CAREERS EDUCATION & GUIDANCE - preparing students for their future!
Making good progress towards meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks
A good quality careers guidance and education programme will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and post 18 and we provide extensive opportunites for external providers to meet with students to provide careers and labour market information.
Careers guidance will contribute to raising pupil achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all. This aspiration links to the school's overall vision, which is that:
Our students grow into well-rounded individuals, equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to lead happy, meaningful lives within society
At The Deepings School we provide a comprehensive programme to students in every year group and this includes work related learning, enterprise education and support with key stage option choices. Our careers overview and newsletter can be viewed at the bottom of this page, however, activities and events are subject to on-going review to ensure compliance relating to Covid-19.
There are comprehensive guides for students and parents on the respective sub pages, providing information relating to:
- finding support following exam results days
- decision making
- being prepared
- career management skills
- adding value
- positive wellbeing
- links to potential employer
We are grateful to the Careers & Enterprise Company and learnliveuk.com for providing these virtual resources to help support our students and parents/carers. Sixth Form students are well supported as they make applications to university, apply for Higher Level Apprenticeships or other post 18 pathways, as are SEND students.
The school annually assesses the impact of the careers programme and this is verified via an external moderator and views are sought from all stakeholders, as the programme evolves to consider the needs of students and local, national and global jobs market. Please refer to the careers policy document for details of student entitlement.The date of the next review is January 2022.
We aim to equip our students with the skills to career plan and know how and where to access impartial and unbiased information. Developing enterprise and employability skills are important and we are a National Citizen Service Champion School.
As part of their entitlement, students have access to external providers to ensure they learn about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Please see our provider access policy document, linked to this page via the employers and training providers section. Please note that whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place, school access for external providers is not possible, however 'virtual' presentations can be relayed to students. The school is also a National Apprenticeship Champion School for it's work in highlighting this pathway.
Our NEET (not in employment, education or training) figures remain low, despite an increased Year 11 cohort and the challenges of the pandemic. Our 2020 Year 11 leavers (249) progressed successfully onto pathways of their choice with 97.3% of the cohort meeting the RPA (raising of the participation age) compliance, compared with 92.7% England and 93.1% Lincolnshire. Year 12 achieved 97.7%, compared with 83.5% England and 86.3% Lincolnshire. All learners are supported with their transition applications, however, FE establishments in neighbouring counties are unable to share course enrolment data with us, to enable us to reconfirm the destination of a few students. Three year reporting from Confident Choices enables us to confirm that students are continuing with their choice of Post 16 course.
The Careers programme is developed in consideration of the CDI (Career Development Institute) framework and the Gatsby Report's eight benchmarks. Three key areas are:
Self Development - through careers, employability and enterprise education
Careers Exploration - learning about careers and the world of work
Career Management - learning how to develop career management and employability skills (to include managing changes and transitions)
The Deepings School contracts the services of a specialist independent personal guidance adviser and any student can request an appointment via the Careers Lead, Mrs Taylor: email@example.com.
The school shares student data with the external careers guidance practitioner to ensure impartial and individual advice can be offered and with the Local Authority, with regard to intended destinations tracking. With the consent of the student, action/next step plans are available to view by key members of staff and parents/carers. Parents/carers have an important role to play in supporting their child with career planning and we have some useful documents linked to this page and a dedicated parents/carers page.
All Year 10 and Year 12 students have the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience, however, due to Covid-19 there will be a series of 'virtual' experiences. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop employability skills and sample the world of work, albeit remotely.
Careers guidance is on-going throughout the academic year and is delivered through PSHE lessons, tutor periods, collapsed timetable events and external trips and is enhanced by working with local businesses, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities. We retain the prestigious Careers Mark Platinum award, the first school in Lincolnshire to achieve this. This Quality in Careers Standard provides an additional assessment of the impact of our programme. Another successful re-validation took place in November 2019.
For further information about our careers and work related programme please contact: Mrs L. Taylor, Careers Leader/Events Manager on 01778 342159 or Email: