Careers

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Welcome to the Careers Section

We aim to give all our students the highest standard of careers provision available.
Students will have access to employers at every key stage as well as opportunities to learn about future possibilities both post 16 and 18.
Work experience, we believe, is crucial to our students learning and as such we have committed to students undertaking a one week placement in both year 10 and year 12, enabling them to gain first-hand experience of the world of work.
Our provision allows BCA students to enter the world beyond school with an informed and balanced knowledge of the working world.

Education Overview

Year 7
  • Employer assembly
  • BCA Snack Bar Challenge:

Aims:
To learn and develop the employability skills listed below:

Team working, Independent working, Research, Planning, Communication, Leadership
Student evaluation completed and assessed.

Year 8
  • Employer assembly
  • Active Tutorial Work - Research topic:

Aims: To learn and develop the employability skills listed below:

Team working, Independent working, Research, Planning, Communication, Leadership

  • The Real Game

Aims:

  • For students to make the links between working hard in school/gaining qualifications/ having choices in the future
  • To look at different career areas, shift patterns and working environments
  • Gain an insight into budgeting
  • Think about their own skills, interests and career ideas

Student evaluation completed and assessed.

Year 9

Active Tutorial Work - Careers Package

Aims:

  • For students to think about KS4 option choices
  • For students to recognise their qualities/skills

Options evening

Aims:

  • the opportunity for parents/students to discuss KS4 courses and where they could lead, with subject teachers
  • University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste invited to attend

Visit to Bishop Grosseteste - First Steps 2 study

Aims

  • An introduction to Higher Education
  • Motivation for KS4/5
  • 50 (max) students. Open to all Y9 – Priority given to Pupil Premium students and those whose parents did not attend university. Thereafter first come basis.

Student evaluation completed and assessed by Bishop Grosseteste University.

Enterprise Day (Run by Business Dept)

Aims

  • To build on some of the previously learned skills/information gained from Y8 Real Game Day
  • Motivation for KS4

Student evaluation completed and assessed

Notice board in year rooms - to display relevant materials

Year 10

Work Experience – 1 week

Aims:

  • An introduction to the World of Work
  • Students are encouraged to research and apply for their own placement in their particular area of interest, meeting set deadlines. Help is available if needed
  • Students will further build on some of the employability skills learned during previous activities in addition to the skills developed in their individual workplace.

Student evaluation completed and assessed

 

Careers Preparation Day

Aims:

  • To prepare for the world of work and work experience
  • To continue to develop team building, employability skills
  • To gain interview tips, career information from guest employers (students choose 2 employers from those attending)
  • To gain information about Health & Safety in the workplace.

Student evaluation completed and assessed

 

Career Related Trips/Events

  • Various opportunities throughout the year as they become available offered to enhance learning

 

Active Tutorial Work

  • Careers work – Various modules to coincide with above planned activities/life skills

Notice board in year rooms - to display relevant materials

Year 11

Post 16 Education Information

  • Tutors deliver a PowerPoint presentation, followed by discussion re Post 16 Options thus enabling our students to make informed decisions.
  • All students issued with a Guide for Writing a Cover Letter and a Guide for CV Writing.
  • All students issued with a questionnaire to provide information about their Post 16 Education ideas and a Timeline for guidance. Completed questionnaires reviewed and information collated, monitored and updated regularly
  • 1:1 Careers guidance interviews offered (Provided by Complete Careers) to those students we feel would most benefit, priority given to Pupil Premium, Additional Needs and those students who have identified as needing help with their ideas/plans. Students and tutors advised of date/time of Careers Guidance Interviews by email (school and/or personal) giving notice of 1 week.
  • Students that are confident with their post 16 education ideas/plans may have a Careers guidance meeting with a staff member to ensure that they are putting plans in place.
  • A referral system is also in place for 1:1 interview: Tutors - Head of School – Julie Thompson

Student evaluation completed and assessed

 

External Education Providers

  • Are given access to students via assemblies/small group meetings

 

6th Form Options Evening:

  • The opportunity for parents/students to discuss courses/options with subject teachers

 

Follow-up Careers Questionnaires

  • Issued to all students asking for details of Education Provider and Courses applied for, interview dates and any offers received. Information reviewed, thus allowing identification of any further intervention required. Appropriate action taken where necessary.
  • Intended destination data completed from information received in this document.

 

 Career Related Trips/Events

  •  Various opportunities throughout the year as they become available

 

 Active Tutorial Work

  • Various modules to coincide with above planned activities/life skills

Notice board in year room -to display relevant materials

Year 12/13

Careers Guidance Interviews

  • All students issued with a questionnaire to provide information about their Post 18 plans. Completed questionnaires reviewed and information collated, monitored and updated regularly
  • 1:1 Careers guidance interviews offered (Provided by Complete Careers) to those students we feel would most benefit, priority given to Additional Needs and those students who have identified as needing help with their ideas/plans. Students and tutors advised of date/time of Careers Guidance Interviews by email (school and/or personal) giving notice of 1 week.
  • Students that are confident with their post 16 education ideas/plans may have a Careers guidance meeting with a staff member to ensure that they are putting plans in place.
  • A referral system is also in place for 1:1 interview: Tutors - Head of School – Julie Thompson

Student evaluation completed and assessed

 

Work Experience 1 week

  • Students are encouraged to research and apply for their own placement which should be linked to their individual career ideas/plans, meeting set deadlines. Help is available if needed
  • Students will further build on some of the employability skills learned during previous activities in addition to the skills developed in their individual workplace. Student experiences will help form the basis of their personal statement for applications to university, apprenticeships or employment

Student evaluation completed and assessed

 

Career Related Trips/Events

  •  Various opportunities throughout the year as they become available
  • University Taster/Open Days

 

Apprenticeship Fair

  • Open to all Year 12 students and Year 13 students hoping to gain an apprenticeship

 

Active Tutorial Work

  • CV Writing and Applications
  • Personal Finance
  • Researching/Applying for Post Y13 options University/Apprenticeships/Employment
  • Charity/ Voluntary work

 

Extended work experience

  • Potential for extended work experience placements

6th Form Block Display & Notice boards - to display relevant materials

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Contact Details

Mrs J Thompson (Careers Coordinator)
thompjul@branstonca.lincs.sch.uk
01522 880400

Mr D Inman (SLT Careers)
inmandav@branstonca.lincs.sch.uk
01522 880400

Learning Web
Here is a Student link to the Careers section of the Learning Web.

Feedback
If you would like to provide us with some feedback then please email Mrs J Thompson at: thompjul@branstonca.lincs.sch.uk. Please include your name, childs name if applicable, which event it is regarding, and in what capacity you are from.

 

Academy Review Proposed review dates
September 2020
December 2020
July 2021

All inline with Gatsby Benchmarks

NB; All information gathered from students and providers is internally assessed and any changes to provision is discussed and implemented if deemed necessary.

Access

All information regarding provider access is outlined in our provider access policy and safeguarding policy.

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