The intent of our Careers Programme is to provide students & their families with the information/ opportunities available to raise their awareness, knowledge & understanding of post school opportunities and their pathways to get there.
From an early age we seek & acknowledge pupils interests and aspirations implementing these into the school day recognising how this process impacts upon pupil engagement and developing sense of curiosity, awe and wonder.
We additionally acknowledge that a young person’s aspirations and career thoughts/ ideas are the beginnings of their pathway to further learning and work.
Through the information received we will help them to make informed decisions about their future, which helps them raise their aspirations and ambitions for it. We recognise our young people can play an active & positive role in society and make an active contribution to it (which may include the work place) and therefore need to prepare them well.
Our careers offer is closely aligned to our Work-Related Learning offer and subsequent curriculum content. Such aspects are a fundamental component of the EHCP/ Annual Review process where ‘next steps’, career pathways and outcomes are identified as students begin to approach adulthood (from Year 9 onward).
For more detailed information relating to the content of the Careers Programme at Nancealverne School, please look at the following sections and attached documents.
Teacher and Professionals Information
The Good Career Guidance Report identifies a set of eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision to secure that every young person will receive high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.
Within our schools we aim to achieve (where deemed appropriate) all eight Benchmarks recommended by the Gatsby Foundation, establishing through a baseline where each school is in relation to providing these.
For any questions or to find further information about the school's careers programme please contact the Careers Leader for the school
Name: Naomi Thomson
Role: Careers Lead and Post 16 Lead/Teacher
Phone: 01736 365039
Throughout the whole of their school life, children will be exposed to a curriculum which develops their skills and in particular skills which enable independence, working with others and making a positive contribution to society in whichever way they can achieve this. A more formal focus on careers and the future is initiated in Key Stage 3 (Year 7) where students and their families are encouraged to attend events which begin to identify their strengths and areas of interest (aspirations).
As previously stated, students Annual Review meetings will help all students and their families to review their achievements and begin to plan for their future via the ‘My Views’ documentation provided by the Local Authority. All such documentation will be discussed with parents at the review to begin the process of making decisions which will be required as our students begin to prepare for life beyond our schools.
As a school we want to make sure that student, parent and family voice is also considered when we think about the future and planning for it. We approach the different priorities for young people by looking at two ways of thinking about a career/job/or the future;
*Future me – Our school will acknowledge the fundamental needs of the students who will not be able to fully participate in determining or ultimately deciding their future; careers education & access to it will need to remain highly personalised ensuring outcomes & post school career decisions made will always act in the students ‘best interests’
*Independent me – The school will fully acknowledge the active contribution students are able to make in finding out about their post school options & subsequent choices relating to it.
Students will develop & use their knowledge & understanding of such options referencing these to their personal skills & qualities & ways they may need to progress/ develop further; this aspect recognises the opportunities provided for students to increase their personal autonomy in some decisions made.
All aspects of careers work will continue to be informed via their aspirations/ interests identifying programmes of study/ qualifications required to help them work towards/ achieve their career goal.
Enterprise Advisor Network and Careers Hub:
Each of our schools is a member of the Enterprise Adviser Network and benefits from the support of Enterprise Advisers; working collaboratively with the school they aim to provide strategic and delivery support to the Careers Coordinator and the Senior Leadership Team of each of our schools.
Part of their roles and responsibilities will be to link education and business; through planned meetings over the academic year each school will determine actions to develop this aim, it will be the responsibility of the careers coordinator to ensure relevance of such plans and identify impact of them to secure success.
We are also a member of the Careers Hub in the local area and work collaboratively with schools and advisers to strengthen the opportunities for work place visits, employer encounters and labour market information sharing.
How can I get involved?
As a local employer, we would love to hear from you! Any offers for visits, talks within school, work experience and volunteering opportunities for our students are always welcomed!
Please contact Naomi on the details above if you think you could help.