Careers Lead

Jane Daly

Qualified Teacher of the Deaf

Certificate of Careers Education and Guidance (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Blanche Nevile School is committed to providing a planned Careers Education and Guidance programme for all pupils in Years 7-11. This programme is central to our overall aim of raising achievement for all pupils. A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people, regardless of their race, gender or academic abilities need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave.

Our careers provision for Years 7 -11;

▪ is impartial

▪ includes information on a range of pathways, including FE options or apprenticeships

▪ is adapted to the needs to the student

We aim to help pupils develop a positive self-image, increase self-confidence and raise personal aspirations.

We strive to provide appropriate guidance, up to date information and a range of opportunities to support pupils’ development at key points throughout their education.

We prepare pupils for the ever changing opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life and equip them with the skills to manage the choices, changes and transitions ahead of them.

We map all provision and guidance against the Good Career Guidance using the Gatsby Benchmarks which identify eight benchmarks that are the core dimensions of good careers and enterprise provision in schools:

  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

Careers Education and Guidance in our curriculum

Opportunities for Careers Education and Guidance are in our PSHE programme and specific careers lessons.

There are clear opportunities for careers days – these include mock interviews, enterprise and work days and visits to local businesses.

Resources are adapted to meet the needs of pupils with complex special needs and appropriate materials and resources are prepared.

Options available at each transition phase are clearly explained in a young person’s preferred language.

Options evenings take place for year 9 pupils in school and a range of training providers attend.

Deaf role models and inspiring individuals visit the school from the careers to which aspire to. These often include past students.

A core principle of study programmes is that they support and encourage progression to the next level of education or employment.

All students leave us with a progress file.

Elements of the careers programme are used to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Progression routes are clear.

Supported visits to colleges and workplaces help our young people to make informed decisions, helping them to progress successfully at key transition points.

Supported access to course information, open days and careers fairs informs the decision-making process.

Support is given to complete application forms including employment and college / apprenticeships.

2022-23 Careers Activities

Autumn Term

13th October visit from CONEL team to meet all students
25th November Skills London visit all year 10 and 11
5th Dec Royal Association for Deaf People careers talk years 9 and 11

Spring Term

11th January DWP Careers visit

16th January visit to Hamilton Lodge College for Years 10 and 11

24th January Money Mechanics Royal Association for Deaf People for Years 10 and 11

25th January NDCS workshop for all Years 10 and 11

London Ambulance Service visit

British First Aid courses 22, 23, 29th March

St John Ambulance NHS Cadets focus group

Careers Policy

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