Beverley St Nicholas Primary School recognises the important role that is played by primary schools in enabling children to have high aspirations about their future through independent and impartial careers advice. As a school we endeavour to provide children with a range of meaningful experiences, visits and visitors to that teach them about the world of work and provide information about future careers.
We achieved the Career Mark Award in July 2019 and this is in place for 2 years. We worked closely on a pilot programme with East Riding authority and Complete Careers (as the specialist development partner) and Career Mark Primary (for the implementation framework). In addition to Complete Careers, the East riding Education and Skills Partnership has been able to harness the support of the Humberside Local Enterprise Partnership, Careers Yorkshire and Humber and Primary Futures.
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is part of the support we offer to students at Beverley St Nicholas Primary school. Alongside our: personal, social, health education, growth mind set, learning powers, Achievement for all and Investors in Pupil initiatives.
Our effective careers support will help pupils:
· in the short term to become self-assured, confident and optimistic about their futures –becoming motivated and inspired to learn;
· develop the resilience to take calculated risks, dealing appropriately with disappointments, set-backs and challenges;
· to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life;
· to help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers.
Our aims are to:
· To aspire children to think of the future, increasing aspiration for all
· To develop and encourage a sense of ambition towards a future career
· To understand the basic skills and attitudes needed to be successful in the world of work and provide experiences of meaningful interaction with the world of work.
· To provide high quality information from a wide variety of sources –curriculum lessons, growth mind set/learning power sessions, Jigsaw PHSE lessons, specific career sessions and visitors from a variety of careers
· To challenge all forms of stereotype (by background, gender or diversity groups) and preconceptions.
· To develop self-evaluation skills and make plans for the future
· To increase knowledge of post 11 and post 16
· To understand employment-related vocabulary
At Beverley St Nicholas we follow the principles of the Gatsby Benchmarks. The
objectives for the careers programme are as follows:
· helping students to understand the changing world of work
· facilitating meaningful encounters with employers for all students
· supporting positive transitions
· enabling students to develop the research skills to find out about opportunities
· helping students to develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work and next stage of education
· encouraging participation in continued learning, including further and higher education and apprenticeships
· supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity
· contributing to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation.
Our Careers Leader in school is Victoria Hart and she plans and coordinates our school-based careers programme. She can be contacted via the school office or on the main office number 01482 862882 and she will be happy to explain any of the information explained in the policy further. Our link governor for careers is John Chadwick.
We teach to the objectives under the outcomes of:
1. Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education –
Self-awareness, Self-determination, Self-improvement as a learner
2. Learning about careers and the world of work – Exploring careers and career development, investigating work and working life, understanding business and industry, investigating jobs and labour market information, valuing equality, diversity and inclusion, learning about safe working practices and environments
3. Developing your career management and employability skills – Making the most of careers information, advice and guidance, preparing for employability, showing initiative and enterprise, developing personal financial capability, identifying choices and opportunities, planning and deciding, handling applications and interviews, managing changes and transitions.
During the spring term we annually hold a careers week where all year groups teach specific career lessons. Throughout the year visitors are invited into school to talk to the children about the professions and job roles. We try to ensure that children are given a wide range of experiences. Members of our wider school community support us with the delivery of this. A variety of visitors are arranged for classes and assemblies on the theme of work. Pupils also carry out age appropriate tasks about wishes for their future careers during Jigsaw lessons focusing on Dreams and Goals (Spring 1). We hold Enterprise activities during which the children are given a budget and projects to complete.
Below you will find a document which outlines our long-term objectives to careers. BSN career curriculum
We review our careers approach bi-annually in line with our long-term curriculum review. The next review of our careers programme will be in November 2021. If you can offer your expertise in any field of employment and are willing to come into school, please speak to Mrs Hart or office staff.
Thank you for your continued support.