Introduction to Careers
Gunnersbury Catholic School delivers its careers-programme through Living Faith (PSHE), tutorial time, subject lessons, assemblies, with a range of activities designed to support the personal development of all students in the school and sixth-form.
We are committed to providing access to impartial careers-guidance, and employ an independent Careers Adviser from Education Development Trust, who supports our students to make informed choices about courses and qualifications, further education and higher education, apprenticeships and employment, and careers-pathways and training.
If you would like your son or daughter to have a one-to-one careers appointment, or have any questions regarding Gunnersbury’s careers-programme, then please feel free to contact us.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Telephone: 020 8847 5590
GCS’s careers-programme is structured around the Gatsby Framework (8 Benchmarks for Careers-Provision in Schools), and the CDI Framework (17 Areas of Learning for Careers Employability & Enterprise Education). It is led by a Deputy Headteacher (Head of Curriculum & Head of Careers), managed by a qualified Careers Programme Manager (Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership), and all staff are involved in its delivery. All students are entitled to the careers-programme (Equality); students with additional-needs are entitled to additional-support (Diversity); and no students are excluded from the careers-programme (Inclusion).
The careers-programme includes a variety of CEIAG [Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance] activities:
· Careers Education (STEPS): enables students to gain awareness of their own personal-development and career-progression, which will lead them out from school into the world beyond.
· Careers Information (Library & Google-Classroom): enables students to gain awareness of different careers-pathways (study-options, work-options, job-roles, business-sectors, employment, volunteering, and labour-market trends).
· Careers Advice: enables students to gain awareness of Key Stage Options in a timely manner (Post-14 options in Year 9, Post-16 options in Year 11, Post-18 options in Year 13).
· Careers Software (Start Profile): enables students to gain awareness of careers-information relevant to their interests and skills, and careers-advice relevant to their Key Stage Options, on a web-platform, so it can be shown to parents/carers at home and discussed with them.
· Careers in the Curriculum (Posters in Classrooms): enables students to gain awareness of careers-pathways, by discussing links between subjects and careers with Teachers, in lesson-time.
· Careers Fair: enables students to gain awareness of careers-pathways, by discussing study-options and work-options with providers of EET (Education, Employment, Training), at an organised event.
· Careers Guidance: enables students to gain awareness of their own career-progression, by discussing their own personal-development with a qualified Careers Adviser, in a one-to-one session.
More information on Careers (uploaded PDFs)
· Details about GCS’s careers-programme, and the Gatsby Framework (8 Benchmarks for Careers-Provision in Schools): 1. GCS, Careers-Programme 2019-2020, Gatsby Framework, EW, 020919
· Details about the CDI Framework (17 Areas of Learning for Careers Employability & Enterprise Education): 2. GCS, Careers-Programme 2019-2020, CDI Framework, EW, 020919
· For pictures of GCS’s Careers Fair in 2019: 3. GCS, Careers-Fair, March 2019, EW, 210319
· For links to useful careers-websites: 4. GCS, Careers Information Resource List, EW, 151118
· GCS’s Careers & Employability Policy: 5. GCS, Careers & Employability Policy, SO, 030519, Draft
· GCS’s Provider Access Policy: 6. GCS, Provider Access Policy, EW, 270919, Draft