupils and parents regarding provision for the future.
Pupils looking to leave Elms Bank when they complete Year 11 will have a guidance interview with a Personal Adviser. This will take place whilst pupils are in Year 10 and again in Year 11. The meetings are used to help the Personal Adviser produce a Careers Guidance Form. This is done to help inform the pupil's new provision of their abilities and skills and feeds into a pupil's Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). During Year 11 Connexions will also arrange a meeting with parents in order for parents to complete a Parents Contract which is used for the young persons transfer to the new provision.
HOW CONNEXIONS WORK WITH KEY STAGE 5
In Key Stage 5 the role of Connexions, in all cases, is explained to parents at the Year 13 Annual Review by a Personal Adviser, where possible, and the Year 14 Annual Review to offer advice and support in the transition to the next stage after school.
Where appropriate, pupils will have an individual interview with the Personal Adviser who will use the information obtained to complete their Careers Guidance Form and contribute to the application forms on behalf of the pupil (this information will also inform a pupil's EHCP).
Where an individual interview is not appropriate, the Personal Adviser will meet the pupil in class and liaise with the parents.
The Personal Adviser maintains an overview of the process with input from school staff and Parents' Evening and Careers Evening where parents have an opportunity to enter into discussion regarding provision and opportunities for their child. The Personal Adviser will liaise with parents throughout the transition process.
For further information please phone 0161 253 7733.