Encouraging development & preparation for the future careers of our students
Mrs J Latham is the Careers Leader at St Augustine’s, responsible for ensuring the school uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to underpin all things careers and enterprise.
Please do get in touch if you would like more information about what we have planned for the students this year, or if you are an organisation wanting to become involved with St Augustine’s. You can email Mrs Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the College on 01225 350001
Year 10 Work Experience
Work Experience for Year 10 happened during the week of 20-24 March 2023. The majority of the year group were out on placement. Please see our Facebook page for some photos of our students on placement. Feedback from parents, employers and students would be welcomed.
Careers Programme 2022-23
The scheduled events that make up the careers programme are shown in the Documents section above.
Review and Monitoring
The school believes that it is important that robust measurement, monitoring and review procedures be put in place to provide a framework for on-going improvements. These will form the foundations for not only what we do, but how we do it and what we must endeavour to improve.
|Careers Program Review||Year end review of how well the school has delivered the careers programme, summarising the feedback from teachers that delivered, and through a student voice panel for all years 7-13 with focus on Year 11 students.||26 May 2023|
|Student Needs||Survey to be completed by students at the end of each organised trip or visit from an external speaker, to understand how well we meet our students' needs and to identify improvements.||On-going|
Local Enterprise Partnership Support
We are lucky to have the support of Jaime Williamson (C&EC Enterprise Coordinator) who co-ordinates the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership who in turn has linked us up with a Local Enterprise Adviser. Lisa Sampson is our local enterprise advisor who is based at the Nestle factory in Staverton.
Parents in Partnership (PiP!)
We are all too aware that our students benefit the most from hearing outside speakers from the real world talk about real jobs! If you are happy to speak to students, either in a short assembly or as part of a small group, or perhaps even offer a small number of Year 12 students a week of work experience in the summer term, parents can now register their contact details by downloading and completing the PiP form in the Documents section above and returning to reception. Or drop Mrs Latham an email (email@example.com) if you want to know a little more.
The careers programme will be reviewed annually. The next review date is scheduled for September 2023.
Useful Links & Information
General careers advice
Career Pilot www.careerpilot.org.uk
E-Clips https://www.eclips-online.co.uk/home ( login: soeffu28)
National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
Call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser
No career Ideas, No Clue – try these quizzes to match your personality, skills and interests to a career!
Higher and Degree level apprenticeship vacancies 2021/22
Which Guide to University https://university.which.co.uk/
Help with choosing a degree www.ukcoursefinder.com
If I were to do a degree in a certain subject, where could it lead?
Review and Compare universities https://discoveruni.gov.uk/
Job Hunting and Apprenticeships
What are apprenticeships?
Apprenticeship vacancies https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch?searchMode=Keyword
Part-time/Full-time/ Apprenticeship vacancies www.indeed.com
CV and Interview tips https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/applying-for-jobs
Where are the skills shortage areas, what are the sectors set to grow and who are my local employers? https://workwiltshire.co.uk/lmi/
Parents and Carers
Parents remain the dominant factor behind all future choices made by young people. They offer huge support at key moments. But with new growth areas being created at such a fast rate, having a look at some of the resources below might help you confirm what you already thought, or indeed help you support your daughter/son with more information to hand.
CareerPilot Parent Zone http://parentzone.careerpilot.org.uk/parent
University Options http://university.which.co.uk/teachers/introduce-higher-education-options/university-parent-guide
Financial information for higher education – http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/quickStartFinanceGuide/Parents-Of-Students.html
Life skills Parent Zone – https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/parents/
Advice for parents of children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
Wiltshire Local Offer http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/local-offer
For further information on careers and related learning activities at St Augustine’s, please contact:
Mrs Chloe Rowlatt-Weston (Head of Sixth Form/ SLT link for Careers) or Mrs Latham (Careers Lead)
Employers and Alumni and External Organisations
We are always looking to work with employers and ex-students to improve our career offer for our students between Year 7 to 13! Some events that we hold which may be of interest include:
Year 11 and 12 Careers Fair – We would be interested in working with current apprentices, employers of all sizes, and people within the business community. Of note this could be providing some time during the morning to do 4-5 mock interviews – Employers AND FE and HE Providers are most welcome!!
Work experience Programmes – we run a Work experience week for Y10 in March and Y12 in July. We are always in need of employers to help with this.
Extended Assemblies – Ex-student wanting to share their inspirational journey to career success? An apprentice who wants to spread the word about their benefits? A local company that wants to discuss the roles they offer and the pathways into them? Please let us know…Mrs Latham, Careers Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org) can talk through what your offer is, and work with you.
Teachers and Governors
Teachers interested in the statutory requirements framing our Career Programme should read this.
Of note, the guidance states:
“……The Government wants to go beyond the statutory duties and introduce a framework around which schools can develop and improve their entire careers programme. This will help to promote a shared understanding of what excellent careers provision looks like and a consistent approach to achieving it. The Government expects all schools to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve their careers provision…” (Page 13, Para 13).
The Gatsby Benchmarks are as follows:
A stable careers programme
Learning from career and labour market information
Addressing the needs of each pupil
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Experiences of workplaces
Encounters with further and higher education
More information on them can be found here.
How can I embed some career learning into my teaching?
Perhaps the most important role teachers can have is to embed careers education into the lessons they teach. Benchmark 4 above, Linking curriculum learning to careers, should be regarded as a whole school benchmark. The Gatsby Toolkit is an excellent read and sets out ‘what good looks like’, as well as what that means in practise. This can be found here
Is there anything I need to be aware of in St Augustine’s specifically?
Yes – all departments have been set the challenge of designing the minimum of at least 1 stand-alone lesson for Year 7s in the summer term. This should be delivered to all the teaching groups taught by the respective teacher! e.g. a teacher will be delivering the one lesson 3 times because they teach 3 year 7 groups.
What can I use to help a student with Year 9 and 11 and 13 future choices?
First to say is that if it’s a Year 10 or 11 or sixth former in a real muddle, let me Mrs Latham know. She can offer a full 60 minute interview if needed, and she works between 1-3 days a week up until the May half term, depending on need and her other roles.