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% 100%
Dec 2018 88% 100% 90%` 93% 100% 100% 83% 87%
National 4% 30% 9% 13% 37% 39% 8% 46%

Next audit: July 2019

School SLT: Lead Karen Kelso

Link Governor: Steve Starkie

Enterprise Advisor: Mark Watters

Inspira link: Mel Carr

Inspira advisor: Abigail Finlay

Activity

Activity: 

  • ½ termly meeting with KMK MW MC
  • Development of the Careers plan
  • Engagement with area CEIAG network on a termly basis
  • Paper informing SLT of new requirements Jan 2018
  • Middle leader briefing Feb 2018 – meeting the requirements and sharing good practice
  • Subject leader curriculum audit Easter 2018
  • Directors of Learning CEIAG audit 2018
  • Gaps identified in and links to performance in GB audited.
  • KMK engaged in the STEM Insight programme with local employers Summer 2018
  • SL and DoLs complete careers plan
  • Careers advisor training undertaken by NG – ongoing
  • Whole staff training on BECBC by BECBC with sharing of good practice across school by INSPIRA
  • KMK interview by National STEM centre for online training course for Science teachers and schools careers leaders as an example of best practice.
  • Unifrog training in place and roll out planned for Easter 2019
  • Hub school lead declined.
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
Career Aspirations

Useful Links & Documents

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 

Parents’ Pack – Apprenticeship Information June 2019 – Download Document

Parents’ Pack – Apprenticeship Information October 2019 – Download Document

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

You can also contact Mr Gillson, our Careers Advisor on 01946 692275 or by e-mailing careersguidance@st-benedicts.cumbria.sch.uk