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Careers Programme and Provider Access Arrangements

Information for staff on the Gatsby Benchmarks

Strategic Goals

At Wickersley School and Sports college, we aim to fulfil a set of strategic goals set out by the department of education with regards to the careers programme and the support and advice we offer within the school.

  • All schools to begin working toward the Gatsby Benchmarks, meeting them by the end of 2020.
  • All schools to have a named Careers Leader in place by September 2018.
  • Schools and colleges should offer every young person in years 7 – 13 at least one encounter a year by 2020.
  • Schools and colleges to have access to an Enterprise Adviser by the end of 2020.
  • All schools should have in place a link governor for careers.
  • Every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13.

Meet the Team

Mrs R Mullins

Careers Leader
Email: careers@wickersley.net
Tel: 01709 542147

Mrs K Miller

Future Aspirations & Pupil Premium Coordinator
Email: careers@wickersley.net
Tel: 01709 542147

How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils

  • Activity is evaluated by students on an individual basis.
  • Overall provision and ideas for improvement are tabled and discussed as agenda items at Student Council.
  • Provision is assessed against the national Gatsby Benchmarks and areas for development are identified.
  • Careers and employability provision is also informed through annual individual student surveys asking respondents to identify areas of interest and support needed – this information is then used to support individuals and plan provisions such as trips to specific places of learning or employment.
  • Provision is also informed through the sharing of good practice through local careers network meetings, the enterprise adviser network that the school is a part of and the professional development of the Careers Leader.

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • A stable careers programme

  • Learning from career and labour market information

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • Encounters with employers and employees

  • Experiences of workplaces

  • Encounters with further and higher education

  • Personal guidance

Date of Next Information Review:
January 2020

Available Policies:

Careers Programme

Each year group is seen as a ‘stage’ in the process of working towards a career goal and becoming ‘able and ready for work’ and being the best that you can be. 

You can view our full careers programme for each year group with the button below, this provides a breakdown of the careers projects held for each year group throughout the year.

Careers Programme
Year Group Stage Focus
Years 7 & 8 Experience & Knowledge

Curriculum
Year 7 Careers Day

Pastoral
Year 7 ‘Jobs and Careers’ Drop Down Day

UniGo

Experience & Choice

Curriculum
Subject Options linked to specific careers

Pastoral
Options Evening

Opportunities out of school and a variety of external visitors into school to ‘broaden horizons’, increase interactions with employment, FE and HE providers and develop students own expectations of themselves.  Students develop awareness of individual skill strengths and career preferences through drop-down days, information on careers related to subject areas and options lessons – some use of the ‘are you ready’ tracker in Y7 and Y8 around developing enterprise skills.

Developing an understanding of KS4 options and impact on career choice.

Year 9 Empowerment

Curriculum
Subject related careers lessons

Pastoral
Visits
Enterprise
Higher Education

Personalised development including:

Employer-led and higher education led mentoring projects.  Subject/interest specific opportunities both out of school and curriculum-based linked to clear identification of student interests

Year 10 Education & Information

Curriculum
Post:16 Taster Day

Pastoral
Business
Work Experience
Parental Involvement

Specific information around:

  • Qualification levels
  • Career pathways
  • Subject related job families and routes into careers i.e. apprenticeships
  • Local labour market information and job opportunities
  • Funding and financial support
  • Employer engagement and experience of the workplace and volunteering.

All delivered through a Y10 post-16 day (June) and parental information sessions.

Giving students the opportunity to experience the workplace and build up skills and experience through encouraging voluntary work experience.

Year 11 Individualisation

Curriculum
Year 11 Drop Down Day

Pastoral
Visits
External Provider Input
Parental Involvement

Impartial personalised individual advice and guidance.

Further development of employability skills and knowledge of opportunities.

Active support for all student post-16 applications and subsequent securing of offers from college and sixth forms.

Informed and successful post-16 transition and engagement.

Year 12 ‘Be the best you can be’

Curriculum
Tutorial Time

Pastoral
Visits
External Provider Input
Enrichment Opportunities
Parental Involvement

Schedule of Wednesday P4 opportunities to include study skills, HE information etc.

Enrichment opportunities including paired reading, mentoring, teaching, work experience

Student enrolment on Wickersley+ and university outreach programmes such as SOAMS

Year 13 Progression

Curriculum
Tutorial Time

Pastoral
Visits
External Provider Input
Enrichment Opportunities
Parental Involvement

UCAS Application Process

A range of provision for students choosing alternative pathways such as apprenticeships.

Student Destinations

Summer 2019 leavers destination information

Sustained Destination

Apprenticeships

FE College

School Sixth Form

Sixth Form College

Employment

Public Services/Armed Forces

Unknown

Out of area – In education

NEET (Not in education, employment or training)

All leavers July 19:
338

336

32

72

163

61

2

4

1

2

1

Summer 2018 leavers destination information

Sustained Destination

Apprenticeships

FE College

School Sixth Form

Sixth Form College

Employment

Public Services/Armed Forces

Unknown

Out of area – In education

NEET (Not in education, employment or training)

All leavers July 18:
300

299

19

85

148

42

0

1

0

4

1

Provider Access Procedure

This policy sets out the 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.

All pupils in years 8-11 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer.
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Procedure

Any provider, parent, individual or organisations wishing to request access should contact Rachel Mullins Careers Leader on the details provided above or in the form below.

Opportunities for access include:

Year 7 Jobs & Careers Day: March 2020
Year 8 Options: April 2020
Year 10 Post-16 Taster Day: June 2020
Year 11 Assemblies throughout the year and Employability Day: October 2020

For any further information regarding our access policy for providers please email careers@wickersley.net.

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