Careers, Education & Guidance

Progress towards the Gatsby Benchmarks:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Dec 2017 25% 50% 71% 0% 100% 50% 66% 87%
Dec 2018 88% 100% 90% 93% 100% 100% 83% 87%
July 2019 88% 100% 90% 100% 100% 100% 100% 87%
Dec 2019 94% 100% 90% 100% 100% 100% 100% 75%
Easter 2020 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 75%
National 21% 45% 20% 38% 52% 57% 21% 57%

Next audit: Summer 2020

School SLT: Lead Karen Kelso

Link Governor: Steve Starkie

Enterprise Advisor: Gary Martin

Inspira link: Mel Carr

Inspira advisor: Abigail Finlay

Activity

Activity: 

  • Half termly meetings with SLT lead, Enterprise Adviser and Enterprise co-ordinator
  • Development of the Careers plan reviewed termly updated annually
  • Engagement with area CEIAG network on a termly basis
  • Updating SLT and the Governing Body
  • Leading on INSET Training for staff
  • Subject leaders careers in the curriculum is audited annually
  • Heads of Year CEIAG audit annually
  • Gaps identified with respect to performance against the Gatsby Benchmarks and actions taken to fully achieve them
  • Mrs Kelso engaged in the STEM Insight programme with local employers
  • Whole staff training on BECBC by BECBC with sharing of good practice across school Mrs Kelso advising National STEM centre for online training course for Science teachers and schools careers leaders on example of best practice as how to embed careers advice in the curriculum.
  • Unifrog training in place for staff and roll out at Easter 2019 with further workshops for students in Autumn 2019 and additional CPD for staff planned for January 2020.
  • Careers of the month activities introduced for tutor time
Measuring & Assessing the Impact of the Careers Programme

It is hard to evaluate the success of any careers programme however we use 3 methods:

  • Published data: The Department for Education publishes a range of data on pupil destinations at 16 and 18 and we compare our school with others in west Cumbria and all schools in England.
  • Compass Tool: We are using the Compass Analysis tool to measure the progress of our careers education against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Evaluating activities: We try to evaluate the success of each activity by asking our students for feedback on the impact of the activity. In some cases we try and see what the longer term, rather than just the immediate, impact is.
Summary of the Careers Programme

Careers Education is an integral part of our curriculum and tutor periods. St Benedict’s has the support of Inspira for independent careers advice and provides careers education and opportunities for all students.

We try to expose the students to a wide range of career/study pathways in as many ways as possible from school delivered sessions, external providers and external visits and nationally recognised programmes. By developing a cohesive programme of CEIAG from primary onwards we can form young people with employability skills, academic qualifications and the confidence to make informed choices about their future.

  • Employer Assemblies
  • Aspirations Assembly
  • Finance Workshops
  • BAE Roadshow
  • Team Building Activities – Employer Led
  • Destination Milky Way Workshop
  • Key Stage 3 Information Evening
  • Unifrog
  • Progress Evenings
  • Employer Assemblies
  • Aspirations Assembly
  • Finance Workshops
  • STEM Club with Ambassadors
  • Science Museum Roadshow
  • Marine Engineering Workshop
  • Solar Racers Workshop
  • Animal Me Workshop
  • Why Care?
  • Key Stage 3 Information Evening
  • Unifrog
  • Progress Evenings
  • Employer Assemblies
  • Choices Assembly
  • Aspirations Assembly
  • World of Work Day
  • Buddy Programme
  • Employer Mentoring
  • Finance Workshops
  • University Visits
  • STEM Club with ambassadors
  • Science Museum Roadshow
  • CEIAG Evening
  • Options Evening
  • Hello Futures Workshops
  • Sixth Former for a Day
  • Unifrog
  • Progress Evenings
  • Employer Assemblies
  • Aspirations Assembly
  • Team Building Activities – Employer Led
  • Apprenticeships Workshop
  • CV Writing
  • Aptitude Test Workshops
  • Mock Interviews with Employers
  • Interview Preparation
  • Careers interviews
  • Work Experience
  • Finance Workshops
  • School Skills Workplace Skills (DWP)
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Key Stage 4 Information Evening
  • Hello Futures Workshop
  • Unifrog
  • Progress Evenings
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Employer Assemblies
  • Aspirations Assembly
  • Apprenticeships Workshop
  • Writing Applications
  • Careers Interviews
  • Finance Workshops
  • Healthcare & Blue Light Event
  • University Visits
  • Sixth Form Open Evening
  • Hello Futures Workshop
  • Unifrog
  • Progress Evenings
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Employer Assemblies
  • Choices Assembly
  • Aspirations Assembly
  • Team Building Activities – Employer Led
  • Apprenticeships Workshop
  • CV Writing
  • Writing Applications
  • Aptitude Test Workshop
  • Careers Interview
  • Work Experience
  • Dream Placement
  • University Workshops
  • Finance Workshops
  • Healthcare & Blue Light Event
  • School Skills Work Place Skills (DWP)
  • University Visits
  • Engineering Education Scheme (EES)
  • Hello Futures Workshops
  • In House Work Experience
  • Unifrog
  • Progress Evenings
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Employer Assemblies
  • Aspirations Assembly
  • Apprenticeships Workshop
  • CV Writing
  • Writing Applications
  • Mock Interviews with Employers
  • Interview Preparation
  • University Workshops
  • Finance Workshops
  • Hello Futures Workshops
  • In House Work Experience
  • Unifrog
  • Progress Evenings
  • Motivational Speakers
Applying to University

