As part of improving the quality and effectiveness of Barton Court's Careers Education and Guidance for our students, Mrs Smith (Assistant Head Teacher), Mr Wilcock (Head of Year 12 and Careers Coordinator) and Miss Sims (Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented students) 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).
Contact details for key staff:
Mr Wilcock, Head of Year 12 and Careers Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Wilcock can be contacted on 01227 464600
Miss Wild, Lead teacher for Gifted and Talented students – email@example.com
Mrs Smith, Assistant Head Teacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 we maintain all 8 Gatsby benchmarks throughout the academic year 2021-2022.
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 is a dedicated area in the Learning Gateway for Careers which enables both parents/carers and students to access information relating to employment, higher and further education, apprenticeships and training. The Careers section in Barton Court’s secure Learning Gateway includes Local Market Information (LMI), recent careers digital publications, links to useful online resources to support the creation of CVs, personal statements, as well as links to online software package and careers tools available.
The CXK service is available to young people through a professionally qualified Personal Advisor. CXK ensures that personal advisors are prepared for their role to maintain a high standard of guidance and have enhanced DBS checks along with up-to-date safeguarding training. Barton Court’s dedicated CXK adviser is Rachel Jury who provides independent and impartial advice and guidance within the school to students as they face decisions about their future. He is 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’s provision for careers education, advice and guidance (CEIAG) offers an integrated careers programme from Year 7’s PSHEE Enrichment Day in July, group sessions for year 8 students on choosing GCSE options, through to individual interviews with actions plans for year 11 and 6th form students. Rachel Jury will attend selected parents’ and options evenings and is available to provide advice for parents/carers as well as students.
CXK Personal Advisors can work with parents/carers to help prepare their son or daughter for the future. There might be particular times when it is useful to have independent professional help and guidance, for example when one’s 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 the school: email email@example.com
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: