Our policy is set within the school’s four principles of:
Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.
Stanborough School is committed to providing our students with a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in years 7 – 13.
Stanborough Careers Education and Guidance policy has the following aims:
- To provide a careers programme that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers
- To learn from career and labour market information
- To address the needs of each student at different stages of their education
- To link curriculum learning to careers
- To give students opportunities to engage with employers and employees.
- To give students all students the opportunity to experience at least one workplace
- To ensure all students understand the full range of learning opportunities available to them e.g. (academic, vocational, learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace)
- To ensure every student has the opportunity for personal guidance
- To raise students awareness of employability skills
Implementation of Careers Education
Careers Education takes part in a variety of ways: through planned sessions in Years 7 – 13 supported by Careers Leader and Careers advisor/ Life skills leader and delivered by tutors, at key appropriate points throughout the academic year and through activities in tutor times. In addition, subject teachers embed careers education in their lessons to contextualise the learning and bring it to life. All students participate in at least one work shadowing and work experience by the time they leave school. This is alongside all students having at least one meaningful employer encounter each year which takes part during lessons, assemblies, whole/part day activities and planned external visits throughout the year.
Equality and Diversity
Careers education is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.
Implementation of Careers Guidance
i) Careers Guidance support
- Available to all students
- Available as individual interviews with Careers advisor, SLT, middle leaders and YC Herts Careers advisors as appropriate throughout the year
- Available advice and guidance at Careers Events and PTIs and whenever significant study or career choices are being made e.g Year 8 options and post 16 choices
- Tailored careers group work based on students’ needs throughout the year
- External sources of advice and guidance made available for all students via the VLE, display boards in school, social media, Stanborough Times, twitter and emails to students and parents, Employer and Further education encounters; academic and vocational routes, Colleges, Universities Workplace learning; Apprenticeships providers
ii) Careers Fairs and Opportunity Days/Employer encounters for example
- Aim Higher Day at Hertfordshire University
- Consortium Careers conference
- Emirates University and apprenticeships search fair
- STEM Fair
- Future Heroes Fair (Health and Social care careers Expo)
- Crucial Crew (careers Fair)
- Employer visits
- Employer led career lessons/days
- Guest speakers from various professions.
- College taster days
- Year 11 carousel 6th form subject taster day
- In school planned careers fair is organised each year for all students to attend
- Year 8 have a carousel of activities enabling more informed choices of GCSE options
- Employer mentoring
- 6th Form Work shadowing week
- Year 10 Work Experience week
- Year 8 Work Shadowing day
- Extended Work Experience
iii) Careers Hub, VLE-Careers, Post16Stan Twitter, School Website/Careers micro-site
- A wide variety of resources
- 24/7 availability
- Careers hub situated in the LRC
Parents and carers
Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Parents are kept up to date with careers related information through letters, newsletters, emails, schools website, Twitter and at open evenings. Parents are welcome at careers interviews and where appropriate are invited.
A partnership agreement is in place with the Careers and Enterprise Company which enables senior business volunteers to work with our school to build employer engagement plans. The purpose of the network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and our school. Our continued ongoing agreement in place with YC Hertfordshire is to support our careers programme offer advice and guidance to students and support our students during the work experience process. We have a strong ongoing partnership with Paypoint, MBDA, Willmot Dixon, Glaxo Smith Klein and Airbus. We also have employer mentors for some of our students and have over the years built up great links with our work experience providers.
Monitoring Review and Evaluation
Careers Education is monitored and evaluated annually through meetings with the Assistant Headteacher with Line Management responsibilities for careers, the careers leader, Advisors, administrators and linked careers governor. The provision for Career guidance and any partnerships are assessed yearly in light of changes in provision and school needs.
Careers advice is also given through the annual Careers Convention, held each year, which is attended by all of year 11 and the sixth form. At the Convention, over 25 expert advisers, representing many different careers from the traditional such as Accountancy and Law to the more modern such as Visual Effects and Web Design, give advice to our students.
Career talks are organised for our students aimed at increasing awareness of specific careers and the typical qualities sought by organisations when recruiting. An example has been talks from a senior partner in a FMCG firm giving an overview of careers within their industry, talks by a consultant for those interested in medicine to a local successful self-employed entrepreneur.
Tailored careers guidance is available to all students through booking an appointment with the schools careers guidance advisor (Via their tutor, Head/Deputy Head of Year or Mrs Ahmad or referral from their subject teacher). Students are also able to use the LRC or the school website careers page where they will be able to access relevant information online about courses and careers.
It is also possible for students from all year groups to make an appointment with Youth Connexions ‘one stop shop’ outside school.