Click below for a guide on applying to university.

Provider Access Policy
Starting a Career

PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW: See the documents below for some useful tips on preparing for interviews, both online & in person.

Preparing for an online interview
Preparing to answer questions in an interview

YOUR CV:

Use the CV builder on UNIFROG and get advice on how to ace your CV in the know how library

TO FIND INFORMATION ON HOW CAREERS WORK FOLLOW THE LINK HERE icould gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. There are over a thousand easy to search, varied and unique career videos as well as hundreds of written articles. From telecoms engineers to police officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where they are and their hopes for the future.

TO FIND CAREERS THAT WILL SUIT YOU CLICK  HERE or HERE or HERE You can also log into UNIFROG and filter careers by the subjects you enjoy. Don’t forget to save your favourites.

NOT GOING TO UNIVERSITY FOLLOW THE LINK HERE Don’t know what to do? Want help with careers? Then visit this website to find information about alternatives to university, including jobs, training and apprenticeships.

NEED FURTHER ADVICE? CLICK HERE

CAREEROMETER (LMI For All)

The LMI for All project provides a tool can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers.

This tool helps you to compare national average wages and working hours for up to three occupations.

Try typing in a job that you’d like to investigate and then select a match from the list to see the data
You can then include a second and third choice to view the comparison if required
Be aware that this is national average data, but you can use it to help you get a bigger picture of the potential opportunities on offer when used in conjunction with our own Industry, Sector, Job Role and Organisation profiles here on icanbea…
The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.

Career Aspirations & Role Models

Useful Links & Documents

Alternatives to University PDF – Download

Apprenticeships PDF – Download

Helping your child chose their Options in Year 9 PDF – Download

Tomorrow’s Engineers – https://tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/careers-resources-activities/parents-guide-to-engineering-careers/

CareerMag – https://careermap.co.uk/careermag/

Health Careers – https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/compare-roles

Labour market information by region April – June 2019 – Download Document 

Labour market information July – Sept 2019 – Download Document 

Labour market information January – March 2020 – Download Document

Parents’ Pack – Apprenticeship Information March 2020 – Download Document

Careers Provision Employers

As well as engaging with the BECBC employer activites, we offer a range of bespoke employer curriculum related projects to our students. If you are interested in supporting these projects we would  ask that you contact us directly on admin@st-benedicts.cumbria.sch.uk to arrange for a meeting with one of our team to discuss this further. We look forward to hearing from you soon to find ways for our pupils to benefit from your expertise in the world of work.

Contact:

Our Senior Leader with oversight of the careers programme is Mrs K Kelso Assistant Headteacher. She can be contacted on 01946 692275 or by e-mailing admin@st-benedicts.cumbria.sch.uk