Gatsby Benchmarks and Local Market Information - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Gatsby Benchmarks and Local Market Information

Gatsby Benchmarks and Local Market Information

A Stable Careers Programme

  • We have a published careers programme published on our website
  • There are several logged activities available for all of our young people, with additional activities available for specific groups of students
  • Our Academy Council and Senior Leadership team scrutinise the work of the careers team, with regular reporting and accountability in these forums
  • Careers Advisors are qualified with a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Advice and Guidance
  • All staff work together to ensure careers information is delivered throughout school, in subject areas; careers education is everyone’s responsibility at St Wilfrid’s

Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

  • Displays and digital media on careers and Local Market Information are available in key areas of school
  • Staff work alongside the Leeds Enterprise Partnership to ensure effective delivery of varied activities.
  • St Wilfrid’s is matched with an Enterprise Advisor from a local business, to help promote the LMI
  • Careers maintain their understanding of the local market to offer accurate and up-to-date information
  • Assemblies are delivered from both internal and external sources
  • All staff undertake yearly training with regards to LMI, to better inform their schemes of learning, with the most recent taking place in March 2020

Addressing the needs of each student

  • Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have bespoke guidance
  • Students are identified to receive one-to-one support and will help to formulate a student action plan, detailing the discussion and the actions needed
  • Destination data is collected at regular points throughout the year, to inform target lists for intervention
  • All our young people are offered opportunities to consider apprenticeships, through assembly and individual meetings
  • CV writing and application support for all students who require this
  • At St Wilfrid’s we pay for external independent advice and guidance from Prospects, who work with young people and families on an intensive level

Linking the curriculum

  • Careers information is given through Form Tutors, PSCHE, and assemblies
  • St Wilfrid’s careers staff have mapped the subject curriculum to identify areas where subjects linked their teaching to carers
  • Subject staff are developing schemes of learning to incorporate explicit links to careers and local market information
  • All staff are fully aware of Gatsby benchmarks and their obligations to deliver subject-led careers guidance, through training
  • Bespoke Further and Higher Education visits and activities are provided for groups of students, where a need is identified by curriculum leaders
  • Our Open Events – Year 8 pathways, careers information evenings, Sixth Form and Higher Education Progression Evenings, incorporate aspects of careers, planning, progression and local market information

Encounters with Employers and employees

  • There is an annual St Wilfrid’s Careers and Higher Education Fair in the summer term
  • In 2021, planning is underway for an additional Careers and Higher Education Week through a series of virtual sessions during Careers Week in March, with local providers and Higher Education institutions
  • There are several bespoke visits to local employers such as West Yorkshire Police
  • Our collaboration with Go Higher West Yorkshire, helps to fund several events for our young people to ensure they are well informed
  • For identified students, there are opportunities to visit local Careers fairs and support to attend open events
  • St Wilfrid’s has established many links with local industry and employers through a successful work experience programme – this is under review in the current COVID-19 restrictions

Experience of Workplaces

  • There are two opportunities for work-related learning in years 10 and 12
  • Students in specialist subjects, such as Health and Social Care and Child Development, undertake forms of work-related learning

Encounters with Further and Higher Education

  • Our established and successful partnership with Go Higher West Yorkshire, from the beginning of the programme, has resulted in significant university-led partnership in recent years
  • The progression rates of students to university has been consistently over 80% of the sixth form cohort
  • A visit to the UCAS Higher Education Fair takes place annually for all Year 12 students
  • Identified students are supported and given the opportunity to attend the Year 10 taster day to Wakefield College, with trained members of staff
  • The careers department is a vibrant part of school, centrally-located, it is a hub of information including a library of prospectuses
  • St Wilfrid’s prides itself on our bespoke workshops and talks in specialist fields, such as Medicine, or for Oxbridge applications

Personal Guidance

  • Ensuring a personalised approach to advice and guidance is the foundation of the work in the careers team
  • Individual Year 11 Careers interviews, take place
  • All students are able to ask for a careers interview at any point in their education
  • Students apply to the sixth form online, allowing for early identification and appropriate independent guidance for those who wish to apply elsewhere
  • Group sessions are available for Year 11 &13 – applying for apprenticeships
  • A trained careers advisor is on hand at parents’ evenings and open events
  • Careers Advisors work closely with Heads of Year, tutors and SEND team
  • All Year 11 students take part in the Progression Module, to help guide them in their progression choices, whether that be university or any other route, ensuring that our young people are well informed
  • Drop-in sessions are available for help to complete a CV, job applications or interview preparation