Encouraging development & preparation for the future careers of our students
Mr Alastair Holbrook is the Careers Leader at St Augustine’s, responsible for ensuring the school uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to underpin all things careers and enterprise. You can contact Mr Holbrook by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 01225 350001.
Our address is:
St Augustine’s Catholic College (Academy)
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.
Access to Provider Statement (The Baker Clause)
St-Augustine’s welcomes all enquiries regarding future CEIAG. Provider Access Statement
Year 10 Work Experience Information
The date for our work experience week for Year 10 is 23-27th March, and it is approaching fast. All students are expected to find their own placements, with the support of their parents. Please find a guide and the all-important form for your inspection. Even if a placement is found, without the form (in school known as the ‘pink form’) being completed in full and returned to reception, will mean a student will be unable to go, and a rigorous programme of study will be organised within school instead. To allow time for the appropriate checks to be made on each of the 150 or so placements, please ensure a placement is found no later than 26th January. The information booklet and pink form are found here:
Careers Programme 2019-20
The scheduled events that make up the careers programme are below:
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 boice panel arranged by SLT for all years 7-13 with focus on Year 11 students.||25-May-20|
|Careers Day Analysis||Survey Monkey form to be written by AWH to find and establish overall effectiveness, and to seek ways of enhancing the day for future year groups.||16-Jul-20|
|Student Needs||End of year survey to understand how well we met out students needs, and to identify improvements.||26-Jul-20|
Local Enterprise Partnership Support
We are lucky to have the support from Steven Haines (C&EC Enterprise Co-ordinator) who co-ordinates the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership who in turn has linked us up with a local Enterprise Adviser. We are waiting to hear if we have be accepted to join the SWEAN Careers Hub.
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 in some way perhaps speak to the students, either a quick assembly or maybe as a small group, or indeed maybe have a one or two Year 12 student(s) complete a week of work experience in the summer term, parents can now register their contact details by downloading and completing the PiP form below and returning to reception. Or drop Mr Holbrook 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 2020.
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 you personality, skills and interests to a career!
Which Guide to University https://university.which.co.uk/
Higher Ideas – licensed website – see Mr Holbrook/Miss Portingale-Cowper or Mrs Crowther or a VI form tutor for access code!
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/
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.
- Personal guidance.
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. Alastair will be delivering the one lesson 3 times because he teaches 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 know and I will get them onto Sue Wills (our external careers adviser – see Benchmark 8). 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.
Links for practical help can be seen in the student section above
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
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 disability (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:
Mr Dominic Bailey (Assistant Head/ SLT link for Careers) or Mr Alastair Holbrook (Teacher and 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:
- Our Year 11 and 12 Careers Fair (Being held 11th November 2020) – 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, and/or setting up a stall in the careers fair – 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…Alastair Holbrook, Careers Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org) can talk through what your offer is, and work with you.