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There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today.  The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations.  While the economy is beginning to recover from the recent recession, levels of youth unemployment and under-employment are still high.  The raising of the age for participating in learning means that young people face a wider range of choices of courses and places to study.

Qualifications such as GCSE and A level are changing, and opportunities in higher education extend now beyond the UK to other parts of Europe and further afield.  Students need help to make choices and manage transitions: they need good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

The school careers plan sets out how the school intends to provide a fit for purpose careers programme with the available resources which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to take ownership of their own career action plans which will enable them to succeed in their chosen career paths.

The school Careers Plan is based on the DfE document “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools

Careers education does not just mean informing students about their options after school but also how their school career will affect their futures.  It is our statutory duty to ensure that all pupils receive independent, impartial advice and guidance regarding all options within school and how they will affect their options after school and which careers pathways will become available to them.  By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for life after school whichever path they choose

Student Entitlement Statements

Click on the heading below to read the Student Entitlement Statements by year group.

• Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.
• Students are introduced to careers resources and informed how to use them.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.
• By beginning careers education early students can make better informed decisions at transition stages and are more motivated in school in order to follow a particular pathway.
• Students will take part in a Guess my Job event.  This will give the students the chance to participate in an activity asking local people about the jobs they have and the pathway they took.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages.
• Students introduced to the world of work and how it is constantly changing.
• Students introduced to other careers software and websites available in school.
• Students encouraged to think about what they might like to achieve after school.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.  They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to hear an employer talk.  This will include looking at challenging stereotypes.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students encouraged to reassess personal strengths with a focus on transferable skills.
• What is important in a career? Students encouraged to investigate different jobs and careers and what they mean in terms of lifestyle, budgeting and a good work/life balance and develop economic awareness.
• Students encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.
• Students should begin to think about GCSE option in terms of career pathways and plan future within school.
• What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV), what is a cover letter and why do people applying for jobs need them?
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.  They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school looking at their post 16 options and speak to local employers.
• Students will have the opportunity to begin exploring their post 16 options.  Including talks from colleges, 6th forms and apprenticeships.
• Students will receive a talk from a local employer looking at resilience in the work place.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening and options evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students begin to explore 6th form options and interview techniques.
• Economic awareness developed further and students encouraged to think about employability, which careers appeal and to identify and set themselves realistic future goals.
• Students agree personal action plans with careers adviser for future and identify what specific action is required to achieve goals.
• Students begin writing Curriculum Vitae (CV’s) and cover letter writing.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to visit colleges and the skills show.
• Students in the ACE department will participate in work experience.
• Students will have be given the opportunity to attend the school careers fair.
• There will be a talk from a local employer regarding how to stand out and succeed in the work place.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students are helped with post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study in 6th form and apprenticeships.  Interview techniques further developed.
• Students should use careers interviews to help understand different career pathways and entry requirements and encouraged to make contingency plans should results be better/worse than expected and set personal targets for development.
• Students are encouraged to think about the kind of behaviour potential employers look for.
• Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, college open days and taster days with employers.
• Students are assisted further with Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing and encouraged to have a completed a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter
• Students are kept up to date with post 16 deadlines.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend lunch tie drop in sessions with all the local colleges and apprenticeship providers.
• Ace students will participate in work experience.
• Students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Citizenship Service ‘The Challenge’.
• Students will be provided with a beyond 16 booklet to inform themselves and parents of their post 16 options.
• There will be a talk from a local employer looking at owning your own business and being an entrepreneur.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities

• Students are given specific help with preparing UCAS/applying for apprenticeships.
• Sessions on understanding school leaver and graduate job markets and how to look and apply for jobs.
• Students should start to understand how world of work is changing and how it might affect individuals.
• Students learn how to manage a career in terms of progression, budgeting and planning for the future.
• Students are reminded of different options including higher education, jobs, gap years, apprenticeships etc.
• Students are encouraged to attend university open days, mock interviews, careers interviews and meet potential employers to discuss future options.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions.  They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students will participate in work experience.
• Students will participate in a mock interview event.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

• Students are given specific help with preparing UCAS/applying for apprenticeships.
• Sessions on understanding school leaver and graduate job markets and how to look and apply for jobs.
• Students should start to understand how world of work is changing and how it might affect individuals.
• Students learn how to manage a career in terms of progression, budgeting and planning for the future.
• Students are reminded of different options including higher education, jobs, gap years, apprenticeships etc.
• Students are encouraged to attend university open days, mock interviews, careers interviews and meet potential employers to discuss future options.
• Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
• Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to the school careers adviser at parents evening and the UCAS information evening.
• Students will have the opportunity to attend trips to local businesses, colleges and universities.

Useful Information

Please click on the headings below for more useful information for pupils, parents and teachers.  This section has details of lots of useful websites full of fantastic information to help your child make decisions about their future.

Useful websites for students

www.startprofile.com

Students can register and look at careers areas, take quizzes and log any skills and achievements.

www.careerspilot.org.uk

Students can look at job profiles, take quizzes and look at information on next steps at GSCE, A level and university.

