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A Stable Careers Programme

Every pupil, and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

This benchmark provides a foundation for the other seven benchmarks outlined on the website. The CHS programme to prepares young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and as part of the Catholic Ethos we consider this to be a core responsibility of the school. We aim to offer inspiring careers and enterprise activities in our careers programme to improve motivation, attendance and attainment. Our careers programme enables young people to make well-informed decisions about education, training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities. It also helps them cope with challenging labour market conditions. We know that young people are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and so we acknowledge our key role in preparing our students for further education, training and employment. We are dedicated to delivering social mobility and justice and opening doors for all young people. The government has endorsed the fact that “great careers guidance provides the first rung on the ladder of opportunity, helping everyone to achieve their full potential”. (DfE, 2017, p. 3)  and so our careers programme plays an active role in promoting social mobility for the benefit of young people, their families and wider society.

During tutor time each year group follows a tailored careers education programme. This includes information on different careers, information on how to seek careers, applications, interviews and the skills needed in the workplace. These sessions are designed to reflect the stage at which the students are at and are designed to enable them to reflect and to plan for the next step. In addition, we use www.startprofile.com which students and parents can access both in school and at home. This resources provides advice about careers, qualifications, training and also has information about live apprenticeships which students can apply for. Students also regularly receive information from the Careers Leader, via email, about available apprenticeships.  This is supplemented by vocations day. 

We have adopted the Gatsby Benchmarks on the design of this programme and the structure of the careers section of the website.

Gatsby Benchmarks

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