Careers Programme Information
Careers Leaders: Mr A Graham / Miss B Maggiore
All students in Years 7-11 take part in a structured, planned classroom based careers programme. (Years 10 and 11 currently receive the programme through drop-down days) This programme is delivered through PSHCE.
The aims of our Careers Programme are:
- To promote increasing self-awareness in students.
- To promote increasing awareness of opportunities in our society on the basis of equal opportunities for all.
- To develop the skill of being able to make informed and relevant decisions.
- To involve parents / carers in the above three aims.
Our Careers programme is measured and assessed termly through the Careers and Enterprise Compass Tool. This tracker allows us to evaluate our careers programme against the eight benchmark of best practice, known as the Gatsby Benchmarks:
GB1: A Stable careers programme
GB2: Learning from career and labour market information
GB3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
GB4: Careers in Curriculum
GB5: Encounters with employers & employees
GB6: Experiences of workplaces
GB7: Encounters with further and higher education experiences of workplaces
GB8: Personal Guidance
More information on each of these Benchmarks is available here: PDF DOWNLOAD
An overview of the Careers programme of study in PSHCE is as follows:
7 & 8
Career Definitions: My Dream Future.
Personal Qualities and Skills: How well I know myself
The World of Work
Challenging Gender Stereotypes
Introduction to Decision Making/Action Planning
Introduction to LMI
Meaningful encounter with employers
Subject Choices and Options
Introduction to Careers Advisers in School
Introduction to Careers Resources available online and in the Careers Library
Developing Enterprise Skills
Preparing for the World of Work
Introduction to Post 16 Options
One to one Careers appointments
Compiling a CV
Trends at work
Interviewing skills and Mock Interviews
Applying to Sixth Forms, Colleges and Training Providers
Individual Guidance Interviews
Access to Careers Information and LMI
Year 12 – guest speakers are invited in to talk about post 16 options including university and apprenticeships
Students are made aware of available apprenticeships by the careers advisors
Careers advisors attend parents’ evening
Year 13 – are supported in their UCAS applications by the learning mentor, form tutor and director of study
More information is available here - Careers Programme of Study
Alongside this, all students take part in “Careers in the Curriculum” week and access year group specific assemblies based on careers:
Year 7 – The World of Work
Year 8 – Learning about skills for the future
Year 9 – Careers and GCSE options
Year 10 – Jobs for the future
Year 11 – Routes after GCSEs
Year 12 – Meeting the needs of Labour Market developments
As part of the Careers in the Curriculum week, all students receive a presentation from each subject area they study, highlighting possible career routes and the skills and qualifications required.
Date of next review Compass review: July 2021Policies
See below for relevant policies