Parent area gives information

www.prospects.ac.uk

Gives job profiles and quizzes

www.icould.com

Personality quiz linking to careers

www.futuremorph.org

For all year groups focusing on careers in maths and science

www.careers-in-sport.co.uk

Focusing on careers in sport

www.mathscareers.org.uk

Focusing on maths careers

www.mycareersspringboard.org

www.stepintothenhs.uk

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Useful Websites for Parents

The following link is for an online magazine which provides a useful guide for parents about careers. It includes sections focusing on specific career sectors, apprenticeships, traineeships and university: www.careermap.co.uk

Here are some other useful websites:

www.parentadviser.co.uk

www.careerspilot.org.uk

www.prospects.ac.uk

www.ucas.com

Local Labour Market

This is a link to a labour market information widget which allows students and parents to look at jobs:

www.lmiforall.org.uk

A wide range of training providers and organisers are encouraged to speak to students from Year 7
to Year 13.  Not only are they informed about academic options and careers but technical education
qualifications and apprenticeships are also highlighted for consideration. Students participate in a
wide range of workshops focussing on technical qualifications.
Please find below the lists of providers that we have closest links with:

Higher Education providers including:
University of Birmingham
Aston University
Birmingham City University
University College Birmingham
Newman University
Loughborough University
Exeter University
Cambridge University
Aberystwyth University
Leicester University

Further Education Providers including:
BMET College
Walsall College
Sandwell College
South & City College
University College Birmingham
Access to music

Training and Apprenticeship Providers including:
Nova Training
Gordon Franks Training
Rathbone Training
Crackerjack training
Reflections
Peter Pyne
LEMA

By the age of 16, every pupil should have had a ‘meaningful encounter’ with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including Sixth Forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and pupils.

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age.  Young people have the following choices at the end of Year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

As a school we aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage pupils to consider a wide range of careers. We encourage all students to take opportunities and to fulfil their potential.

Examples of where this year’s students have gone on to study include:
Aston Manor
Bishop Vesey
BMet
Bournville College
Broadway Academy
Great Barr Academy
Hamstead Hall
Handsworth Grammar
Handsworth Wood Girls
Harborne Academy
Harrogate Army College
Holyhead School
HS2 College
Joseph Chamberlain College
King Edwards Aston
King Edwards Stourbridge
Kingstanding Regeneration Trust
Military College Walsall
Milton Keynes College
Northampton College
Preston College
Queen Mary Grammar School
Rathbones
Rodbaston College
Rugby College
Sandwell College
Solihull College
South and City College
Tudor Grange Academy
UCB
Walsall College

In Years 12 and 13 we encourage our pupils to have ‘meaningful encounters’ of higher and further education, ensuring that students are made aware of the full range of learning opportunities including sixth forms, colleges, universities, apprenticeship and training providers.

Our students are given specific help with preparing UCAS, applying for apprenticeships, participate in sessions on understanding school leaver and graduate job markets and how to look and apply for jobs.

We encourage students to attend university open days, mock interviews, careers interviews and meet potential employers to discuss future options.

Our A level results have improved with the number of pupils with 3 AAB grades in facilitating subjects
being nearly double the target

Number of students getting into university has risen to 90% (62/69 students have successfully
secured a university place) with 18% going to study at Russell Group Universities as well as
academic courses with good career prospects demonstrating GBA’s ability to offer and support a
wide range of subjects leading to a variety of degrees.

Examples of subjects this year’s students have gone on to study include:
Mathematics at the University of Birmingham
Chemical Engineering at University of Manchester
Biochemistry at University of Birmingham
Nursing at University of Nottingham
Biotechnology at University of Nottingham,
Mental Health Nursing
University of Nottingham
Natural Sciences at Lancaster University
Engineering at Coventry University
Biomedical Science at Brunel University
International Business and Economics at Aston University
Chemistry with Biotechnology at Aston University
Law at University of Leicester
Paediatric Nursing at Keele University
Astrophysics and Cosmology at Portsmouth University
Psychology at Aberystwyth University
Policing Studies and Criminology at Liverpool John Moores
Speech and Language therapy at Birmingham City University
Media and Film at Nottingham Trent University
Youth Justice at Nottingham Trent
English and History at University of Leicester, Computer Science at University of Leicester
Sports and Exercise Science at Nottingham Trent

The schools careers plan sets out how the school intends to provide a fit for purpose careers
programme which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to make
informed choices, enabling them to succeed on their chosen career path. The school careers plan is
based on the Gatsby benchmarks which are integral to good careers education, information, advice
and guidance.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

The following website gives more information about the Gatsby benchmarks, what ‘good’ looks like and outlines a framework of eight benchmarks that schools can use to improve their career guidance system.

Click the link read more →Good Career Guidance

For teachers the section ‘Linking curriculum learning to careers’ has some top tips about linking curriculum learning with careers

Click the link read more →Linking Curriculum learning to careers

Could you help?

We welcome ex- students to get in touch to tell us what they are doing now and to come back into school to talk about their careers.  We would also like to encourage employers to volunteer their services to us,  for example offering mock interviews, talks to students or be involved in careers events.

If you think you could help please either complete the form opposite or contact Mrs L Hackett (Work Related Learning Coordinator) by email: l.hackett@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk or by telephone: 0121 366 7819

Our Policy Details

For full details of our our policy for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance please click on the link to download a copy.
Policy for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance   PDF_download

For further information, please contact:

Mrs M Hunt (Assistant Head in Charge of Careers) by email: m.hunt@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk

Mrs L Hackett (Work Related Learning Coordinator) by email: l.hackett@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk or by telephone: 0121 366 7819

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