King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford

Careers Advice

DJBET电竞菠菜人 Here at KEGS we strive to provide our pupils with the best possible advice and resources possible in order to put them in a strong position from which to work towards their future. We recognise both the importance of young people having goals towards which to work, as well as the need of some for advice about where to go. We are working towards compliance with the Statutory Guidance from the DfE on Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers (2018) and full implementation of the Gatsby Benchmarks by September 2020. The Gatsby Benchmarks are:

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

As such, we run a comprehensive careers curriculum throughout the school, starting with an introduction to the Fast Tomato careers website during dedicated PSHE lessons in Years 7, 8, and 9. Pupils in the lower school are also given the chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills during the enterprise events which are run at various points during the school year. We offer a range of events/assemblies, including assemblies on careers options in Year 8, and one on STEM in Year 9. As well as our assembly programme that introduces different career pathways, pupils in Year 9 get advice regarding their GCSE choices.

In the middle school we provide support in the form of sessions on work skills, as well as further lessons on alternative routes into employment. Pupils are introduced to apprenticeships in Year 10. This is supplemented in Year 11 by individual interviews with an external advisor, which are provided for all pupils, as well as an excellent apprenticeship workshop, which highlights alternative possibilities to those who might not wish to go on to higher education. Work experience placements take place after their exams in the summer term of Year 11. Year 11 pupils also have the chance to take part in the Young Enterprise competition and the National Citizenship Service as a means to gain further insights into the world of business and employment.

The Sixth Form is, of course, the time when students have careers most on their minds, and we seek to help them in several ways. First, there is a careers fair each year, open to students in Years 11 and 12, during which practitioners from a range of professions come in to give students an insight into their world. Second, we offer each student in Year 13 a mock interview, whether that be for university, or for employment, also given by external experts. Each pupil has access to a UCAS/careers mentor to supplement guidance given on university and careers applications. We augment this provision with PSHE lessons focused on job applications and building a CV. We also consider it important for pupils to consider routes other than university, and for that reason we run an assembly on apprenticeships for Year 12 also.

Pupils from across the whole school are also welcome to attend regular careers talks at lunchtime given by external providers, and covering a full range of employment options - from theatre management to chemistry. We seek to engage with employers and people in work in order to offer our pupils as many opportunities as possible to learn about careers and employment.