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Gatsby Benchmark

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 referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statutory Guidance for Careers (January 2018).

1. A stable careers programme – At Baines we have a clear careers programme, Careers@Baines, which is evaluated annually and updated regularly. There is a clear intent for each year group as we build up the student’s journey from Years 7 to 11, helping and encouraging them to determine their career aspirations and the necessary skills and opportunities which will support them.

2. Learning from career and labour market information – Students learn about the labour market information through the career units they complete each year, and also through assemblies and career activities.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil – From starting in Year 7, students are encouraged to assess their own skills and interest, and also look at possible aspirations. Research show that students with aspirations have better attendance, behaviour and overall outcomes, than those without. Students will be encouraged to participate in activities tailored towards their interests, as well as other general activities. Using Compass Plus, students are tracked throughout their time at Baines, all the way through to Year 11 where they are advised and supported in their post 16 applications. We continue to track students after they have left Baines, until they are 18, monitoring their destinations.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers – All departments have career links in their units of work so that students can make links between specific topics of learning and careers, or specific skills. Departments are also encouraged to have a careers display in their department. Other examples of where links are made between curriculum and careers include:

  • Maths
  • Science – STEM activities including STEM club, Ogden Trust competitions and visits to the Nautical College
  • History
    • Year 7 – Armed Forces: comparison between medieval knights and 21st Century soldiers
    • Year 8 – Careers in medicine: comparison of the medicine man in Native American culture to the medical careers today
    • Year 9 – Careers in forensic science: study of the murder of the Romanovs in 1918
    • Year 10 – Careers in politics: the division of Vietnam in 1954 and its implications leading to comparisons with political roles today
    • Year 11 – Careers in industry: examination of differences between mass production today and in 1920s USA. How History is useful if entering industry etc.
  • Computer Studies – Years 7 – 9 participate in IDEA
  • Creative Arts –
    • The Scheme of Learning is designed to increase ‘industry experience’ e.g. Architecture in Year 9, CAD / CAM in Years 7 and 8 and studying electronic music production in Year 8
    • Local links developed with organisations provide careers experience e.g. Baxter homes link with construction and BFC link with Hospitality & Catering
    • Visiting professionals adjudicate Creative Arts Festival e.g. local artists and teachers
    • Enrichment opportunities with explicit links to careers experience i.e. backstage and lighting as part of the school musical
    • Expansion of KS4 vocational courses that provide clear progression pathways through to post 16 / 18 pathways i.e. Level 2 Construction, Level 2 Hospitality and Level 2 Performing Arts
    • Increased use of quality equipment and resources in industry as part of teaching and learning e.g. laser cutter in Design, professional Photoshop software and professional production software

5. Encounters with employers and employees – We aim for students in each year group to meet with an employer (this year has been affected by COVID):

  • Year  7 – IDEA
  • Year 8 – IDEA and Step into the NHS
  • Year 9 – IDEA and Medical session
  • Year 10 – Work experience and Meet the Professional sessions
  • Year 11 – Blackpool Transport and Meet the Professional sessions

6. Experiences of workplaces – This year we are aiming to run a virtual Year 10 work experience (week commencing 21st June 2021), where students will research an employment sector then meet an employer within that sector. They will be set a challenge and complete a project based on the challenge, which will then be presented.

7. Encounters with further and higher education – This year due to COVID, all our encounters have been virtual. However, our year 11 students have managed to meet with a range of further education and higher education establishments who offer a range of courses including A-Levels, T-Levels, apprenticeships and vocational courses.

8. Personal guidance – All our Year 11 students have accessed a career interview with our Level 6 independent Careers Advisor, Zoe Dillon. Zoe has given the students impartial careers advice and helped them to build their CV and apply for college courses.

Thank you to Nicola Roberts from the Career and Enterprise Company for this information.