Careers - Overview
‘INSPIRE, INFORM AND PREPARE – EVERY PUPIL AT EVERY STAGE’
The provision of careers guidance and support at St George’s Church of England Foundation School seeks to deliver on the July 2021 Department for Education Careers Strategy. We are also committed to pursuing the Investor in Careers award, a Quality in Careers Standard through CSW Group Ltd.
An outline of our Careers journey at Secondary is shown below, with more detail in 'Our Provision'.
"A real team effort" - School visitor
"A big thank you to you for your support with applications and interviews this year" - parent
"Students receive high-quality careers advice. By the time students complete Year 13, they have experienced the world of work. Very few students leave the sixth form without having secured a place in training, education or employment" - OFSTED, 2019
Updated March 2022 – reviewed annually
Who is involved in the Careers programme?
WHO IS INVOLVED?
The Careers Team is :
Careers Leader - Mr Morgan (Assistant Headteacher - Personal Development)
Mr Knight (Director of Personal Development)
Mr Duffy (Primary)
Mrs Sadler (Director of Student Careers - particularly KS3 and 4), and
Mrs Howard (Transition and Progression Manager, particularly KS5 Careers)
Mrs Buckingham organises Work Experience in years 10 and 12, with EBP.
Our Careers Link Governor is the Reverend Paul Worledge.
The team work to plan and deliver a Careers programme, which includes advice for pupils, parents and staff as well as employer engagement and support. Pupils are also supported in their “Career Planning” by Chris Targett and Vicky Tucker. Both are independent and impartial Career Development Professionals employed by CXK.Ltd (www.cxk.org). We also receive support from the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and have an Enterprise Adviser and Enterprise Co-ordinator.
The Enterprise Advisor Network (EAN) is supported by KCC and CEC, bringing employers and schools together. We have worked together during the past year to develop a strategy and plan for the careers provision at St George’s. We utilise tools such as ‘Compass’ to measure our progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks (see below).
The government has introduced the following mandatory guidance for schools under which are called the Gatsby benchmarks:
The 8 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
“What's available for my son or daughter?"
Currently our primary pupils have visited workplaces linked to some aspects of the curriculum. For example, local restaurants, supermarkets and an ice cream parlour. Pupils in EYFS also engage in role-play activities, often with links to some job roles. During 2018/19 the government planned to spend time researching what kind of careers activities work well in primary schools. We continue to develop the provision within the primary school in line with government guidance.
All Secondary pupils have access to unifrog (see HERE)
KEY STAGE 3
Careers and the wider world of work plays a key role in our PSHE programme of study, which is taught across the curriculum in Key Stage 3. Pupils in Years 7 to 9 will have their learning regularly linked to careers and the wider world of work. This will include some relevant visits to and visitors from relevant organisations. In Year 9, specific support is given to guide pupils as they select their GCSE options.
Mr Targett continues to provide additional support to all years, with their career development on Wednesday lunch times and additional days when he is in school, where he is available at the popular “lunchtime drop-in” service in the Heart; no appointment needed – just “drop-in” and speak with Chris.
In line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, which set out best practice for schools, we are looking to develop more workplace encounters for pupils across KS3, particularly in STEM subjects.
Support will be provided for Year 10 pupils choosing their next steps, through an initial Assembly in the Summer Term and then small group interviews held in school with Mr Targett; these sessions will continue into Year 11.
Pupils usually have the opportunity to complete a Work Experience placement during the summer term, which is arranged by Mrs Buckingham. Unfortunately in June/July 2020 and 2021 this opportunity was lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we had a Virtual Work Experience instead.
Curriculum areas will be seeking to develop links between pupils’ studies and the world of work as we continue to develop our provision. Pupils can also make use of the Careers resources in the school library.
Each Year 11 pupil will be seen by Mr Targett in a group interview for “Careers Guidance” before Christmas, following this, those pupils who need a little more help will be seen for a one to one interview.
If you feel your son or daughter will need a one to one interview, please let their form tutor, Mrs Sadler or Mr Morgan know as soon as possible.
