Careers

This information is designed for students, teachers, parents, and employers.

Our Careers Education and IAG programme aims to prepare our students for their future lives beyond school. This means that all students, and parents, should be made aware of all their options as they progress through school and their post-school options.

The SLT member responsible for Careers, and our designated careers lead is Sarah Baker (Vice Principal) and she can be contacted at s.baker@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk

The LAB member with responsibility for careers is Sarah Allen

Goffs-Churchgate Academy has achieved The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Investors in Careers

This is recognition of the extensive and high quality careers programme the school has in place.

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https://www.hopinto.co.uk/

 

Careers Curriculum Map

All areas of the curriculum support the Careers Education programme, and all subject areas have identified where they can support this. This document includes examples of how various subject areas support the new elements of the 2021 CDI framework through integrated provision

Careers Curriculum Map

Careers Action Plan 2021

The school's plans for 2021-2022 can be found in the attached action plan

Careers Action Plan

Who we work with:

The following organisations support our Careers and IAG provision:

YC Hertfordshire

https://www.ychertfordshire.org/

  • Source our Year 10 Work experience placements including site risk assessments.
  • Provide qualified personal advisers to deliver careers interviews with all students in Years 11.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

https://www.hertfordshirelep.com/

  • Deliver a range of enterprise activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 students

 

University of Hertfordshire

  • Provide direct interventions for targeted students in Year 9 and 10 to promote university/higher education as a post-school option

 

We are signed up to The Careers and Enterprise Company – The Enterprise Adviser Network – programme. This is a free provision managed locally by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support us to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by August 2020 – a target set by Department for Education in their Careers Strategy (Dec 2017). 

We have fully achieved all 8 Benchmarks ahead of the DfE 2020 deadline

Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here:

https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/

Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here:

http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance

further information about The Government’s Careers Strategy can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/664319/Careers_strategy.pdf

 

Careers Activity Plan

We deliver a structured Careers and IAG Activity Plan which is reviewed on an annual basis, and involves all Year Groups. Below are some of the key activities which we offer, and all activities are linked to the updated April 2021 CDI Framework. This plan includes examples of seperate, personalised and opt-in provision. The link to updated framework can be found here:

CDI Framework

Year Group

Activity

When

 

CDI 2021 Framework links

7

Summer school

 

Students will take part in a variety of activities to build their confidence and ease them with their transition to secondary school

 

Virtual employer encounters

 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in virtual careers talks with experts from a wide and varied range of careers and backgrounds

 

Introduction to University

 

Start website module: “Exploring pathways, an introduction to University”.

 

It’s never too early to start thinking and learning about university. This activity will introduce you to life at university and why you should consider it as an option for the future.

 

Study Skills

 

This session introduces skills and strategies your students can use to help them cope with the demands of secondary school, providing tips to keep themselves organised and encouraging good studying habits at home

 

The Bright Ideas Challenge

 

Shell has supported science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education for over 50 years in England, Wales and Scotland. The Bright Ideas Challenge is part of our ongoing commitment to inspire more young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. This cross-curricular competition invites secondary students aged 11–14 to imagine creative ideas to power the cities of the future, ensuring they are vibrant, healthy and clean places to live. The Bright Ideas Challenge aims to excite young people about how science, engineering and creativity can be combined to make a real difference to our world.

 

START activities

 

Students will be provided with log in details for the START website which will enable them to build an online portfolio. These activities are arranged by year group and will be set at times as independent work or as part of enrichment and drop down days, for example during careers week

 

Secondary school – what choices do I have? What is life like at secondary school? Your future starts now. What is a skill? An introduction to the different types of skills. Your interest and jobs. Your strengths and jobs. What jobs do people do near you? Explore some of the key industries in England

 

 

Summer holidays

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term – Careers week

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

Create opportunities

 

Mange work life balance

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grow throughout life

 

 

 

 

See the big picture

Create opportunities

 

Mange work life balance

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

See the big picture

 

Grow throughout life

 

 

 

 

 

8

Virtual employer encounters

 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in virtual careers talks with experts from a wide and varied range of careers and backgrounds

 

Apprenticeships

 

Start website module: “EXPLORING PATHWAYS

Introduction to Apprenticeships”

 

Learn the basic facts about Apprenticeships, as well as the types of jobs you could undertake an Apprenticeship in.

 

The Bright Ideas Challenge

 

Shell has supported science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education for over 50 years in England, Wales and Scotland. The Bright Ideas Challenge is part of our ongoing commitment to inspire more young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. This cross-curricular competition invites secondary students aged 11–14 to imagine creative ideas to power the cities of the future, ensuring they are vibrant, healthy and clean places to live. The Bright Ideas Challenge aims to excite young people about how science, engineering and creativity can be combined to make a real difference to our world.

 

START activities

 

Students will be provided with log in details for the START website which will enable them to build an online portfolio. These activities are arranged by year group and will be set at times as independent work or as part of enrichment and drop down days, for example during careers week

 

Explore jobs based on your interests

Explore jobs based on your strengths

Your subjects and jobs

Developing your skills in everyday life

What skills are needed for different jobs?

What is stereotyping?

Explore industries in your local area

Explore local jobs in demand

What will jobs be like in the future?

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term – Careers week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

See the big picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create opportunities

 

Mange work life balance

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

See the big picture

 

Grow throughout life

 

9

Virtual employer encounters

 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in virtual careers talks with experts from a wide and varied range of careers and backgrounds, including a series of webinars produced by https://www.hopinto.co.uk/explore-careers/webinars/virtual-employer-encounters/

 

 

Choosing GCSE Options

 

Start website module:

 

What is your personality type?

What skills do you have?

How can you develop your skills?

GCSEs – an overview of your options

GCSEs – making your choices

Explore local employers and what is important to them What skills are important to employers?

