At Beaconsfield High School we aim to prepare our students to go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or to skilled employment and to enable them to make a significant contribution to society. While qualifications continue to be very important we recognise the significance of the soft employability skills. Please see our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy.
In January 2018 the Department of Education issued new Statutory Careers Guidance which outlined the eight Gatsby Benchmarks which schools should meet by 2020. The benchmarks are:
- A stable career programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of every student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of workplaces
- Encounters with Further and Higher Education
- Personal guidance
The school is currently working towards meeting these requirements.
Overview of Careers Programme
We have a comprehensive programme of careers education, advice and guidance which is threaded throughout the life of the school. This programme is delivered in a wide variety of ways: in assemblies, in subject specific lessons, PSHCE dropdown days, visitors to the school sharing their career experiences as part of their talk eg author visits and special events like the Speed Networking Event for year 11 students.. Staff receive training on Careers in the Curriculum and are encouraged to share their world of work experiences with the students. Please see the School Careers Plan. Alongside this, Our Getting Life Ready (GLR) strategy, recognises the importance of the key/soft skills for future advancement and employability. Please see the GLR and Careers document for further details. Our STEM activities/days take place throughout the year, challenging students to develop a set of key/soft skills, including collaboration and team building activities within the STEM context.
Students are regularly emailed with information on a range of careers, including factual information with weblinks, weekend and holiday courses and work experience opportunities. Each year there is a week of career assemblies to help students appreciate the wide range of job opportunities available to them. We also advertise local and national careers fairs. There are other opportunities available to students, for example Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Y10 & Y11 which is aimed at inspiring school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession.
Students in Year 12 and 13 are given extensive guidance about their possible next steps (including university applications and other post 18 options, such as apprenticeships and jobs), by our sixth form team. There is also a programme of career talks given by alumni, parents and other people involved in a variety of career paths. These are great opportunities for students to learn from professionals and ask questions in a wide range of fields and inspire them towards their future career goals. Each year a Futures Fair afternoon and evening is organised with university stalls, apprenticeship providers and helpful talks for both students and parents for Y11 students in the afternoon and Y12 students in the evening. Every week there is a sixth form bulletin which covers information on the variety of next steps possible and other opportunities available to that age group.
Our impartial ADVIZA (careers) adviser, regularly visits the school to conduct individual careers interviews with Y10-13 students and is available at the Y9 Parents Evening and the Y12 UCAS day. All Year 11 students have an individual interview with a member of the Leadership Team to discuss their post 16 choices. The school continues to measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on students through the Gatsby Benchmarks and Compass Tracker tool. It is also working towards developing a questionnaire/survey on student career experiences.
Our named Careers Leader is Emma Pritchard, she has strategic lead and is ably supported operationally by Susan Edwards. You can contact them via email email@example.com or via the main school switchboard 01494 673043
Hugh Chamberlain became our Enterprise Advisor in 2018 and his main role is to support the careers programme by helping to provide links to local businesses.
Beaconsfield High School is open for other providers to speak to students. Please see our Provider Access Statement for further details.
Online careers support
To support students along the way we subscribe to a useful website which students would find helpful to explore: www.eclips-online.co.uk (Password can be found on the careers section of the school vle).
There are many useful websites on careers, which allow access to search for opportunities, explore careers and apprenticeship opportunities and gain experience within local businesses. Some examples are given below:
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk (also provides online access to a careers advisor).
The school 'Careers Education, Information and Advice and Guidance' is due for review in March 2021.