‘The Government’s careers strategy sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school providing secondary educations should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties’. DfE January 2018 (Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers).
As part of PSHE lessons, in Year 7 pupils receive lessons using the Barclays Life Skills scheme of work for KS3 pupils.
In Year 8, pupils follow a series of lessons using the Pearson Education Ltd ‘Think Future’ Scheme of Work and the Careers and Enterprise Company scheme of work.
STEM workshops take place throughout Years 6, 7 and 8 along with visits to the NEC Big Bang Exhibition, the Think Tank and there are also annual entries to the BP STEM Challenge.
Through our E-Twinning work with the British Council, BHA students have visited a number of European countries and will continue to have opportunities to work with our partner school in Austria. This has allowed opportunities to broaden horizons by visiting local business in both our area and Austria, as well as pupils gaining a greater practical understanding of the importance of language learning.
Visitors are encouraged to come into BHA to talk about their careers – most recently in 2018, we have had talks from local magistrates, university students and a charity worker who has worked extensively on the African continent.
Our Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Leader is Claire Matthews. Prior to becoming a teacher, Claire had 20 years extensive work experience in a range of positions including an NGO in Norway with projects in Africa and Asia, and also in Germany working for an international testing company. Prior to this, she worked in the City of London in recruitment for major companies. Mrs C Stewart is the Link Governor for CIAG
The Compass Careers Benchmark tool has helped BHA to devise a scheme for our pupils. The Benchmarks are as follows:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
If you would like to become involved in assisting BHA with reaching the above benchmarks – through coming into school to talk about your career/workplace or you could offer a visit of a small group of pupils to your workplace, please contact Mrs Claire Matthews via the school office by clicking here