Work-related Learning Coordinator: Mrs H Nicholls
Building on the school’s achievement of being awarded Investors in Careers for the past 15 years, careers education and guidance begins in Year 7 at Sandhurst and is mapped against the new Gatsby Benchmarks to support the changing landscape for career guidance. ‘The eight Gatsby Benchmarks define an ambitious framework for career guidance that works for schools, employers and, most importantly, young people and their families’ Sir John Holman, April 2018. The careers programme will be reviewed annually, next review, November 2018.
2017/18 Work Related Learning Programme
Equipping our young people with essential knowledge and skills for the future
PHSCE & Citizenship
Through these timetabled lessons we will deliver a number of career and work-related learning sessions to students from Year 7-13, giving opportunity to learn more about employment law, options, qualifications, skills & attributes, being work ready, the skills gap, labour market information, applying to college & sixth form, cv writing and interview techniques.
Delivering apprenticeship workshops to Year 10 – 13. Ensuring students have the knowledge to make informed decisions about future choices, they will be given the opportunity to learn more about the apprenticeships being offered, at what level and how to apply. Interested students will be signed up to the National Apprenticeship website.
Every Year 12 student should complete a week of work experience in the summer term. Students are expected to source their own placements and should be related to individual lines of study and future aspirations. Work experience is highly valued by employers and universities.
Learning to Work [LTW] & Thames Valley Berkshire LEP [TVB]
Our partnerships with both LTW & TVB allow us to really engage students with the world of work. Through collaborative working we have good, established relationships with local employers and are regularly able to invite employers in to school or take students out to industry for awareness days throughout the year. This year we welcome a new partner, Romans, with many exciting events planned for the year, not least, our Year 11 interview skills day.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths [STEM] – we are pleased to have recently been presented with the Silver Award for STEM participation from Reading University.
Extra-Curricular – A unique opportunity for students to meet local & national employers and providers of apprenticeships, further & higher education
The Public Service Show, Farnborough Air Show , GCSE Hospitality visit to Premier Inn, GCSE Hair & Beauty visit to Pennyhill Park, NCS, UCAS Exhibitions, Farnborough College Careers & Futures Day, WOOP – STEM programme, Berkshire Apprenticeship Show, World Skills and Bracknell Forest Careers Fair.
Career Inspired Workshops
- Feeding Britain Programme – Employability Skills with Coca-Cola, Cadbury’s, Aldi, Premier Foods, IGD and Kimberley Clarke.
- Careers Carousel exploring cyber security & marketing roles with Romans, public services with Thames Valley Police, the retail sector with Apple, healthcare with the NHS and sport.
- Cambridge Science Conference 2017.
- NCS Summer Programme 2018
- Engineering with XTRAC
- Skills Development with Rentokill
- Apprenticeship Mock Assessment Day with ASK
- If you would like to get involved with any of our events or you have other programmes to offer that might be of interest please contact us through our contacts page. Please leave your name, company name and area of interest or brief programme details along with your contact email address.
- Regular career updates are posted in the school’s weekly newsletter and include information on; apprenticeships, forthcoming events, open days, qualifications and post 16 options & opportunities. Timely letters are also sent home to parents throughout the year.
Specialist, impartial careers advice is available to all KS4 & 5 students. Referrals can be made by a tutor or students can request an appointment. Our PA, Claire Thomas, will be available every Wednesday, by appointment only. Claire will also be available at Year 9, 10, 11 & Sixth Form subject evenings to speak with students and parents.
At Sandhurst we feel it is important for students to be engaged in the design, delivery and evaluation of information, advice and guidance provision. We welcome any feedback from students and encourage our young people to offer their views and opinions. All feedback and ideas should be given to Mrs. Nicholls.
Moving On Magazine – Available Here
‘Moving On’ magazine will continue to form part of our KS4 student’s careers education and we hope that students and parents alike will spend some time looking through each edition.
Feedback & Evaluation
We welcome all feedback that will positively influence and shape the careers programme from students, parents and employers. The careers lead is available at parents evenings and a questionnaire provides students and parents with a chance to express their views and opinions. The information that we receive forms part of the annual review. With the support of our linked governor, Jan Edwards, we further assess the impact that the careers programme has through the school council, progression & destination analysis, compass tracker and our ‘Investors in Careers’ kite mark.
How to get in touch: Please contact the school via our contacts page on the school website.