Careers: A summary of 2018-19

St Thomas More Catholic School have put a lot in place this year to ensure our students receive a varied, useful, informative mix of careers advice and education. We recognise the need to support our students beyond their academic achievements. They need to be informed how to develop and showcase themselves, their skills and what they can offer to potential employers or further education establishments. Our aim is to raise aspirations and encourage every student to meet their full potential.

What the government say?

The Government’s careers strategy, published on 4 December 2017, sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people choose the career that is right for them. All young people in secondary school are entitled to a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.

Evidence states that pupils from working class backgrounds are in particular need of effective and impartial careers guidance, but are in fact the least likely to receive it. In addition to this it was cited that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career.

What does this mean for students?

At St Thomas More Catholic School we aim to ensure that all pupils are fully supported in moving towards the career path that is right for them.  Whether its college, 6th form, an apprenticeship or training provider, a rounded programme of Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) is a central part of our provision to all pupils. Below is a summary of what we have been and and will continue to offer our students.

  • All students will be given 2 opportunities to engage in work experience between Years 7 and 13.
  • All students will engage in one to one advice from a qualified, impartial external careers adviser by the time they leave school.
  • We will provide various workshops, guest speakers, and workplace visits to ensure students have the opportunity to engage in at least 2 encounters with an employer each year they are at school.
  • Students will be given greater breadth of information about post 16 routes available to them (e.g. Apprenticeships vs A levels or University).
  • We will continue to embed careers education into the school’s curriculum.
  • We will provide information about local and changing labour markets so students know the type of jobs available in the area and surroundings.
  • As a school we will continually develop, analyse and improve our careers provision.

What can you do as a parent?

Do you want to be able to support your child even more and communicate with them about their next steps with confidence? Confused by the post 16 pathways? Want to learn more about apprenticeships? In today’s information led world sometimes the sheer amount of information available about Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) can seem overwhelming. This can make it more difficult for parents and carers to provide their children the support and advice they need.

We have some useful tips on the careers information for parents section of the school website to support. I would also like to invite all parents and carers to complete a very short survey regarding Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) which will enable us to provide the best support for you.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly.