Careers Information

Kemball School policy statement on provider access

Kemball School: Provider Access Policy


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


Kemball School’s career programme begins as pupils being looking at life-skills for the future. In years 9, 10 and 11 this provision focuses on access to a variety of workplace visits and enterprise activities through a Preparation for Adulthood or Duke of Edinburgh Day, which allows them to develop key skills for the world of work and teaches them about the type of work available in the local job market. These encounters are supplemented by additional classroom based sessions to learn about how to access the world of work and cover, amongst other topics, interviews, health and safety and CV writing.

Once a pupil in the functional pathway reaches year 11 they also undertake a work placement based on their personal interests and abilities. This may take place over the course of a week, or as a one day a week provision over a longer timeframe. It is supported by a workplace coach initially, with a view for as many pupils as possible to access the placement independently towards the end of their placement. The school keeps a record of meaningful encounters over the pupils’ time in the functional pathway and will keep a work placement diary when they undertake a weeks’ work placement.

For more information of Kemball School’s careers programme please contact Emily Buttery via the school telephone number or  

Select the relevant individual tabs for more information. A link to our full careers policy can be found on our school website


During your time at Kemball you will gain experience of the world of work and the type of jobs and pathways open to you when you leave school. You will start learning about work and jobs in the early school through PSHE and life-skills lessons which will teach you about the jobs you see people do around you. 

When you get to year 9 and above if you are in the functional pathway you will start visiting different work places so you can see the different types of jobs people do in different workplaces. You will be able to understand what jobs there are in your local area (Stoke on Trent) and be able to ask questions to people who do these different jobs day to day. Going to these different work places will give you a better understanding of what you might want, or not want, to do in the future. 

During your time at school you may also be able to do a work experience placement which will be working in a job that interests you and is suited to the things you like to do. You might do this with a member of staff, members of your class, or completely on your own. You will also have volunteering projects to work on over your time in the functional department, and visit careers fairs and events to understand more about the world of work. To help your understanding of money and how this is connected to work you will also get the chance to start up your own mini business as part of Kemball School’s Enterprise Project, which means you will be responsible for trying to make money by selling a product or service to the public. 


Staff should be introducing pupils to the world of work as early as possible with exposure to jobs we see being done around us, who helps us, and jobs we see friends and family doing in our day to day lives. Opportunities should be offered cross-curricularly to embed the importance of work in the world around us, and through role play and independent play. As pupils progress through the school this exposure should continue and be built on in line with the individuals’ abilities and interests. The careers leader at school is Emily Buttery. If you need more support on how to implement careers into your curriculum, please speak to her regarding this. 


The careers programme at Kemball School aims to equip your child for life after school by offering them information about the local job market and routes into paid and unpaid employment. Employment is an important aspect of life and gaining independence, and Kemball School supports pupils to discover more about the role of work in peoples’ lives, the type of jobs we see being done in the world around us, and any opportunities we can offer to experience workplaces, different job roles and work experience. The school recognises the importance of paid and voluntary work and offers a curriculum based around exposing pupils to jobs and workplaces where appropriate. 

During their time at Kemball your child may have opportunities to go on workplace visits, undertake voluntary work in or around the school community, and arrange a work experience placement. If you would like more information on the careers provision offered at Kemball please contact the careers lead as outlined in the careers overview. 


Kemball School is always looking for local companies and employers who can offer workplace visits and work experience placements to expose our pupils to the local job market and understand more about the type of work and jobs in different environments and settings.

Workplace visits

Workplace visits are about showing our young people the range and types of jobs available in the local community. They are an opportunity for our pupils to visit different workplaces such as factories, retail environments, office building and warehouses, and allow them to see the work done and the jobs offered in different settings. Workplace visits are an invaluable way of pupils seeing sectors of employment they may not be aware of or know exist first-hand, enabling them to form opinions of careers paths they may be interested in pursuing in the future. 

Workplace visits are typically done on a weekday morning and take a few hours to complete. They usually involve an introduction to the workplace and the services on offer, a tour of the workplace, and a question and answer session about the work involved in the setting. 


Work experience placements

Work experience placements are usually led by the pupils’ interests and ambitions. They are tailor made packages which assess the pupils’ interests, needs and abilities and aim to match these with a suitable local employer for a work placement that may last over a week block or longer. These can be undertaken by individuals on a 1-1 basis, or in a small group based on the pupils’ needs and interests. 


If you are a local employer who is disability friendly and could offer work place visits or work placements, please contact the school’s career lead, Emily Buttery (Assistant Head) on 01782 883120 or email

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8 to 13 are entitled:

• to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

• to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

• to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests

Procedure - A provider wishing to request access should contact  Emily Buttery, Assistant Head Kemball School via

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils or their parents or carers:

Careers programme 

Pupils within the secondary department at Kemball School may follow either a functional pathway, a progression pathway, a multi-sensory pathway, or an engagement pathway. Pupils following a progression steps pathway, and in years 7 and 8 of the functional pathway, will receive careers education as appropriate for their ages and abilities as directed by the class teacher. This will be delivered in class where appropriate, through cross-curricular activities in topic-based lessons, through PSHE, and during life skills ‘world of work’ lessons. The aim of these sessions is to introduce pupils to the different jobs they may encounter in the wider community, their own ambitions for the future, the skills and qualities they have as valued members of the school community, and to begin challenging stereotypes surrounding jobs and those that enter different employment sectors.  

By the end of year 8 progression pupils should be able to; 

  • Name jobs they see being done in their local community 
  • Understand the role they take in their class and in doing jobs and tasks within this environment 
  • Understand and recognise the people that help us in the local community  
  • Recognise the link between work and money 

By the end of year 9 progression pupils should be able to; 

  • Name jobs they see being done in their local community and the different sectors these belong to e.g. care work, hospitality, retail, construction etc. 
  • Express their ambitions and hopes for their future 
  • Begin challenging stereotypes regarding jobs and roles of different people in society 
  • Understand money, how we earn it and spend it 

Those pupils following the functional pathway in year 9, 10 and 11 will be assessed on their individual needs and will experience work placements and employer encounters that aim to be individualised and relevant to pupils. These will include employer encounters with local businesses, workplace visits, work placements and in class activities through ASDAN, functional maths and English lessons and life-skills lessons.  

By the end of year 11 pupils should be able to; 

  • Recognise workplace encounters they have had during their time at Kemball and the value of these 
  • Give their ambitions and hopes for the future 
  • Name paid or volunteer job placements that may be of interest to them and give reasons for their interests 
  • Confidently choose a post 16 provision for the next stage of their education 
  • Understand that they possess unique skills and qualities that are different to that of their peers  
  • Participate in work experience, workplace visits an enterprise project as appropriate 
  • Understand the value of work including for monetary and mental health benefits 
  • Understand that there are local job markets which mean it is more achievable and less achievable to enter certain sectors of paid or unpaid work 
  • Challenge stereotypes and understand that all job types are available to them if they meet the criteria needed 

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Approval and review

Approved September 2021 by Governors at Curriculum and Standards Committee

Next review: September 2022


Signed: Hilary Gregory                                                        Lisa Hughes

Chair of Governors                                                              Head teacher