Careers guidance

Aspirational Pathways and Careers Education at Brune Park Community School

Updated: September 2018

Review: September 2019

Our Aspirations and Careers education programme prepares young people as citizens of the future with a sound understanding and knowledge of the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training and employment. We firmly believe in supporting all students to become the best they can be and are committed to ensuring that there are a wide range of activities both within the classroom and beyond that supports this.

We recognise, and build on, the process of personal and social development that begins in the home, and continues through school to prepare young people for the world of work and the process of lifelong learning to continue through their adult life.

As a school we are relentless in aiming to ensure that all of our young people are confident, respectful, kind, knowledgeable and aware, see themselves and others as equal, are tolerant and accepting of difference, are patient and respectful and have a clarity for what they value and why.

Our aspirations and careers provision is therefore designed to look across a student’s five years with us at Brune Park, and to complement and be complemented by, activity across the subjects, the tutor and assembly programme, our work developing ‘The Foundations of Learning’ and the range of other exciting activities available for young people here at Brune Park.

Our aspirational pathway and careers provision at Brune Park therefore combines:

* developing student’s skills and dispositions

* enabling excellent progress to secure strong outcomes

* maintaining a focus on all young people having high aspirations for themselves and others

* ensuring young people are well-informed when making subject and career decisions

* providing impartial and broad information, advice and guidance in making subject and career choices

* measuring our effectiveness by considering outcomes and destinations

* targeting support for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, with continued sharp focus on support and guidance for those with SEN and SEND

* ensuring our provision enables progression and continuity

* planning so our provision meets the needs of all students

* working consciously to prevent all forms of stereotyping in our provision and guidance so that girls and boys from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers, including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes

* considering aspirations and careers education as part of the whole curriculum for all students

We work from the principle that there is a distinction between Aspiration and Careers Education, and Aspiration and Careers Guidance:

Aspiration and Careers Education

The means by which an individual develops the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes necessary to make informed choices and take advantage of the opportunities in education, training and employment.

Aspiration and Careers Guidance

The means by which an individual is helped to apply relevant knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes to their own particular circumstances and the choices available to them. Impartial careers advice from a level 7 careers and guidance practitioner is also available for all students and students within the GFM by emailing careers@gfmat.org.

A Summary of the Careers Programme

As a school, we see this work as a personal journey for each learner starting in year 7 through to the securing of their first post 16 destination.
During this journey pupils will experience a range of planned experiences including:

  • At least 1 Careers Interview with a qualified Careers Advisor during their time at school
  • A range of encounters with local employers, including talks and visits
  • Opportunities to visit and meet with Post 16 Providers
  • Support with Post 16 Pathway Information
  • Personal Development Programme including CV Writing, College
  • Applications an Interview Techniques
  • Class and subject led learning linked to careers
    Encounters with further and higher education providers, including visits to local universities
  • Additional focussed support for our SEND and Pupil Premium pupils

Useful How do we measure the impact of careers education?

We work towards the national framework and guidance and we will be compliant with meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020.

We will measure the effectiveness and success of the opportunities on offer through a number of key indicators,

  • Ensuring all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are met
  • Parental & Student Voice
  • Pupils who feel empowered to make informed choices and can articulate their future aspirations
  • All Yr 11 pupils securing post 16 provision places and therefore as a school there will be no NEET’s (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  • Secure Ofsted judgement of careers provision on offer
  • In addition to the above we work closely with local employers, the Solent LEP and EBP South to ensure the quality of our provision and offer a wide range of opportunities.

Our Key Staff Members Learding on Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance

Mrs Halls – Careers Lead ghalls@gfmat.org

How often is the careers

https://successatschool.org/ – a national careers website to help young people aged 13-19 make informed decisions about their future. Information on Employability Skills and Vocational Qualifications.

www.direct.gov.uk/nationalcareersservice – Over 750 job profiles telling you what a job involves and how to get into it. Help with CV’s and interview advice.

www.jobzoo.co.uk – Detailed job descriptions, with average salaries, entry requirements, fun and useful facts and articles and videos.

www.icould.com – icould gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. There are over a thousand easy to search, varied and unique career videos as well as hundreds of written articles. From telecoms engineers to police officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where are and their hopes for the future.

www.careersbox.co.uk – Videos of people talking about a wide variety of job roles.

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk and www.healthcareers.nhs.uk – Careers within the NHS. Much more than just doctors and nurses.

www.armyjobs.mod.uk/join, www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers and www.raf.mod.uk/careers – Careers in the armed forces.

www.law.ac.uk/futurelawyers – Future Lawyers Network is a unique resource to help current and prospective law students become successful modern lawyers. With expert advice and insight, they aim to help you understand the legal market, prepare you for interviews and manage the early stages of your career.

www.tastesuccess.co.uk – Discover careers in food and drink industry.

www.creativeskillset.org – Resources and careers information on working in the Creative Industries’ Sector which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles.

Apprenticeship related websites

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – Information on apprenticeships, a vacancy database and the option to apply online.

Volunteering websites

www.do-it.org.uk and www.vinspired.com – Information on finding a voluntary work placement.

www.princes-trust.org.uk – Information and help for anyone thinking of becoming self-employed.

www.disabilityrightsuk.org – Advice around Disability Rights.

University related websites

www.ucas.com and www.ukcoursefinder.com – Information on University courses including a nationwide course search.

www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance – Information on student finance, fees & help available.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices – Aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent options. Useful to check subjects against occupational areas of work.

unistats.ac.uk – The official website for comparing UK higher education course data. Includes official data on each university and college’s satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.

university.which.co.uk – The free & independent way to search & compare UK degree courses & universities from Which? – find the best one for you, with insider tips.

Websites advertising job and apprenticeship vacancies

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Information on all the alternatives to university. Includes distance learning, apprenticeships, foundation degrees, getting a job, gap years and vocational training.

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