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Careers Education

Summary of the Programme

Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, in order to help them make a successful transition to adulthood by: 

  • Supporting young people to plan and manage their own futures 

  • Providing comprehensive information on all options 

  • Raising aspirations 

  • Promoting equality, diversity, social mobility and challenging stereotypes 

  • Enabling young people to sustain employment and achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives 

All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and help them plan and manage their careers effectively in a changing global world of learning and work 

New careers strategy guidance was issued by the DfE in December 2017. The guidance set out that secondary schools and colleges will continue to be responsible for making sure that their students can access independent careers guidance. The guidance sets out eight benchmarks of good career guidance, developed by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, to set a standard of excellence.   

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are: 

  1. A stable career programme 

  1. Learning from career and labour market information 

  1. Addressing the needs of each pupil 

  1. Linking curriculum to careers 

  1. Encounters with employers and employees 

  1. Experiences of workplaces 

  1. Encounters with further and higher education 

  1. Personal guidance 

NSWL is committed to providing our students with high quality careers education.  

The table below shows year by year the where the Gatsby Benchmarks are addressed in the secondary phase: 

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For details on how we achieve the benchmarks in each year group this has been outlined in the School Careers Strategy found on our website. 


Visiting Speaker Programme 2022-2023 

Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 will have the opportunity to hear from leading industry experts from a wide range of professions including: 

  • Business and Consultancy 

  • Medicine and Dentistry 

  • Accounting 

  • Engineering 

  • PhD Researchers 

  • Law 

  • Civil Service 

  • Tradespeople  

  • Charity 

These talks with highlight pathways to these professions and to inspire our students to start thinking about what career they would like to pursue in the future 


VFPD Curriculum

Part of the KS3 VFPD curriculum will involve learning about careers.  Students will develop their knowledge and skills by learning about topics such as:  

  • What is a career? 

  • Careers of the Future 

  • How to learn about careers? 

  • Skills for the Future 

  • Finding a career to suit your strengths 

  • STEM careers 

Students in Year 7 will also participate in the Step into the NHS competition where they will explore the range of careers available to them in the NHS.  

The knowledge and skills will follow the CDI framework.  


NSWL Careers Contact

NSWL staff who are involved in the delivery of the careers programme are as follows: 

  • Careers Leader: Ms Lucy Haras-Gummer, Assistant Headteacher 

If you would like more information about the Careers programme please contact the Careers Leader via email or telephone.  

Email: Enquiries.NSWL@nishkamschools.org  

Telephone: 0203 141 8760 


Information for Students

The current careers market is changing and it is important students are informed about careers and possibly entry routes. To ensure that students can access this information the school has subscribed to Unifrog.  

Unifrog is an excellent website which all students will have access to.   Unifrog brings into one place information about all post-school opportunities, including every UK university course, apprenticeships including degree apprenticeships, and college courses in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes. This makes it easy for students to compare and choose the best opportunity for them.  All students will receive their login details in Autumn Term.  

There are also a number of other websites available which students might find useful when exploring careers and options.   Below are links to documents and websites which give useful information and guidance.  

  • National Careers Service-A government careers website which allows you to assess your skills and match them to potential new careers, explore over 800 careers and find local learning and training opportunities.  

  • Amazing Apprenticeships-An extensive website which helps you to explore apprenticeships in a wide range of career sectors 

  • I Could- A free to use website which contains over a 1000 videos of people talking about their careers.  Topics such as job roles, career paths, salaries and possibility for future employment opportunities.  

  • Careerometer- A tool which allows you to compare the working hours and average wages for job roles across the UK 

  • The Careers Podcast-LMI has published a podcast which combines useful and inspiring personal development with practical insight into a whole variety of career opportunities, explained first-hand by those who are currently in that role. 


Information for Parents

At NSWL we recognize the pivotal role that parents and carers play in advising and supporting children to make informed decisions about their future careers.  This includes decisions about Key Stage 4, post-16 and post-18 options.  The video below created by Talking Futures and the Gatsby Foundation gives an insight into the influence parents and carers have on their children’s careers. 

Unifrog is our ‘go to’ careers website. Students are provided with a log in which gives them access to careers advice and specific careers activities. The video linked here gives an overview of the uses of Unifrog.

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There are many other websites that offer advice, guidance and information about careers and further education.  

Below are links to documents and websites which give useful information and guidance.  

General Information 

  • A Guide for Parents: Steering your teenager toward a job and career- A guide written for parents and carers to help them make effective decisions about options and careers 

  • Careerometer- A tool which allows you to compare the working hours and average wages for job roles across the UK 

  • Careermag Magazine- (March 2022 Issue) Careermag publications are designed to provide quality, up-to-date information about careers and qualifications.  In this issue, the topics of exam stress, importance of work experience and work readiness are covered.  

  • Paths to Professional Careers: A parent’s guide- Target Careers has compiled a guide for parents about how to support their children, to have conversations about careers and the training required to enter a professional career 

  • Parent Advisor- A website providing information for parents about higher education and University applications 

Information about Education and Training Routes 

Information about Apprenticeships  


Information for Teachers

Teachers of all year groups contribute to Careers education at NSWL.  Examples of this include:

  • Delivering PSHCE lessons on careers in Year 7-9
  • Careers Drop Down Days for Year 10 -11
  • Through teaching about careers within their curriculum areas
  • Delivering careers education in tutor times

All teachers have access to a Unifrog account which will allow them to monitor student use of the platform, set tasks for students to help them learn about careers and to help them teach about careers in their subject areas.

Other resources which teachers may find useful when teaching about careers include:

Information for Employers

NSWL works with the Enterprise Advisor network, which is delivered by the Education Development Trust in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company. NSWL is part of the Education Development Trust’s West London Careers Hub.

If you are an Employer and would like to join our network, please contact the Careers Leader, Ms Lucy Haras-Gummer via email or telephone.

Email: Enquiries.NSWL@nishkamschools.org 

Telephone: 0203 141 8760

 

Employers can support NSWL in a number of ways, including:

  • offering talks to students interested in a particular sector or area of industry;
  • delivering an assembly to students on a particular sector or area of industry to inform students about the world of work;
  • offering interview experience to sixth formers and younger year groups;
  • offering work experience;
  • linking with a relevant Curriculum Leader (Department) in school and allowing visits to the workplace for a class, where it links with a topic being studied, or coming in to speak to a class to bring real world context to a particular topic.

Please read the research into Employer Engagement.  This is a review of the evidence on how employers can support schools to improve outcomes for students.  This research was conducted by Education and Employers, in conjunction with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Provider Access

This section of the policy 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.  

All pupils in years 7-13 are entitled:  

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;  

  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;  

  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.  

The school offers a comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme and an overview of this programme can be seen in the School’s Careers Policy which can be seen on the school website.  Education and Training providers are able to request access to students for the purpose of giving the students 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.   

Please speak to our Careers Lead to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. A provider wishing to request access should contact Ms Lucy Haras-Gummer 

Telephone: 0203 141 8760 

Email: Enquiries.NSWL@nishkamschools.org