St Mary’s Catholic College measures and assesses its careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks. The impact is evaluated and documented through the Unifrog Careers Programme and assessed via The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Compass+ Report each term. We also gain student and parent feedback in our annual surveys.
The programme is conducted in relation to the school’s equal opportunities policy, work experience policy, external visits policy and other relevant policies.
Our strategic career objectives outline our intentions:
Objective 1: Prepare our students to be able to ‘thrive’ in an ever changing world, by providing them not only with the qualifications, but also the knowledge, skills, experience and dispositions they need to flourish in the future
Objective 2 : Through impartial and equitable delivery of a comprehensive careers programme, improve the social mobility of all students, especially those who lack social capital.
THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS
|A STABLE CAREERS PROGRAMME||An embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.|
|LEARNING FROM CAREER AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION||You (and your parents/carers) will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. You will have the support of an informed advisor to make the best use of the information.|
|ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF EACH STUDENT||Students will all have different career guidance needs at different stages of their life at SMCC. Opportunities for advice and support will be tailored to your needs, taking into consideration equality and diversity throughout. Our Personal Development curriculum is designed to help you to thrive.|
|LINKING CURRICULUM LEARNING TO CAREERS||Teachers will link curriculum learning to careers to bring their subjects ‘to life’ and to demonstrate to you how their subjects are relevant within the world of work.|
|ENCOUNTERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES||You will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. Enrichment activities will include visiting speakers and school trips to places of work.|
|EXPERIENCES OF WORKPLACES||You will gain experiences of the workplace through work visits and/or work experience in order to help your exploration of career opportunities and to help you to expand your networks.|
|ENCOUNTERS WITH FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION||You will be informed of and supported in understanding the full range of learning opportunities available to you at each of your key transition stages; this will include academic and vocational routes in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace.|
|PERSONAL GUIDANCE||You will have the opportunity to meet a careers advisor who will conduct a career guidance interview with you (one by the end of Year 11 and a second by the end of Year 13, if applicable). These interviews will be timed to meet your individual needs. Your Form Tutor and P&A Coach are also available to guide you.|
CAREER DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (CDI)
Our careers programme is set up to prepare our students for the rest of their lives. Our aim is to ensure that they have acquired the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to get ‘out there’ and love life.