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Careers Progamme

‘Giving students the careers information and support today, for their tomorrow’

At Baines School we are committed to ensuring that all students from Years 7 -11, have the best possible Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). We ensure that students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help them consider their future options.

‘The Overall vision is that through the implementation of Careers Strategy, young people are able to develop the skills and confidence to realise their potential and follow the career path which suits them best, enabling them to contribute to their community and to support social and economic prosperity.’ Department for Employment and Learning March 2016

Careers education, information advice and guidance (CEIAG) is a progressive journey from Year 7 through to Year 11.

The aims at Baines School are:

  • For students to develop positive attitudes towards study and work
  • For students to evaluate their own strengths and to build in their own areas for development.
  • To help students fully engage in career planning
  • For students to understand and develop the skills that are required to be successful in their future pathway
  • To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of opportunities at key transition points and translate these effectively into appropriate decisions and actions
  • To provide students with relevant careers information, advice and guidance that are suitable for their personal needs

Baines School aims to provide equal opportunities of access to careers information advice and guidance for all students.

We aim to use student feedback to inform the development of the careers education programme.

Meet our Careers Team

Baines Careers Leader is Mrs Doherty (Deputy Headteacher) cdo@baines.lancs.sch.uk. If you require any further information, she is happy to help. If any external providers would like to contribute to our CEIAG Programme, please contact Mrs Doherty.

Our Careers Officer is Mrs Johnson kjn@baines.lancs.sch.uk (Monday -Thursday) is a familiar face to students and works with and advises them on future qualifications and careers they may enjoy. She helps the students throughout the school, specifically working with Year 9 students as they prepare for their options, and Year 10 and 11 preparing for college. Year 11 students are given support completing the application forms for college and preparing them for their college interviews. Mrs Johnson is also available in the Careers Hub after school Monday – Thursday until 4pm.

Our Independent Careers Advisor is Mrs Harrison zha@baines.lancs.sch.uk works in school each Monday from 830am until 4pm. Mrs Harrison provides independent careers advice for students, and fully supports the whole careers programme at Baines School.

Baines CEIAG programme runs throughout each year group, and is embedded in the school’s curriculum. We link our careers education information and guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks, which are explicitly reference throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statutory Guidance for Careers (January 2018).

The eight 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
Year 7  – Introductions to Careers

Intent – By the end of Year 7, students will have a greater knowledge of the career possibilities available and the opportunities to develop both their employability skills and their understanding of what careers provision at Baines School looks like. They will start to be more aware and describe themselves, their strengths and preferences, they will be able to focus on the positive aspects of their well-being, progress and achievements.

Examples of activities – Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, an international programme that helps students develop digital, enterprise and employability skills. Using a series of online challenges, students complete career enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and ultimately, gain industry – recognised awards that help students stand out from the crowd! This activity will be launched by local digital employer to ensure the students receive a meaningful encounter.

Restart a Heart, raises awareness of cardiac arrest and trains students how to give CPR. The students will be set a task on roles available throughout the fire service, looking at stereotyping in the industry topics such as firemen -> firefighters etc. Introduce the student profile to the student and learn about their aspirations.

Students have careers embedded within the curriculum areas. This is evaluated termly, to ensure the students have knowledge around careers linked to their chosen curriculum subjects.

Year 8 – Routes to success: Raising Aspirations

Intent – By the end of Year 8, students will have a greater knowledge of what careers are and how they can be developed, they will be able to give examples of different kinds of works and why people’s satisfaction with their working lives can change. They will be able to explain how they are benefitting as a learner from careers, employability and enterprise activities and experiences. They will have a greater awareness of careers which suits their interests and will start to identify personal networks of support, and the qualities and skills that they have demonstrated both in and out of school which will help make them more employable. They can show that they can manage a personal budget and contribute to household budgets.

Examples of activities – Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest; a programme that encourages students to find out about sustainable energy and learn about associated engineering careers. The programme includes the Energiser Workshop and The Bright Ideas Challenge. The Energiser Workshop is and interactive STEM workshop packed with hand-on activities, careers information and stories from real engineers working in energy. This activity is delivered by Shell Gas to enhance learning around the industry.

Build on the student profile to the students and learn about their aspirations, giving the students opportunities to find out more about their aspirations.

Students have careers embedded within the curriculum areas. This is evaluated termly, to ensure the students have knowledge around careers linked to their chosen curriculum subjects.

