As part of improving the quality and effectiveness of Barton Court's Careers Education and Guidance for our students, Mr Lintott (Associate Assistant Head Teacher) and Ms Cullimore (Lead Teacher of RE and PSHEE) are 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 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, which reflect international best practice, to improve careers provision. As a school, we will be ensuring that all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are fully implemented by September 2020.
The school has used Compass, an online self-evaluation tool for schools to use to assess how careers support compares against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average. We have baselined ourselves using this tool to improve our careers programme based on these results, and track the school’s progress against the Benchmarks over time. A tracker planning tool will be used to help record activities clearly and easily, and will identify how the school is meeting the Benchmark scores.
Barton Court Grammar School is working with The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) which will provide external support to the school. In 2014, the Government established the CEC, to provide the strategic coordination for employers, schools, colleges, funders and careers programme providers to create high impact careers and enterprise support to young people (aged 12-18). The CEC’s initial focus has been on employer engagement, based on evidence about the importance of giving young people more opportunities to connect with employers of all sizes and from all sectors. The aim will be for every student from Year 7 -13 to have at least one meaningful encounter each year with employers and that these encounters will inspire pupils and allow them to learn about what work is like, or what it takes to be successful in the workforce. In addition to this, the schools aim is for all or the majority of pupils to have encounters with further or higher education establishment. Students will have encounters with these organisations whilst in school (in addition to the access we provide to apprenticeships and universities).
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.
The CXK service is also available to young people through professionally qualified Personal Advisors. They are available in schools 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. Barton Court has a dedicated CXK adviser who provides independent and impartial advice and guidance within the school to students as they face decisions. Barton Court offers a general programme of group sessions for year 8 students on choosing GCSE options, individual interviews with actions plans for year 11 and 6th form students, and attendance at parents’ evenings and options evenings to give advice for parents.
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
or through the school:
Moving forward September 2018 to end 2020
• Continue using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision now, and meet them by the end of 2020.
• For the employer encounters Benchmark to be met, and the school should begin to offer every young person seven encounters with employers – at least one each year from year 7 to year 13 – and meet this in full by the end of 2020. Some of these encounters will be with STEM employers.
Every pupil, and their parents/carers, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. The National Careers Service offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Pupils and their parents/carers can access support via a website, helpline and web chat. For more information see:
0800 100 900