Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance
Mrs. J. Watson, Careers, Education Adviser - available in school Monday – Thursday, 8am – 2pm for individual appointments with students and parents.
Statutory guidance from the Government states that “Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. High quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions. Schools should help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.”
Blenheim holds the Investors in Careers award. This is a DfE recommended national quality standard of excellence in careers education, information, advice and guidance. The independent assessor reported that “students feel very well prepared for the world of work and/or further study through the range of support and activities offered at the school.”
The independent assessor reports that there is:
“a strong focus on supporting students as individuals and ensuring that they understand the links between work and achievement at school and career aspirations. They are well prepared for decision making at 14, 16 and beyond.”
Blenheim’s careers education and guidance programme aims to give students the knowledge, understanding and skills to plan and manage their progression through learning and into working life.
We will achieve this through;
- Helping students to understand themselves , recognise their potential and how they can shape their future
- Career Exploration (helping students to investigate opportunities in learning and work)
- Career Management (helping students to plan, make decisions and develop a range of skills enabling them to manage their own careers and prepare themselves for employment)
Careers education is delivered to all year groups as part of the PSHCE curriculum and the general focus is as follows:-
- Year 7 Thinking about myself and the future
- Year 8 Finding careers information
- Year 9 Choosing Key Stage 4 Options (link to Options booklet)
- Year 10 Employability
- Year 11 Post-16 options (link to 6th Form prospectus)
- Year 12 Work Experience, university application preparation and exploring post-18 options
- Year 13 Applying for university, apprenticeships and other work based training and employment
Up-to-date independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance is available from Mrs. Watson.
This includes links to a variety of internet based careers programmes, E-Magazines, details of apprenticeships and work-based training schemes, Further Education College and University open and taster days and much more. In addition, we have a separate Careers Library which contains a large range of reference books, university and college prospectuses and employment sector information.