This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. The governing boards of maintained schools have a statutory duty to ensure that all registered pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from years 8 to 13.
All pupils in years 8 (up to Year 13 in Upper School) are entitled:
Management of provider access requests
A provider wishing to request access should contact:
R Herbert, Head of Y8 and careers leader
Opportunities for access
A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:
PSCHE careers scheme of workY8 – scheme of work linked to careers and progression
Focussed week of ‘Start’ careers programme
Enterprise project in FFT
Fire Forward programme (if available)
Other opportunities throughout the school for providers to come in and speak to the children
Premises and facilities
The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Library, which is managed by the school librarian. The Library is available to all students at lunch and break times.
The delivery of the careers programme will be from a range of staff across the school and will be monitored by HOY 8. The programme will be delivered in Y7&8 as we are a middle school. As a school we introduce careers related activities across the whole school and pupils from Y5 will have meaningful encounters with a range of employers through assemblies and personal learning days.
The following table outlines the delivery of the careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks. This will be monitored and updated as appropriate, initially using the compass careers benchmark tool.
The Gatsby Benchmarks and Leighton Middle School
Leighton Middle School evidence
1. A stable careers programme
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
2.Learning from career and labour market information
Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3.Addressing the needs of each student
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4.Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers – this is an area that staff focus on in their curriculum areas.
e.g. STEM subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths – speakers are invited in to share their experiences.
5.Encounters with employers and employees
Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes
6.Experiences of workplaces
Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7.Encounters with further and higher education
All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
This section may be filled with information from Upper School?
PSCHE programme in Y8 discusses work placements, apprenticeships and University places to give pupils an idea of pathways they could follow. This also gave examples of possible employment with career pathways, relevant qualifications and had a focus on early preparation for options in Y9.
Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.
Upper School with provide pupils with careers interviews as part of their programme.
Middle schools may not meet this benchmark and are not expected to do so.
Our Child Protection Policy and Procedures outlines the school’s procedure for checking the identity and suitability of visitors.
Education and training providers will be expected to adhere to this policy.
Links to other policies
Child Protection Policy and Procedures
The school’s arrangements for managing the access of education and training providers to students are monitored by Head of Year 8.
This policy will be reviewed by Natalie Black (Assistant Headteacher) on a yearly basis.
At every review, the policy will be approved by the governing board.
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