Brookfield Community School aims to help all students experience success through an educational environment, which responds to individual needs and stimulates and challenges every student. Careers education and the processes of information, advising and guiding students are given high priority within the school and help instil students with an understanding of how education is relevant and equips them with the behaviour and attitudes necessary for success in the next stage of their education, training or employment and for their adult life. Through high quality, impartial careers guidance, students are helped to make informed choices depending on their academic needs and aspirations.
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. As part of the DFE’s Careers Strategy schools should use the Benchmarks as a framework for improving their careers provision. Brookfield School continue to work closely alongside a network of Enterprise Advisors from the Solent Education Partnership and the Careers and Enterprise Company to embed the Gatsby Benchmarks into all Careers Provision.
Within PSHE and Personal Development careers education is a planned programme to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes related to choices and transitions to continuing education, training and employment. It offers a systematic and personalised approach to help students make choices through impartial, well informed advice.
Careers Education and guidance aims to prepare young people for adult and working life and contributes to the development of the whole person. Students should be able to develop knowledge of themselves and the opportunities open to them.
Skills - Decision-making and managing change
Attitudes - Self-reliance and self-motivation, including a positive attitude to life and towards others
These should be achieved through:
Within the wider curriculum careers education is delivered through contextualising subject learning within the real world and emphasising how this learning can contribute to future economic well-being.
Development of the skills, knowledge and attitudes mentioned above is also obtained through
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Guidance – guidance is provided by a number of key members of staff with whom each individual student has contact.
Careers Lead. The Careers Lead oversees the Schools Careers programme and provides support to the Vocational Coordinator. The Careers Lead and Vocational Coordinator completes a compass tool each term to ensure the school plans to address gaps in provision highlighted by the Gatsby Benchmarks.
The Tutor/Learning Mentor. The primary source of guidance for a student within school is the learning mentor, usually also the student’s tutor. Tutors meet tutor groups for twenty-five minutes four times per week. Within this period the tutor discusses academic progress and other achievements using the information described above, focusing on imminent events such as Options choices. Tutors meet with each student and her/his parents for an Academic Tutorial. This meeting takes place prior to key events for that aged student.
External mentoring is also carried out with some older students whom House Leaders consider will react more positively from being additionally mentored by someone from outside the school. These external mentors are coordinated by the Student Services Manager.
The House Leader. This member of staff has an overview of progress within a whole House (11 tutor groups). It is the responsibility of this person to monitor the progress of particular groups of students (SEN, Vulnerable group, etc) to ensure that good progress is being achieved and to intervene where it is not. This may result in the creation of a Raising Achievement Programme (RAP) for an individual or group of students. Where such a programme is organised, it will be with input from both student and parent/carer.
The Learning Leader. This member of staff has an over view of progress within a subject area. It is the responsibility of this person to monitor the progress of particular groups of students (SEN, Vulnerable groups, etc) to ensure that good progress is being achieved and to intervene where it is not. This may result in the creation of a Raising Achievement Programme (RAP) for an individual or group of students for that subject. Where such a programme is organised, it will be with input from both student and parent/carer.
The Subject Teacher. This member of staff has an over view of progress within a subject class. It is the responsibility of this person to monitor the progress of all individuals in that class and particularly students on the SEN register, and vulnerable groups to ensure that good progress is being achieved and to intervene where it is not. The subject teacher will usually be the first to contact a parent/carer to discuss progress issues. The subject teacher will also be expected to provide impartial advice on an individual’s suitability for different option paths within the subject. The subject teacher will provide reports to the parent/carer on the student’s progress and will be available to be booked for a face-to-face discussion at annual subject evenings.
The Vocational Coordinator. The Vocational Coordinator issues short termly reports to parents of students involved in college courses. The role is responsible for organising events throughout the year e.g. Careers Fair, Mock Interviews etc. Liaising with external providers for alternative provision. Manages the Careers Adviser’s appointments and ensuring parents/carers and students are equipped with up to date transition information during Year 11.
Additional guidance is also supplied where necessary to help students and parents make informed decisions. One example of this is the use of interviews with senior members of staff to allow students and parents/carers to discuss the suitability of vocational course and young apprenticeships.
All students are individual and unique and various factors will be considered when planning the support offered to the students including (but not limited to) the following:
Additional support may include Mentoring or financial support.
Brookfield School is currently working towards meeting all the Gatsby Benchmarks and this will be evaluated to see the impact this has on the students and their parents/carers. On line questionnaires are completed at the end of each one-to-one Careers interview and at the end of the Academic Year this information will be used to gain an understanding on how the CIAG is impacting the students. Student’s intended destinations and actual destination data will be collected during the Spring term of Year 11 and the Autumn term of Year 12 and monitored and then used to inspire and motivate the current students.
Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees.
Benchmark 6 – Experiences of Workplaces