At Allenbourn, we are committed to equipping our pupils with the attitudes, values, skills and knowledge that they need in order to be successful in their futures. As part of this aim, we focus on raising aspirations and providing pupils with a stable and structured careers programme. By using the Gatsby benchmarks, we are committed to ensuring that our pupils have clear goals for their educational progress. We aim to ensure that pupils are well informed and equipped to make decisions regarding their future, by the time they leave for their high school education.
In Key Stage Two, pupils are challenged to think about the stereotypes that may impact upon their decisions when looking at future career paths, and to explore the huge range of career options that are available to them. In our Values Days, we focus on long and short term goals, and the skills and qualities needed to achieve these and be successful both in education and employment. This is inherently underpinned by our school vision and ethos of ‘Aspiration’.
Throughout Key Stage Three, pupils are also provided with clear information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions. Links to potential careers, to real life contexts and the links between subjects and careers are woven throughout the curriculum. In addition to this, pupils are provided with opportunities to learn how the different STEM subjects help people gain entry to and be successful in a wide range of careers. We aim to provide pupils with meaningful encounters with employers and higher education providers during their time at the school; enrichment activities include visiting speakers, an annual trip for Year 7 to a careers fair, visits and trips to places of work and universities, and mini-enterprise in Year 8. Pupils are given clear, independent guidance about different pathways, including college, employment and apprenticeships as part of their transition to high school.
Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. Pupils in Year 7 & 8 will have access to careers information and advice, preparing them for choosing their 'options' in Year 9. Some useful websites are listed below.
- I Could provides 1,000 different video clips of LMI and personal career stories to help students explore different career routes and pathways.
- This government tool allows you to use your postcode to search for courses and qualifications available in your local area.
- Get In Go Far is the government portal for information about apprenticeships, with a linked website to find live apprenticeship vacancies.
- Amazing Apprenticeships provides free talks and guidance to schools via the Apprenticeship Support Knowledge service (ASK).