“Gildredge House aspires to have embedded and focussed relationships with a wide range of partners in business and industry in order to assist students in developing clear, ambitious and realistic plans for their future”. Mr Stuart Reeves, Head Teacher
Longitudinal research studies suggest that the way in which teenagers think about their futures in education and employment has a significant impact on their future as working adults. Conversely, teenagers who have underestimated the education required for their desired profession are statistically more likely to end up as not in education, employment or training (NEET). Careers education: international literature review July 2016.
Following on from review and analysis, as well as six international visits, The Good Career Guidance Report, which identifies a set of eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision, was published. These benchmarks have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders. They are called the Gatsby Benchmark of Good Career Guidance.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Gildredge House is working alongside these benchmarks and is working towards achieving Investors in Careers (ICC). The school has an appointed Careers and Enterprise Co-ordinator, Mrs Sara Bray, as well as an Enterprise Advisor, Julian Perrott.
If you have any queries, please contact the Careers and Enterprise Co-ordinator, Mrs Sara Bray, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to view our Spring Term Careers Newsletter.
External providers – Baker Clause Policy Statement
A range of external providers are invited into school to support the careers programme. These might include local colleges, universities, training providers, apprenticeship organisations, employers, school alumni, or staff from various projects.
We are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.
Gildredge House also proactively seeks to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across all Year Groups. The purpose of these relationships is to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Gildredge House ensures that staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up-to-date on their knowledge of these post-16 and post-18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post-16 or post-18 option choices. Gildredge House’s CEIAG programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Careers Lead and Senior Leadership Team; monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the school’s Careers Lead, Jemma Graffham on email@example.com. All requests will be considered on the basis of: staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the school, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.