Year 9 – Options and opportunities

Intent – By the end of Year 9, students will be aware of what labour market information is and how students can use it, they will be able to give examples of different business organisational structure and how it is important to stand up to stereotyping and discrimination. They will also have an awareness of laws and byelaws relating to young discrimination. They will be able to show that they can be positive, flexible and well prepared at transitional points in their life (i.e. options), and be able to explore the options open to them, so they can make plans and decisions carefully to ensure they achieve the qualifications, skills and experience they need. Students will continue to identify personal networks of support, and will be able to access and make the most of impartial face to face and digital careers information, advice and guidance. Students will recognise when they are using qualities and skills that entrepreneurs demonstrate. They will also be able to prepare and present themselves well when going through a selection process.

Examples of activities – Business Enterprise Challenge; uses business models of professional football clubs to engage young people in educational activity and develop life skills for the future. This is a national competition which takes place annually. This is delivered by Blackpool Football Club to enhance learning of employment and business.

Build on the student profiles and ensure students are given the right advice to allow them to achieve their aspirations in terms of their option choices.

Year 10 – The World of Work

Intent – By the end of Year 10, students will recognise how they are changing, what they have to offer and what is important to them. They will be able to explain how they can manage their wellbeing, progress and achievements through telling their story in a positive way. They ill review and reflect on how they are benefitting as a learner from careers, employability and enterprise activities and experiences. They will recognise and challenge stereotyping, discrimination and other barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion and know their rights and responsibilities in relation to this. Students will be able to explain different types of business organisational structures, how they operate and how they measure success. They will also be able to discuss the skills involved in managing their own career. They will show how these qualities and skills will help to improve employability, and that they can be enterprising in the way they learn, work and manage their career.

Examples of activities – Masterclasses with professionals, students are given the opportunity to speak to a professional in the are in which they are considering a career, and assemblies with Blackpool Transport, in particular looking at apprenticeships.

Local employers delivering a mentoring scheme to the students to ensure they are aware of the local job market.

Further Education Opportunities; students will access assemblies with local colleges and employers who offer apprenticeships. The students will also have the opportunity to visit at least one of the local colleges. Students studying construction or hospitality and catering will also have the opportunity to work with Baxter Construction and Blackpool and Fylde College’ restaurant respectively over the two year course.

Continue to build on the students profiles, focus visits will be used where necessary.

Year 11 –  Future Pathways

Intent – By the end of Year 11, students will be able to discuss the skills involved in managing their own career and explain how work and working life is changing and how it may impact on their own and other people’s career satisfaction. They will be able to find relevant labour market information and know how to use it in their career planning. They will be aware of their own responsibilities and rights as a student, trainee or employee for staying healthy and following safe working practices.

Students will be able to review on previous transitions to help them improve on preparing for their future moves in education, training and employment. They will continue to build their own personal networks of support including how to access and make the most of a wide range of impartial face to face and digital careers information, advice and guidance services. Students will show that they can manage financial issues related to their education training and employment choices including knowing how to access sources of financial support that may be open to them. They will be able to research education, training, apprenticeship, employment and volunteering options including information about the best progression pathways through to specific goal. They will be able to make plans and decisions carefully including how to solve problems and deal appropriately with influences on them, and know their rights and responsibilities in a selection process and strategies how to improve their chances of success.

Examples of activities – Careers evening; students will have the opportunity to speak to colleges, university and business offering apprenticeships, with parents and carers.

All students will receive independent advice and guidance, a mock interview from an employer. The students will also be given advice completing their application forms for college and preparing for a college interview.

These are just examples of the opportunities which are embedded into our careers programme. Careers also runs throughout our curriculum and we participate in other additional opportunities as they arise, for example Year 7, 8 and 9 students were offered the opportunity to visit Chester Zoo and look at careers, and a cohort of Year 8 girls accessed a STEM workshop at the Nautical College.

YearActivityBenchmark
7IDEA Bronze Award
Restart a Heart
Step into NHS Competition
Blackpool Zoo
BM5
BM6
8IDEA Silver Award
STEM Energy Quest
STEM event for girls at Nautical College
BM4
BM5
9Speed Networking
IDEA Gold Award
Virtual Hospital to be investigated
Business Enterprise Challenge
Masterclasses with Professionals
BM5
BM6
10Post 16 Careers Evening
Restart a Heart
Apprenticeship Assembly
Writing CVs delivered by Blackpool Transport
T Level Assembly
Opportunity to visit a work placement
Masterclasses with professionals
BM2
BM3
BM5
BM6
BM7
11Blackpool 6th Assembly
Blackpool and Fylde College Assembly
Writing CVs delivered by Blackpool Transport
Post 16 Careers Evening
T Level Talk
Apprenticeship Assembly
Employer Interviews
Independent Careers Advisor Interviews
Masterclasses with professionals
BM2
BM3
BM5
BM7
BM8