Each pupil will complete an Action Plan in their appointment(s), detailing what they need to research and what they are initially considering for their Post 16 education or training. This will include when they need to make applications through the Area Prospectus : Kent Choices 4 U.
Pupils can also make use of the careers resources in the reflection room (student support). Another useful resource is CXK resources
CXK Careers Advisors provide ongoing support to our Sixth Form pupils with regards preparing for their next steps after their studies, whether Apprenticeships, School Leaver Schemes, Gap Years and Higher Education (such as University and Distance Learning). This helps pupils to explore the options and pathways available, including where they may lead and the opportunities therein. Miss Green is the Sixth Form Careers Lead.
Year 12 pupils particpate in a one week Work Experience during Term 3 in February.
Work related skills events are also visited so that pupils learn about and develop appropriate skills valued by employers. The school also encourages visitors from a range of sectors to speak with pupils. Pupils can also make use of the careers resources in the School Library and Sixth Form Common Room.
Our programme is reviewed and assessed annually, using a number of sources of information, such as number of NEETS (those not in education or employment) and looking at onward destinations (apprenticeships, universities, jobs).
- all of our 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.
Labour Market Information
WHAT IS LMI?
Labour Market Information (LMI) can provide us with insights into different jobs and opportunities, telling us what is available now or predicted to be in the future. It can be gathered from a wide array of sources from websites run by Government funded organisations, through to adverts for job vacancies in local papers and online. Even anecdotal sources such as conversations with friends and family can give us information on who maybe recruiting. Each source can provide us with information on the labour market.
Turning it into intelligence, however, is key. To do that it is important to ask yourself, How was the information gathered, when, by whom and for what purpose? This will affect what the data is attempting to prove (if biased) or what it may mean for you and your career decisions.
For example: If the data was collected five years ago? How reliable is it? (not very) However, if the data was collected last week it is likely to be more reliable.
To create a clearer picture, it is important to try and use more than one source of information to get as big a view as possible (much like when you check more than one customer satisfaction surveys and review sites when buying a car, laptop or new mobile phone). Using more than one source of data increases the odds of accuracy.
TOP TIP: LMI is often seen as a reliable prediction of the future; this is always the case as any forecast is open to fluctuations and change. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the further away the prediction is, the more open to change the forecast will be.
Research helps you to find out what is possible and is key to understanding what is going on. It can sometimes be a little tricky though so, remember there are plenty of sources of support to help you with this parents, carers, teachers, friends and your careers adviser!
Below we have added some useful LMI web links which, cover the labour market in Kent and beyond; we hope you find them helpful. We take no responsibility for decisions made using this data nor the on-going validity of each source; instead, we encourage you to investigate each one with care and consideration.
Once you have explored the data and information, it is then YOUR CHOICE what you would like to do in the future.
Good luck with your research!
Mr Chris Targett
CXK Area Manager Information, Advice & Guidance
Years 7 and 8 Pupils
For year 7 and 8 we recommend exploring Unifrog. Also, a Psychometric Test can be used to identify your strengths, aptitudes and unlock your potential. Mr Targett explains Psychometric Assessments :
In year 9 you will be choosing your options for year 10. You can go to those pages for more help.
These are some of the skills that future employers will be looking for:
- Communicating with others
- Using maths
- Problem solving
- Using ICT
- Being well organised
- Leadership skills
- Being able to work alone (independent)
- Being actively involved in your community
Do you have any evidence of these skills???
CEIAG Document and Provider Statement
Our CEIAG Document can be found HERE.
Our Provider Access Statement is HERE
In 2021/22 we have had frequent visitors to the school to take assemblies or visit lessons. This includes a number of alumni. We have had visits from Higher Education institutions, employers and employees. We are keen for our pupils to hear about people's career journeys, whether they were conventional or not.
Explore different roles and search by subject areas to find out where your choices could take you. Complete the personality quiz called “the buzz quiz” to see if your personality is a good fit with different occupations. This is useful for some students but not the only way to decide on your future choices. Click Here
Take this personality quiz to see how your character may link to your future career aspirations. It's suitable for some pupils but, not all.