Careers, Life Skills & Work Experience

At Saint George’s we are committed in providing career advice and guidance to all students from years 7 to 13. We are currently in the process of reviewing how we deliver career advice and how we match up to the new government Gatsby Benchmarks. These bench marks have been brought in to ensure every child receives good quality advice and guidance whilst in school, so they are fully ready to make choices after year 11. We would appreciate your patience as we go through these benchmarks and judge ourselves against them to see how we are working and how as a school we can improve. Please read the Gatsby Benchmarks so you can understand how we are going to move forward with career support.

The Gatsby benchmarks are as follows:

  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 pupils, parents, teachers and employers. Please see the download below of our current careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information – Every pupil 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 the best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil – Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support needs to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s career programme should embed quality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wise range of career pathways.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees – Every pupil 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 opportunities including visitors speakers mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experience of Workplace – Every pupil should have first hand experiences of the work place through work visits, work shadowing and work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their network.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education – All pupils 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 work place.
  8. Personal Guidance – Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with career adviser who could be internal or external or a member of the school’s staff provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

 

Work Experience

Year 10 Work Experience will take place Monday 13th – Friday 17th July 2020 (the very last week of Term 6 before the Summer Holidays). More details to follow in Term 3. Please direct any queries to the Year 9 & 10 Raising Standards Leader, Miss Cocks.

Open Days/Information Evenings

 

Career Plans & Future Paths

It is important that all students carry out research to help you to plan for your future career. As well as having access to our careers advisor for independent and impartial advice. The links below are all useful plces where you can find out about a range of career options and carry out quizzes and tests to help you recognise your strength and interests. 

Links to the following useful careers websites:

https://www.kentprospectus.co.uk/

The following websites all provide young people with excellent, independent, impartial careers information, advice and guidance: 

www.cxk.org – A very useful site for all sorts of advice and guidance for young people 

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ – a very useful site for all aspects of independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance. 

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – Government website for finding apprenticeships 

https://www.kenttrainingandapprenticeships.co.uk/ – Local Kent apprenticeship website