Careers education is a highly valued and important part of what we offer students at KLB School to prepare them for their future. We are incredibly proud of the provision in curriculum, extra-curricular and information and guidance offered to each and every student. The school aims to deliver careers guidance that is impartial, confidential and based on the needs of individual pupils.
Our policy is to support, encourage and enable pupils to make informed choices and transitions related to their personal, educational and career development. The careers programme is comprehensive and underpinned by the GATSBY benchmarks and guidance from the Department of Education.
Information about our Careers Provision
For a detailed breakdown of the Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) policy at KLB School, please see the CEIAG policy in the Policies (General) section of the school website. This policy was updated and approved by the Governors in February 2021. Careers education helps young people to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills that they need to make well-informed, carefully considered choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work, and to help them manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives. Careers education also draws on and contributes to the whole school curricular development of students’ employability skills as defined by the CBI, which are listed below;
- Team working
- Business and customer awarenes
- Problem solving
- Communication and literacy
- Application of numeracy
- Application of information technology
The Baker Clause is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 which states that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to all students in years 8- 13 to tell them about non-academic routes which are available to them. The provisions made at KLB School are detailed in the Provider Access Policy below. In summary, all students at KLB have opportunities to learn about opportunities to access alternative routes to employment, including vocational qualifications and apprenticeships via readiness curriculum activities which include; drop down days, assemblies, tutorials, Morrisby, work experience and careers fairs. Policy-Provider-access
The careers programme therefore does not describe a subject or study in its own right but relates to a range of work related elements of the KLB school curriculum and the principles of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges, namely;
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career & labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers & employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance.
- (See Appendix one of the CEIAG policy for a fuller explanation of these benchmarks.)
- Careers Education and Guidance
- Work Experience
- National Curriculum Subjects
- Personal and Social Education including tutor time and assemblies
- Vocational Education
- An annual Careers Convention (Not in 2020 or 2021 due to Coronavirus)
- College visits
- Input from our Enterprise Adviser.
All students from Years 8 – 13 have a statutory right to independent careers advice. The school uses the services of a professional careers advisor from an external organisation and students can access this service by speaking to the Careers Leader. At certain times of year the focus is on Year 11 students who may need support with post 16 options. If parents would like further information about the service, please contact the Head of Careers at email@example.com.
All students in Years 9 – 13 and their parents/carers are invited to the school’s annual Careers Convention held towards the end of September. The school aims to include as wide a range of local employers as possible as well as further and higher education providers. Unfortunately due to the social distancing regulations currently in place, it was not feasible to run this event in 2020 or 2021
Prior to making option choices for Year 10, students use an on-line tool www.morrisbycareers.com. This helps to identify the types of career they may be interested in and may influence their choice of courses to study in Years 10 and 11.
All Year 10 students are expected to find a work experience placement during the school’s block work experience week, which is usually the penultimate week of Term 6. If you or your child needs help to finding a suitable placement please contact Helen Isaacs for further information, either by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a parent who is able to offer a work experience placement to a Year 10 student, please contact Simon Pegg, Head of Careers , at email@example.com.
Usually early in Year 11, (after the Careers Convention) all of our Y11 students experience a mock interview conducted by Cotswold Tyndale Rotary Club. This provides a valuable interview experience with constructive and supportive feedback and is especially useful to those students applying for a college course or apprenticeship in Y11 as well as helping to develop an employability skill for our students looking for part time work.
The independent careers advisor can offer help to students looking for an apprenticeship. If you would like your son/daughter to receive advice about apprenticeships, please contact Simon Pegg, Head of Careers, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school will also post vacancies for local jobs and apprenticeships that we are advised about on the Careers News page of the website. Students should also check the national apprenticeship website on a regular basis: https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships There are also plans to run apprenticeship talks from local employers such as Renishaw using KLB alumini where possible as well as an apprenticeship assembly & workshop run by Workpays for KS 4 during term 3 or 4.
The careers department arranges more occasional one-off events including:
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities with the support of STEM representatives from local businesses. Activities have included ‘speed-dating’ (for Year 11 students who may wish to study STEM subjects at A level and beyond), engagement in local design and engineering competitions and visits to local engineering companies.
- Visits to careers shows for students who may be interested in vocational courses and apprenticeships
- Whole group talks by business representatives and apprenticeships.
- Taster sessions at colleges
The school will endeavour to publish information on the Careers News page of the website regarding the local apprenticeships & job vacancies we are informed about as well as any other information of interest received from businesses, FE & HE providers. Information of a careers related nature will also be emailed home regularly to parents / carers of Y10/Y11.
The quality of careers education shall be evaluated by;
- the analysis of the destinations of students after they have left the school and, where available, information about their progress in further or higher education, training and employment.
- through surveys of students in the school and also through exit surveys towards the end of Year 11 and Year 13.
- feedback from students who have used the services of the independent Prospects adviser
- feedback from employers
- feedback from parents
- reporting to SLT and the governors annually using the Compass self-evaluation tool or equivalent.
Career Coach for Gloucestershire
Local website supporting young people in accessing skills and job search
Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.
Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.
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Some risky jobs might seem obvious, but others might come as a surprise.