Key Information & Policies
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Our Careers Leader at Prendergast Vale School is Mrs Enza Dello Buono, Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development.
If you have any questions about our Careers Programme, please contact Mrs Dello Buono directly:
020 8297 3540 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At Prendergast Vale we are committed to providing high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to all our students in years 7-11. We provide our students with the skills and knowledge they need to make ambitious choices for their future career pathways and move on to positive outcomes at the end of Year 11.
Good career guidance is the key to social mobility. It should be unbiased, challenge stereotypical thinking, raise student aspiration and avoid making assumptions about the limits on a young person’s options.
The Government’s 2017 careers strategy is part of the plan to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone. The ambitious, modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost national productivity and the earning power of people throughout the country. It is built around the Gatsby Benchmarks, which provide a framework for the careers provision offered at Prendergast Vale.
The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks:
- A stable careers programme.
- Learning from career and labour market information (LMI).
- Addressing the needs of each student.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers.
- Encounters with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces.
- Encounters with further and higher education.
- Personal guidance.
Introduction: Provider Access Policy
This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
All students in years 8-11 are entitled:
- to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
- to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
We track student participation in careers related extra-curricular activities, and survey students at the beginning and end of PHSCE days to evaluate the impact of the provision. We monitor the destinations of students post-16.
Statement on Provider Access
See the Statement on Provider Access in the Careers Statement below which sets out the school's arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school.
Useful documents and information:
Own Find Form:
Please click here to access the Year 10 work experience 'own find' form.
Year 11 Information, Advice and Guidance Interviews
Preparing for your IAG interview – please click here to view questions that will help you prepare for your career guidance interview.
Research and quizzes (KS3/KS4)
When approaching key decisions, such as GCSE options and post-16 pathways, it is important that you do your research as some careers will require you to gain specific qualifications. The following resources can be used to help you:
- Morrisby offers career guidance for 12-18 year olds. It also offers popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. https://newapp.morrisby.com/sign-up
- 'Which' University guide to understand how GCSE options relate to university courses and job aspirations: https://university.which.co.uk/advice/gcse-choices-university/how-important-are-gcse-choices-when-it-comes-to-university
- A-levels https://www.prendergast-school.com/196/sixth-form
- See what subject choices and jobs suit you at iCould: https://icould.com/stories/choosing-your-gcse-options/
- Explore over 800 careers profiles or speak to a careers adviser at the National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/contact-us/home
- Discover how subjects taken at sixth form or college can affect your options at university https://russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/
- Take the BUZZ quiz to discover your strengths and see what makes you tick https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/
- Explore what employability skills are and how you can develop them at school and at home through different games https://www.skillsexpress.net/SkillsInteractive
Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Supported Internships
Apprenticeships allow you to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You'll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.
Traineeships prepare young people for future careers by helping them become work-ready. They are for 16 — 23 year olds, and young people with learning difficulty assessments up to age 25. Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job or an apprenticeship, but lack the skills and experience employers are looking for.
Supported internships are for young people aged 16 — 24 with learning difficulties or learning disabilities, who want to get a job and need extra support to do this. To be eligible you need a Statement of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an Education Health and Care Plan.
For details about each or these alternative routes, visit https://www.ucas.com/further-education
- Search for apprenticeships: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
- Local apprenticeships in Lewisham: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/employment-support-and-careers-advice/apprentices
- Not going to uni: https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships-223
National Apprenticeships Week 2022 is on Monday 7 February - Sunday 13 February.
For more information, please visit the gov.uk website:
National Careers Week - Virtual Fair, Mon 6 - Sat 11 March 2023
National careers week dates 6-11March 2023 https://nationalcareersweek.com/
Interesting Guides and CEIAG websites
- The future of work guide https://nationalcareersweek.com/2022fow/
- Natwest group school leavers brochure https://nationalcareersweek.com/ncw-rbs-leaver-brochure-2021/
- The parents’ guide to careers https://nationalcareersweek.com/parentsguide/
- Useful CEIAG websites https://innervatecareers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Innervate-Careers-Useful-Websites-2020-1.pdf
Labour Market Information (LMI)
Labour Market Information (LMI)
The labour market refers to the supply of and demand for labour, in which employees provide the supply and employers provide the demand. Labour market information (LMI) may help students and their parents understand the job market and find out which careers, different qualifications can lead to.
You can explore Labour Market Information at:
- National Careers Service https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
- Payscale.com https://www.payscale.com/research/UK/Country=United_Kingdom/Salary
- UK Data Service https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) https://www.cipd.co.uk/#gref
- Government labour Market report March 2022 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-labour-market-march-2022
- LMI for All is an online data portal funded by the Department for Education. It brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers. https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/about-lmi-for-all/
- Careerometer is a tool that lets you compare the average wages and working hours of up to three jobs at the time in England. https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/careerometer
Year 9 Options
The information in this section aims to support Year 9 students to choose their GCSE options:
- View the Year 9 Options Masterclass presentation.
- Find out about GCSE options, apprenticeships, university, finding work and more.
- Take this careers quiz to find out more about your strengths and which career choices could suit you.
- Prepare for your 'Beyond 14' interview.
Careers Guidance and Provider Access Policy Statements 15th Mar 2022