Careers education is an important aspect of students learning experience as it prepares them to make decisions about their education and their future professional life in the world of work. Careers education and guidance at Laleham Gap School is delivered through Personal Development lessons, Learning to Learn lessons, tutor time, assembly and additional activities with local colleges, universities and employers. The careers programme in the school supports the curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4.
The provision of careers guidance and support at Laleham Gap School seeks to deliver on the 2018 Department for Education Careers Strategy. We want:
- all pupils to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace;
- all pupils to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience;
- all pupils to get support tailored to their circumstances. With access to face-to-face advice.
- all pupils to get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers.
The government has introduced the following mandatory guidance for schools under which are called the Gatsby benchmarks:
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
- 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
Currently our primary pupils visit workplaces linked to some aspects of the curriculum. For example, local restaurants, supermarkets and an ice cream parlour. Pupils also engage in role-play activities, often with links to some job roles.
KEY STAGE 3
Careers provision in Year 7 and 8 is delivered through Personal Development lessons whilst Year 9 pupils, who will choose their Key Stage 4 options in this year, will receive their provision through a mixture of Learning to Learn and Personal Development Lessons. In Year 9 support is also provided by an Independent Impartial Careers Advisor from the Education Business Partnership in the form of face to face meetings.
Mr Parkin continues to provide additional support to all years, with their career development working closely with the Careers Advisor.
Support will be provided for Year 10 pupils choosing their next steps through two meetings, one in the autumn and one in the spring. Both of these meeting will be supported by school staff and the Careers Advisor. Parents and Carers will be invited to join the second of the two meetings and Mr Parkin and the Careers advisor will be on hand to support families preparing to inform the Local Authority of their post 16 intended destinations.
Mr Parkin and the Careers Advisor will be available at the Year 10 parents evening for additional support.
In addition, curriculum areas will be seeking to develop links between pupils’ studies and the world of work as we continue to develop our provision.
Pupils will have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement during the autumn term, which is arranged by Mr Parkin and supported by Mr Channing.
Mr Parkin and the Careers Advisor will be available at the Year 11 parents evening for additional support if necessary.
If at any time you feel your son or daughter may require further support, please let their form tutor or Mr Parkin know as soon as possible.
An Action Plan will be completed in their Careers appointment(s), detailing what they need to research and what they are initially considering for their Post 16 education or training.
AFTER LALEHAM GAP SCHOOL
The school will support the Local Authority by tracking pupils for two years after they leave the school. In most cases this will be done by contacting the pupils new post 16 provider however in some cases a member of school staff may contact parents to discuss. Please contact the Careers Leader should you require any advice, guidance or support.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
The Careers Leader at Laleham Gap School is Mr Parkin, who works with Mr Channing and form tutors in the planning and delivering of a careers programme, which includes advice for pupils as well as employer engagement and support.
Pupils at Laleham Gap School are also supported in their “Career Planning” by an Independent Impartial Careers Advisor.
If you have any queries please contact Mr Parkin
Updated September 2019 – reviewed annually