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Gunnersbury Catholic School

Careers

"Gunnersbury Catholic School is a thriving, vibrant and caring learning community within which pupils are stretched intellectually and foster a love of learning, whilst feeling valued, happy and safe" (OFSTED)

Careers Education at Gunnersbury Catholic School is delivered though Living Faith, tutorial time, assemblies and a range of careers and work related activities and events for our students in years 7-13.

We are committed to providing access to impartial and independent careers advice and employ a Careers Adviser, through Education Development Trust, who supports our students to make informed educational and career choices.

Our Careers Adviser is available Wednesday-Friday. Students can access support on areas such as courses and qualifications, careers, higher education and apprenticeships.

If you would like your son or daughter to have a one-to-one careers appointment or have any questions in regards to the careers service at Gunnersbury Catholic School then please feel free to contact us on careers@gunnersbury.hounslow.sch.uk or 020 8847 5590. 

1. A stable Careers Programme

  • The school’s CEIAG activities are being reorganised around the below activities, which will result in a stable Careers Programme.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)

  • The school uses a Careers-Information resource called Kudos, written by Cascaid; our Careers Leader will provide access to it, for all students and staff.
  • The school has an annual Careers Fair, with stalls for providers of Education, Employment, Training, Enterprise & Experience (EETEE), which is attended by all students in all year-groups; it brings in Visitors - Apprenticeship-Providers, Employers, FE Colleges, HE Universities - whom deliver up-to-date Careers-Information and LMI to the whole school.
  • The school has a Year 12 Progression Week, with presentations by providers of EETEE, which delivers up-to-date Careers-Information and LMI about pathways after Year 13.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.

  • The school uses a Careers-Education resource called STEPs Workbooks for Years 7-12, written by Prospects Education Ltd, and each has about 15 sessions; our Careers Leader is writing customised schemes-of-work for them (Years 7-8-9 have been done, Years 10-11-12 will soon be done), condensing the 15 sessions into six 50-minute lessons; these lessons are being delivered by the Form-Tutors, as part of the PSHE curriculum in ‘Living Faith’ lessons, over a half-term; for many of the STEPS exercises, there are ‘no right answers’, because each student is directed to focus on their individual strengths and interests, which ‘personalisation’ addresses the needs of each student, in each year group. 
  • The school’s Careers-Information resource, Kudos, provides personalised logins, which addresses the needs of each student, in each year group.
  • Careers-Advice in small groups, and individual Careers-Guidance sessions, address the needs of each student, in each year group.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • The school’s Careers-Information resource, Kudos, will be provided to all staff - as well as all students - to enable them to link curriculum-learning to Careers.
  • The school has plans for a Virtual learning Environment [VLE] in Google-Classroom and, when the Careers Leader has set it up, it too will also provide resources for linking curriculum-learning to Careers.

5. Encounters with employers and employees

  • The school’s Careers Fair provides encounters with employers and employees, working for the Visitors providing EETEE.
  • The school’s Year 12 Progression Week does likewise.
  • When the school’s VLE has been setup, external events offering encounters for a variety of pathways (including Degree-Apprenticeships, Higher-Apprenticeships, Advanced-Apprenticeships) will be publicised to all students.
  • In due course, a programme of Speaker assemblies with employers-educators-entrepreneurs will be organised.

6. Experience of workplaces

  • In due course, a programme of videos showing different workplaces will be set up.
  • Students are encouraged to do Work-Experience in the school holidays.

7. Encounters with FE and HE

  • The school’s Careers Fair provides encounters with providers of EETEE, including FE and HE.
  • The school’s Year 12 Progression Week does likewise.
  • When the school’s VLE has been setup, external events offering encounters for a variety of pathways (including FE and HE) will be publicised to all students.
  • In due course, a programme of Speaker assemblies with employers-educators-entrepreneurs will be organised.

8. Personal guidance:

Careers-Advice in small groups, and individual Careers-Guidance sessions, are delivered by our Careers Leader, who is Level 6 qualified.

 

Measuring the Careers-Programme’s impact

Careers-Education: The school will obtain feedback on the STEPS Workbooks as part of the students’ evaluation of all their ‘Living Faith’ lessons.

Careers-Information: It will obtain feedback on Kudos, possibly via SurveyMonkey.

Careers-Advice: It obtains feedback on all individual Careers-Guidance sessions.

 

Entitlement & Access

All students in Years 8-13 are entitled:

·         To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, at various activities organised by the school’s Careers Leader.

·         To find out about opportunities for a variety of qualifications (academic, educational, technical, vocational, professional), and a variety of apprenticeships (Degree-Apprenticeships, Higher-Apprenticeships, Advanced-Apprenticeships), as part of the school’s Careers Programme.

·         To understand how to make informed-choices that are in their best-interests, and how to make applications for their choices.

 

Premises & Facilities

·         The school’s Careers Leader makes the arrangements for hosting activities in its main hall and classrooms, in order that Visitors may meet the students, and inform them about a variety of career-pathways (Advanced-Apprenticeships, Higher-Apprenticeships, Degree-Apprenticeships, vocational qualifications, professional qualifications, Further Education, Higher Education, employment, enterprise, and experiences such as volunteering and citizenship).

·         The school has PCs and AV overhead projectors to enable visitors’ presentations to be delivered, and these arrangements are discussed and agreed with the Careers Leader, in advance.

·         Visitors may provide written information (course literature, company literature, prospectuses) for the Careers Library, which is available to all students.

 

June 2018

To be reviewed by the Careers Leader in December 2018