“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 Craig Bull, 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:
1. A stable careers programme
An ‘all school’ approach to careers delivered by a Careers Co-ordinator and led by the Senior Leadership Careers Leader. An embedded programme of careers education and guidance known and understood by students, teachers, Governors and employers from KS1 – KS4.
2. Learning from career and labour market information
Every student has access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. Students have access to the Gildredge House careers library where up-to-date LMI is refreshed monthly and annually. LMI newsletters are available as well as access to a qualified Careers Advisor and regular up-to-date communications sent to students via the VLE.
3. Addressing the needs of each student
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities are given to all students. Advice and support is tailored to the needs of each individual. Gildredge House’s career programme is embed in equality and diversity considerations throughout. One to one careers interviews in Year 10 and in Year 12 and additional careers appointments on request during lunch times. Careers Co-ordinator is a ‘Teacher Ambassador’ for the University of Bath Widening Participation Programme. All LAC, PPP and vulnerable students obtain additional one to one tutorial support. All students receive differentiated support.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers/tutors link curriculum learning with careers. Teaching material and lesson plans are regularly monitored and updated to reflect changes in LMO. All subject departments have a bespoke careers display outside their department classrooms. STEM subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of career paths. Annual drop down careers day for every year group lesson plans focus on a careers and employability theme.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student has multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes At least two meaningful contacts per year in person and online. Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 in course Careers Fair as well as attending Big Futures Careers Fair. Sixth Form visit to the UCAS careers fair in Brighton. National Careers Week (March) and National Apprenticeship Week (February). These are celebrated in newsletters to pupils, students and parents.
6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student should has a first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and /or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks. Gildredge House has a formal work experience programme for Year 10 students and year 12 students in the Summer terms. On request, students are supported to find their own work experience during the school/college holidays and bespoke support given to sixth form students applying to medicine, dentistry, allied medicine, veterinary medicine and law.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace. Visits to colleges and universities throughout KS3-5. and through the widening participation to university programme. Visits and talks from Further Education Colleges through assemblies and through stands at the Gildredge House Careers Fair.
8. Personal guidance
Every student has regular opportunities for guidance interviews with a qualified Level 6 in-school careers adviser. Students are invited from KS2 to visit the careers library and one to one appointments are readily available during lunch break on request to all students. All KS4 students have one to one careers guidance interviews and additional follow up appointments are available on request. Students in KS5 have two one to one interviews, which can last up to one hour each to gain support to find Post-18 courses, assess universities, work experience, employment, apprenticeships and CV writing.
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.
Careers Calendar 2021-22
|Fri 8th October 2021||Year 12 Careers Day drop down day|
|Wed 13th October 2021||Year 12 Parents Information Evening 6.00-8.00pm |
(Expectations, Post-18 Options, Unifrog/UCAS, Work Experience)
|W/c Tue 12th October 2021||Year 10 Work Experience Launch – Parents Information Event – virtual|
|Tue 19th October 2021||Year 10 and Year 11 Careers Fair|
|Mon 1st November 2021||Year 13 Careers Interviews, round 2|
|Thu 11th November 2021||Year 11 Mock Interviews|
|Fri 7th January 2022||Year 12 Careers Interviews begin|
|Fri 21st January 2022||Year 7 and Year 8 Careers Day|
|Mon 7th February 2022||National Apprenticeship Week – Tutor time and careers and community events|
|Wed 12th January 2022||Year 9 Careers Day|
|Mon 7th March 2022||National Careers Week – Tutor time and careers and community events|
|Tue 26th April 2022||Year 10 Careers Day including careers transition to Year 11 afternoon trip |
to Big Futures
|Thu 26th May 2022||Year 10 Careers Interviews begin|
|15, 18th and 19th July 2022||Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience – programme to follow|