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.

From this September years 8 to 10 will all receive a Career’s Life Skills lesson once a fortnight. For further information on lessons please go the the Curriculum & Learning tab and click on Careers & Life Skills. 

We would appreciate your patience as we go through this review period and make changes to create a fully imbedded careers programme for our students. We will continue to upload this page with our news and events relating to Careers.

If you wish to meet our new Career Teacher to discuss your child’s individual needs, please email Mrs Harden – hardens@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

Careers Programme 2018_19 (Draft)

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Work Experience

In year 10 all students will have the opportunity to do work experience, this is a fantastic way of exploring career opportunities and learning valuable life skills in the work place. At the first year 10 parent interviews evening (October 2018) there will be a short presentation to parents and students to explain the process and what to do in terms of getting a work placement. Although work placements are found by the students, we are holding a coffee morning inviting in local business from Gravesham who may be prepared to offer some work placements. Work experience is not just good on a CV it has been proven that students who attend regular work experiences will have a 15% rise in their GCSE grades. We would appreciate parents and guardians support to encourage the students to get involved.

Relevant work experience paperwork is available for download below.

Work Experience

Agreement Form

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Employer Letter

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Employer Report

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Open Days/Information Evenings

It is always a good idea to go to open days/evenings to gather information about your future options. Details of such events within Kent can be found on the UCASProgress website: https://www.ucasprogress.com/search

For your information, all Year 11 students should have/will be receiving their UCASProgress log on details through the post. This will have their unique username and password that will allow them to access the application process for all schools and colleges in Kent. They will need to keep this secure and use it within their Life skills lessons.

You can start applying for Sixth Form from October 1st 2018.

Saint George’s Sixth Form Information Evening will be taking place on Thursday 8th November 2018 (6:30-8:00pm).