If you are a local employer or provider of services and would like to support the Thinking Ahead Programme at Oak Field please contact Abbie or Matthew using the phone on 0115 9153265, or for email please complete the contact form at the end of this page.
We really appreciate the businesses and partnerships that provide employee or work place visits, work experience or run project s with us. We also welcome contact from colleges, social care providers and health services.
Thinking Ahead Transition Fair - Access to provider information
Our next event is on Wednesday 22nd November 2023 2pm until 6pm, at Oak Field.
On our virtual trips page, you can watch some videos about different work places.
Curriculum Overview of the Thinking Ahead Programme
Oak Field School aims to prepare children and young people for the new responsibilities, experiences, independence and risks of the next stage: from a child learning to make choices about food and friends, to a young person making choices about education, training or employment beyond school.
The Thinking Ahead Programme includes:
It is linked to the Preparing for Adulthood programme, keeping pupils’ hopes and aspirations as our key focus. Pupils will have the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in these four areas: Community Inclusion, Health, Employment and Independent Living.
The intent of the Thinking Ahead Programme is to meet the needs of all students by using highly personalised strategies, programmes and resources that are appropriate to students’ stages of learning and development.
Teams implement these intentions using a wide range of strategies that include:
Work Experience Placements, and Vocational Links
Work Experience placements are offered to as many 6th Form pupils as possible, balancing fair access alongside promoting young people into achieving paid work.
Portfolios of work
Pupils are encouraged and supported to keep a detailed portfolio of their Thinking Ahead experiences, using a Work Journal or electronic record.
The Thinking Ahead programme at Oak Field School
The Thinking Ahead programme at Oak Field School is linked to the Preparing for Adulthood programme, with pupils’ hopes and dreams in mind. We want every pupil to have experiences and develop skills in these four areas:
Each stage of Oak Field School hopes to prepare children and young people for the next: from a child learning to make choices about food and friends, to a young person making choices about education, training, care or employment beyond school. These include: