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Careers

Introduction

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

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-14 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.

The school’s career programme has been based on ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks’ that originated in a research report (Good Career Guidance) from the Gatsby Foundation in 2013.  The report identified   8 benchmarks of best practice, which are now more commonly known as ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks.’  They are:

 

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

The progress and impact of our school careers programme is tracked using Compass. Compass is an online self-evaluation tool for schools to use to assess how their careers support compares against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average.

 

Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 8

Class based group sessions: future education and employment.

Meetings with careers professional

Technical/vocational tasters at local college/s, training providers

Year 9

Opportunities for trip/visit to Post 16 providers

 

KS4 taster days / options events

Meetings with careers professional

Technical/vocational tasters at local college/s, training providers

Year 10

Life Skills – work experience preparation sessions

 

Meetings with careers professional

Technical/vocational tasters at local college/s, training providers

Meetings with careers professional

Meetings with careers professional

Year 11

Post 16 provider open evenings and/or visits

Opportunities to visit local Further Education and colleges, technical and vocational and apprenticeships.

Meetings with careers advisor

Post 16 applications

Mock interviews for college placements

 

1 day a week work experience sessions

 

Meetings with careers professional

Confirmation of post 16 education destinations for all pupils

 

Transition work

Year 12

Post 18/19 assembly – providing information on other post 18/19 destinations.

 

Work experience opportunities

Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options

Meetings with careers professional

Work experience opportunities

Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options

 

 

Work experience opportunities

Year 13

 

 

 

Work experience opportunities

Meetings with careers professional

Mock interviews for post 18 placements

Work experience opportunities

Confirmation of post 18 education destinations for some pupils

Work experience opportunities

Year 14

 

Work experience opportunities

Meetings with careers professional

Mock interviews for post 19 placements

Work experience opportunities

Confirmation of post 19 education destinations for pupils

Work experience opportunities

 

Management of provider access requests

Procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact, Ellie Marr (Careers Co-ordinator)

Telephone: 01751 431218; Email: e.marr@welburn-hall.n-yorks.sch.uk

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 and/or their parents/carers:

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. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the school reception which will then be displayed in the school library. The school library is available to all students at lunch and break times.

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