Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. This means ensuring academic rigour supported by excellent teaching, and developing in every young person the values, skills and behaviours they need to get on in life. All children should receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes, such as resilience and grit, which underpin success in education and employment. High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.
What we do in Careers Guidance –
National Careers Week
National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.
Careers Week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. During National Careers Week it is up to every school, academy and college to offer careers advice and guidance to their students. We are here to help and can provide free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities and exercises to run.
Last year services provided to students during National Careers Week included daily drop-in workshops; careers fairs; employer visits; focus on subject relevant careers in lessons and showing careers films.
At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.
What does Costello do?
As a school we provide access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, careers fairs, motivational speakers, colleges and university visits, coaches and mentors. High quality mentoring can be an important part of delivering against the duty as it develops the character and confidence needed to build a successful career. We also aim to:
- Build strong links with employers who can help to boost young people’s attitudes and employability skills, inform pupils about the range of roles and opportunities available and help them understand how to make this a reality.
- Offer high quality work experience that properly reflects individuals’ studies and strengths, and supports the academic curriculum.
- Widen access to advice on options available post-16, for example, apprenticeships, entrepreneurialism or other vocational routes alongside the more traditional A levels and university route. This should also include giving post- 16 providers opportunities to engage with pupils on school premises.
- Provide face-to-face advice and guidance to build confidence and motivation. This should include consideration of the role that careers professionals can play in supporting pupils as one element of a varied careers programme.
- Work with local authorities to identify vulnerable young people, including those with special educational needs and those at risk of not participating post-16, and the services that are available to support them.
- Provide information to students about the financial support that may be available to help them stay in education post-16.
- Work with Jobcentre Plus to develop a smoother pathway between education and work.
- Consciously work to prevent all forms of stereotyping in the advice and guidance they provide, to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers, including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.
eCLIPS is an easy-to-use online careers resource that provides regularly updated information on over 1,000 jobs and careers. The site also offers advice on topics relating to options at key stages, education and training, employability skills, job seeking and lifestyle choices.
Click on the image on the left to access and use the following password Rg21 3Dg
Choosing your A-level (or equivalent) subjects carefully is really important – especially if you have aspirations to study at a leading university. This guide helps you know which specific A levels you might need.
BTECs also give rise to degree options – you can see this on the UCAS website. Choose a subject, pick a course under the ‘entry requirements’ tab, then select ‘BTEC’ and it will say which BTEC and which grades needed.