Colleges offer more work experience to SEND learners than schools, study shows

The TES reports that schools more often make use of external organisations to forge employer links, according to research.

A higher proportion of colleges offer work-related activities – such as work experience placements and visits to workplaces – to students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) than schools, a new study into work experience reveals.

In spite of schools’ shortcomings in these areas, the report, published by NatCen Social Research and SQW, states that “satisfaction with work-related activities and work-experience placements was high among schools, colleges, employers and students”.

The study also reveals that schools more commonly use external organisations that can provide work experience than colleges.

The report shows that significantly more schools (45 per cent of those without a sixth form, and 51 per cent with a sixth form) worked with education business partnerships (EPB) – organisations which build links between education institutions and employers – than colleges, of which only a quarter (26 per cent) worked with an EPB.

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  1. Matt Franks


    I work for a Training Provider in Birmingham and we have been offering work experience, to SEND students for years! With my son starting at a SEN school last September, I have founded the SEN Centre For Jobs. This is a collaboration between several SEN schools and the aim is to a) Get jobs ‘ring fenced’ for students who are about to leave education and b) To promote supported internships, which may then lead to work.
    The jobs will be advertised throughout these schools and students can apply for them, but they know that the job may go to another student at another school, but that’s life!


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