As part of improving the quality and effectiveness of Barton Court's Careers Education and Guidance for our students, Ms Cullimore (Lead Teacher of RE and PSHEE) is working with governors, heads of year, teaching staff, students, parents, external agencies, further education institutions and businesses so that Barton Court continues to ensure that our students receive excellent Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). Barton Court is working to achieve the highest stage in the 'Investors in Careers' Award.
From Year 7 through to Year 13 students are encouraged to actively develop knowledge and skills that contribute to their preparations for the world of employment across a range of subjects, tutor time and dedicated focus days. Activities, including business and enterprise projects as well as workshops and specialist speakers, support our provision for our students.
All students from Year 7 to Year 13 are able to create their own personal account with the online Cascaid software packages that include Launchpad (suitable for KS3), Kudos and Careerscape (suitable for KS3, 4 and 5). Students can use this software to consider how their skills and interests relate to the world of careers opportunities available. In order to ensure all students have 24/7 access to resources that support CEIAG, there are dedicated areas in both the Student and Parent Portals for Careers as well as links to the online software package.
Barton Court has a dedicated CXK Personal Advisor that is available weekly for independent advice and consultations. We are committed to involving the whole school and wider community in preparing our young people to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.
CXK provides a free information, advice and guidance service to young people aged 13-19, and up to 25 for those with learning difficulties or disabilities.
The CXK service is available to young people through professionally qualified Personal Advisors. They are based in schools, colleges, and town centre access points, and offer confidential guidance and support to teenagers about careers, education, training and job options, as well as other issues such as health, money, relationships, and housing.
CXK Personal Advisors visit the school/college on a regular basis and work with staff to deliver information, advice and guidance to students on a one-to-one basis or in groups.
CXK Personal Advisors can work with you to help prepare your son or daughter for the future. There might be particular times when you need our help, for example when your son or daughter:
- is starting to think about their GCSE subject choices at Key Stage 3
- is considering their options after Year 11. Personal advisors can give them advice and guidance on staying on in full-time education, starting work, training, work-based learning or apprenticeships
- is thinking about future learning following their sixth-form studies
- may be experiencing difficulties and they need extra support to get back on track
- needs advice on the benefits available to them to support their progression through education and training
- has a learning difficulty or disability and needs help with their next steps
How to contact CXK
Through your son or daughter's school:
Go to a drop-in centre located across East Kent – locations listed here:
Call: 01233 224244 to speak to an advisor