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.
At Sandhurst school we continuously review how we deliver CIAG to ensure that we raise aspirations, aim high and open more doors for every individual. Good career guidance means showing all students the options open to them, whichever route they eventually take. The Benchmarks provide a clear framework to help us develop our careers provision across the whole school.
- 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
Throughout their time at Sandhurst, students will have numerous opportunity to meet with employers and visit workplaces. There will be access to careers fairs, apprenticeship events and visits to local colleges and universities. Through tutor time there will be a variety of activities to increase knowledge and ensure students are able to make informed decisions. All student activity is recorded and available to individuals on request.
2018/19 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 and will be invited to attend our annual mock assessment centre day.
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. Last year we welcomed a new partner, Romans, who continue to support and compliment our existing provision with a number of exciting events, including the return of the hugely successful Year 11 Interview Skills Day.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths [STEM]
We are pleased to hold 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, Medical Mavericks and Bracknell Forest Careers Fair.
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 or call the careers coordinator on 01344 775678.
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 received by all students in KS4 & 5 through a programme of workshops and individual interviews. In addition each student will receive a comprehensive action plan to support them moving forward. Adviza will be available every Wednesday, by appointment only. They will also be available at Year 9, 10, 11 & Sixth Form subject evenings to speak with students and parents.
Post 16 – Planning ahead
In Year 9 there is a robust programme in place to ensure students are adequately supported through the option process. It is important that students with specific career ideas check the college/university websites to see if they require specific GCSE subjects to apply for courses, however, for most we recommend choosing subjects that they enjoy, are good at and are happy to continue studying for a further two years. In the Autumn Term of Year 11, all students will need to submit their applications for college and those looking at apprenticeships will need to start researching and applying online.
Students can apply to more than one institution and it is encouraged that they have a back-up plan in case their first choice is not successful. Students are reminded to be realistic about their final grades when selecting which levels to apply for. As a general rule, 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above (including English & maths) are required to access A Levels or Level 3 courses. In some instances, particularly in STEM, students may be required to have specific subjects at GCSE and up to grade 6.
Those who do not obtain the grade 4 or above in English and/or maths will be required to continue studying these subjects whilst at college.
The National Careers Service – See the link below
The National Careers Service online advisers help students and their parents to get instant advice and help on anything to do with careers, education and training. The web chat service is easy to use – if you’re aged 13 or over and live in England they can help. An adviser will chat online with you to help you plan out your next steps and help build on the advice you receive in school. They can even arrange to send you a copy of the chat by email so that you can use this as an action plan.
What you can expect:
- Experienced, impartial advisers available from 8am to 10pm every day
- Help for young people (and their parents too!)
- Get help with your next steps and create an action plan
- Confidential and FREE
- Access the service as many times as you like
- There for you outside of school hours
- The option to remain anonymous
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, Tracey Brundish, we further assess the impact that the careers programme has through the school council, progression & destination analysis and the compass tracker tool.
How to get in touch: Please contact the school via our contacts page on the school website or call the careers coordinator on 01344 775678.
New for 2020, the introduction of T Levels. Initially these will be offered in limited subject areas, however, we encourage you to find out more about these qualifications and will be providing you with further details following an information assembly to students in September 2019.