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Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance at Bay House School

Here at Bay House School we value the importance of providing timely and appropriate Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) to all pupils.

The aim of our careers and aspirations education is to support our pupils in developing a sound understanding of the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training and employment.

We work towards the national framework and guidance and we will be compliant with meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020.

As a school, we see this work as a personal journey for each learner starting in year 7 through to the securing of their first post 16 destination.

During this journey pupils will experience a range of planned experiences including;

  • 1 week Work Experience offer for all Year 10 pupils
  • At least 1 Careers Interview with a qualified Careers Advisor during their time at school
  • A range of encounters with local employers, including talks and visits
  • Opportunities to visit and meet with Post 16 Providers
  • Support with Post 16 Pathway Information
  • Personal Development Programme including CV Writing, College Applications an Interview Techniques
  • Class and subject led learning linked to careers
  • Encounters with further and higher education providers, including visits to local universities
  • Additional focussed support for our SEND and Pupil Premium pupils

We will measure the effectiveness and success of the opportunities on offer through a number of key indicators,

  • Ensuring all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are met
  • Parental & Student Voice
  • Pupils who feel empowered to make informed choices and can articulate their future aspirations
  • All Yr 11 pupils securing post 16 provision places and therefore as a school there will be no NEET’s (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  • Secure Ofsted judgement of careers provision on offer

In addition to the above we work closely with local employers, the Solent LEP and EBP South to ensure the quality of our provision and offer a wide range of opportunities.

Our key staff members leading on Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance at school are;

Mrs Halls - Careers Lead

Mrs Cotterill - Project Coordinator for Careers

Our careers strategy is underpinned by our notion of informed choice which allows students to take ownership of their decisions and develop the skills needed to make choices for post 16 and future lifelong career choices.

We are committed to continuing to develop this area of work further and encourage contact with both parents and local employers with regards to our careers provision. Therefore, should you wish to find out more about what we offer to our pupils or feel you can contribute to the programme in any way then please do get in touch with either Mrs Halls or Mrs Cotterill via the following email address; enquiries@bayhouse.gfmat.org

Useful career related websites 

https://successatschool.org/ - a national careers website to help young people aged 13-19 make informed decisions about their future. Information on Employability Skills and Vocational Qualifications.

www.direct.gov.uk/nationalcareersservice – Over 750 job profiles telling you what a job involves and how to get into it. Help with CV’s and interview advice. 

www.jobzoo.co.uk – Detailed job descriptions, with average salaries, entry requirements, fun and useful facts and articles and videos. 

www.icould.com – icould gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. There are over a thousand easy to search, varied and unique career videos as well as hundreds of written articles. From telecoms engineers to police officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where are and their hopes for the future. 

www.careersbox.co.uk – Videos of people talking about a wide variety of job roles. 

www.realcoolfutures.com Information on careers from food to fashion that have a positive impact on the future of our planet. 

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk and www.nhscareers.nhs.uk – Careers within the NHS. Much more than just doctors and nurses. 

www.careersworld.co.uk – Click your home region to find out about apprenticeships, careers, job, training, A-Levels, college and University opportunities. 

www.mycareerspringboard.org – My Career Springboard is a FREE careers guidance tool for school & college students. 

www.armyjobs.mod.uk/join, www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers and www.raf.mod.uk/careers – Careers in the armed forces. 

www.college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers – Future Lawyers Network is a unique resource to help current and prospective law students become successful modern lawyers. With expert advice and insight, they aim to help you understand the legal market, prepare you for interviews and manage the early stages of your career. 

www.tastesuccess.co.uk – Discover careers in food and drink industry. 

www.creativeskillset.org – Resources and careers information on working in the Creative Industries' Sector which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles.

Apprenticeship related websites

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – Information on apprenticeships, a vacancy database and the option to apply online. 

Volunteering websites

www.do-it.org.uk and www.vinspired.com – Information on finding a voluntary work placement. 

www.princes-trust.org.uk – Information and help for anyone thinking of becoming self-employed. 

www.disabilityrightsuk.org – Advice around Disability Rights. 

University related websites 

www.ucas.com and www.ukcoursefinder.com – Information on University courses including a nationwide course search. 

www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance – Information on student finance, fees & help available. 

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices – Aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent options. Useful to check subjects against occupational areas of work. 

unistats.direct.gov.uk – The official website for comparing UK higher education course data. Includes official data on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students. 

university.which.co.uk – The free & independent way to search & compare UK degree courses & universities from Which? – find the best one for you, with insider tips. 

Websites advertising job and apprenticeship vacancies

www.jobcafe.co.uk and www.youngsouthampton.org – Weekly job, training and opportunity bulletin issued weekly for Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville, Southampton, New Forest and Hampshire areas. 

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Information on all the alternatives to university. Includes distance learning, apprenticeships, foundation degrees, getting a job, gap years and vocational training.

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