Careers Guidance

Work Experience

The Government’s careers strategy aims to make sure that all young people in secondary education get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

At Grange Academy we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to measure the quality of our provision.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

1. A stable careers programme Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
2. Learning from career and labour market information Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. Addressing the needs of each student Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5. Encounters with employers and employees Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
6. Experiences of workplaces Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. Encounters with further and higher education All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
8. Personal guidance Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.

Careers Programme

At Grange Academy careers guidance is embedded into our curriculum from primary all the way through to secondary during our life skills sessions, in assemblies, during off timetable days, during subject teaching and during form time. In Key Stage 4 students who are able to, will participate in a work placement programme.

This may be as a class visit out in the community or specific work placements for specific period of time.

Students who are not on placement participate in a programme of study to develop skills that develop their confidence and prepare them for transition and the world of work.

This includes discussions about work experience, encounters with employers, higher education providers, interview techniques, CV writing, personal research in areas of interest and post 16 opportunities/pathways.

Recent research from SEMLEP has shown that if a student has 4 meaningful encounters with an employer then they are 86% less likely to become NEET. We will complete an annual development plan which shows in detail how this strategy is delivered to the students. We will gather and analyse feedback from questionnaires from students, parents and external agencies on the Careers provision. This will be carried out at least once every three years. In addition to this, pupil and parent views are gathered on a regular basis through EHCP meetings and 1:1 meetings with the HOD to discuss opportunities and courses available to pupils post 16. The success of our careers guidance program will be judged on how well our pupils can talk about their aspirations, different jobs and roles within career paths and also on how many pupils continue with their studies and are accepted on the courses that will help them to progress towards their chosen career path.

Employment Pathway

In form times we use specific careers programmes and government websites to gather up-to-date information and learn about and explore live job, college and apprenticeship opportunities.

We encourage all year 10 and 11 students to visit open days and also arrange bespoke Post 16 visits for parents and students so that they can get information about future study options.

Different Needs

Students have different amounts of career guidance at different stages of their time with us. 

Opportunities for advice and support are tailored to the needs of each student and our careers programme promotes and supports equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Aspirations are discussed with all pupils at the end of each term and pupil views are added to their termly reports. They are also discussed as part on the annual EHCP review process.

The Head of Secondary is responsible for mapping out an appropriate flight plan for all year 10 and 11 pupil so that future opportunities can be explored and appropriate information is shared with pupils and their families.

Linking Curriculum To Careers

All subject teachers are keen to highlight the relevance of their subjects for future career paths and suggested career pathways are discussed in lessons. Where possible, visits to local businesses linked to subject areas are made.

Employers and Employees

At Grange Academy we invite employers and employees into school to deliver workshops and talks to our students.

We also encourage parents to take their children to open days, careers events and host enterprise activities to inspire, motivate and teach our pupils core skills relating to the world of work.

We invite past students to talk to our current students about moving on, career choices and life experiences since leaving Grange Academy.

Experience of Workplaces

At Grange Academy we have a work experience programme that starts in Year 10 and continues into Year 11 . This builds in terms of time and variety of experiences over the two years.

Further and Higher Education

Our careers programme is designed to ensure that all students understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational/volunteer routes and learning in schools, colleges and in the workplace.

Personal Guidance

This is provided in school by the Job Centre Plus team, Bedford College, Youth Inspired and the National Citizen Service Team. More information can be found on the following websites: 

My World of Work
NCS
Career Opportunities
UCAS

Placements

Grange has worked in partnership with some of the following organisations to provide work experience for our students.

They have had a positive impact on developing our students’ aspirations, confidence, self-esteem and key skills required to successfully integrate into the world of work and we are very grateful to them for their support.

Gibbs and Dandy Builder Merchants

Galone’s Ice Cream Parlour

The Giddy Goat Nursery School

Bake 360 

Bedford Day Care Hospice

Rivermead Care Home

Brookside Care Home

Jacky Guy Hairdressers

Roll Back

Grange Academy School Kitchen

Co-Op

CATS Protection

Herring Farm

Millbrook Golf Course

Balliol Primary

Bedford Athletic Stadium

Wootton Library

Salvation Army Charity Shop

Can You Help?

If any parents, friends or employers are willing to give up 30 minutes of their time to talk to a group of students or deliver a workshop based on their career or profession we’d love to hear from you.

If you are able to offer a young person a work experience placement please contact Mrs Gallagher or Mrs Morris directly.

If you have any questions about our careers guidance programme please contact Careers Leader Ms Di Iorio via:

chantelle.iorio@biltt.org or 01234 407100

Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ (July 2017).
Telephone: 01234 407100 – Fax: 01234 407110 – Office Email: grange@biltt.org