The Careers Programme at Bullers Wood School
We endeavour to combine our students’ formal education with a personalised, independent and informed career guidance, which will enable them to embark on their future with the skills to build upon their career pathways.
The activities will support all students to:
- Understand more about themselves (through careers, employability and enterprise education).
- Know where to look for useful information (about careers and the world of work).
- Plan for the future (through developing career management, employability and enterprise skills).
- Be ready for life after Bullers Wood.
16 to 18
Young people are required to stay in education until 18.They are not required to stay in school but can choose how to participate which might be through:
- full time study in a school, college or training provider;
- an apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship;
- full time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part time accredited study.
Students will have the opportunity for 1:1 careers interviews with Kirsty Taylor, our Independent Careers Guidance Advisor. They will have the chance to explore the options of all Post 16 options and have employer engagements during assemblies and Careers Week.
Work Related Learning
The school aims to offer all students the opportunity to experience work related learning from Year 7 – 13 through a wide range of subjects, specific work experience and employer contact.
All teachers link curriculum learning with careers.
- Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
- By the age of 14, every student has had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to a wide range of careers.
- All subject teachers emphasise the importance of succeeding in English and maths.
The three main ways we deliver careers in the curriculum are:
- Providing career learning as a subject in its own right: careers education as part of the Character Development programme.
- Incorporating career learning within other subjects: In this approach careers content is delivered through subjects, e.g. personal financial planning skills taught in maths, self-presentation skills taught in English. This approach both provides career learning and enhances the subject learning e.g. by showing how a mathematical technique is used in the real world.
- Organised career learning through co-curriculum activities (e.g. enrichment activities) strongly connected to the formal curriculum: In this approach careers content is delivered through informal and voluntary learning activities which have a strong connection to the curriculum e.g. STEM clubs to build on student’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – have received the most support in this area. We can learn a lot from the initiatives to promote careers in STEM through career-relevant subject teaching. The health of our economy depends on the skills and experience and knowledge that our young people develop whilst in education to ensure they can meet the minimum expectations of employers and successfully transition into work.
All subject teachers emphasise the importance of succeeding in English and maths. Science subject teachers highlight the relevance of science for a wide range of future career paths.
Throughout the year various industry experts will be invited in to give career insights, this will include areas such as engineering, medical, veterinarian and health and beauty. Trips to various industries will be organised and supported by local large companies i.e. Direct Line Group, Bank of America and Coca-Cola.
Dates for the Diary
Careers Fair for Y10-13 – These take place every two years. The next is likely to be in Spring/Summer 2024
Y12 Higher Education Evening – tbc – May 2023
Y12 Personal Statement/Apprenticeship Workshop – 6th June 2023
Y10 Work Experience – Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July 2023 (tbc)
Evaluation and Measures
The school records destination information for Year 11 and Year 13 and adapts the career programme to reflect the changing trends.
We complete the Compass evaluation and are using this to drive improvement. We update our careers programmes to reflect current labour market information and renew the programmes yearly to remain current.
Students and staff complete yearly evaluations of the careers programmes and this is used to adapt and maintain the programme.
The National Careers Service (NCS) https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home .aspx
Parental Guidance (for parents, everything that they need to know). http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/ This site is for parents (but there is also a lot of useful information for students).
AllAboutCareers http://www.allaboutcareers.com/ Does what it says on the logo.
Apprenticeships information can be found at https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/
Please contact the Careers and Work-Related Learning Co-ordinator for any careers-related queries at Careers@bwsgirls.org.
This information will be reviewed in October 2023