 

Employability Skills

 

Start website module: USING START'S EMPLOYABILITY TOOLS “Introduction to Employability Action Plan” and “Introduction to your Locker”

 

Learn why setting goals and action planning is important, and learn how to use your Employability Action Plan to reach your career goals.

 

Careers Carousel

 

Employers from a wide range of backgrounds and industries are invited to the school and students are encouraged to meet with and talk to employers to gain a wider understanding of the what may be involved in their specific industry, and what entry routes are available

 

Aim higher, visit to The University of Hertfordshire

 

Students experience life at the University in a drive to raise the aspirations of the students

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term

 

 

 

 

 

Spring term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer term

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

 

 

 

Create opportunities

 

Mange work life balance

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

See the big picture

 

Grow throughout life

 

 

 

 

Grow throughout life

 

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

Mange Career

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Virtual employer encounters

 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in virtual careers talks with experts from a wide and varied range of careers and backgrounds, including a series of webinars produced by https://www.hopinto.co.uk/explore-careers/webinars/virtual-employer-encounters/

 

 

Employability Skills

 

Start website module:” UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS; What are employability skills?”

Find out what employability skills are, why employers value them so highly and how developing your employability skills will improve your chances of thriving in your career.

 

Super speed study skills

 

Students will take part in this workshop run by “Positively You” to prepare students for exams

 

During this empowering workshop, students will experience the power and effectiveness of creative study techniques and be shown how to remember things more easily by using their imaginations. They will develop a far greater understanding of how their brain works and how they can make it work better for them

 

GCSE Exam Skills

 

This session focuses primarily on revision techniques. Students will be guided through various revision / study methods and given practical tips on how to manage their time more effectively. The session will also explore coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety.

 

Hertfordshire Labour Market Advice

 

This crucial piece of work happens during form time to ensure students have the most up to date information about the local Labour Market to inform study decisions

 

Employability Skills

 

Start website module: USING START'S EMPLOYABILITY TOOLS “Introduction to Employability Action Plan” and “Introduction to your Locker”

 

Learn why setting goals and action planning is important, and learn how to use your Employability Action Plan to reach your career goals.

 

CV writing

 

Students work to prepare their own CV’s and understand how to present them according and what information to include, these are then presented at the mock interview day

 

Mock interview day

 

Students come face to face with Employers who put them through a real life interview scenario and then provide them with feedback about how they presented themselves, how they answered the questions and on their CV’s

 

HRC Open day visits

 

During the summer term students will have the opportunity to visit Herts Regional College to take part in experience days for various different courses and qualifications

 

Work experience

 

All students will take part in a week long work experience organized in conjunction with YC Herts please see work experience page for further details

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term – Careers week

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring term

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring term – Careers week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer term

 

 

 

 

Summer term

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

Mange Career

 

 

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grow throughout life

 

Work life balance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grow throughout life

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grow throughout life

 

 

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

 

 

 

Manage Careers

 

 

 

 

 

Create opportunities

 

Mange work life balance

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

See the big picture

 

Grow throughout life

11

Virtual employer encounters

 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in virtual careers talks with experts from a wide and varied range of careers and backgrounds, including a series of webinars produced by https://www.hopinto.co.uk/explore-careers/webinars/virtual-employer-encounters/

 

 

Exam busters workshop

 

Students will take part in this workshop run by “Positively You” to prepare students for exams

 

“Our flagship and most popular workshop provides students with skills for life: study, preparation, memory, relaxation, stress reduction, organisation, mental & physical health and well-being – as well as a range of effective tools and techniques to help them BUST through their revision and exams.”

 

 

GCSE Exam Skills

 

This session focuses primarily on revision techniques. Students will be guided through various revision / study methods and given practical tips on how to manage their time more effectively. The session will also explore coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety.

 

Personal Guidance Interviews

 

Provided by an Independent Careers Advisor from Youth Connexions all Year 11’s have at least one destination interview

 

Visit to Goffs 6th Form and to HRC College

 

Students are given the opportunity to visit both the 6th form and the College to explore their post 16 options

 

Next Steps after Year 11

 

This talk explores the different post-16 options available including a discussion on A-Levels, BTECs, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.

 

START MODULES

 

Finding opportunities to keep developing

How to manage your emotions

Creating a development plan

Choosing subjects (Post 16)

Making your choice (Post 16)

Academic and vocational pathways

Finding an employer; apprenticeship and T-Level placements How to write your CV

How to prepare for interview

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn and Spring term

 

 

 

Autumn term

 

 

 

Spring term

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

 

See the big picture

 

Work life balance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the big picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manage career

 

 

 

Manage career

 

 

 

 

Manage career

 

 

 

 

Create opportunities

 

Mange work life balance

 

Explore possibilities

 

Manage Career

 

See the big picture

 

Grow throughout life

Careers Week:

 

Week March 2022

 

This exciting initiative will include an exciting range of activities for the whole school including:

 

  • A variety of subject based careers lesson spanning across key stage three and four
  •  A wide range of virtual guest speakers, discussing their jobs and careers routes, with a focus on “Breaking stereotypes” with both women’s careers and those from a BAME background
  • Past pupils will be joining us virtually to discuss their post 16 and post 18 experiences
  • A range of activities will be explored during form time
A range of home learning activities based around the START website
All areas of the new 2021 framework are covered within the various activities covered during this week

Hertfordshire Skills Framework

This is the culmination of a huge research piece carried out by The University of Hertfordshire to identify the predominant skills and qualities that a large range of Hertfordshire employers have stated are most important for young people to possess and demonstrate in the workplace; it is therefore vital information for students, teachers and parents to be aware of. These skills are going to be embedded through throughout the school both within the curriculum and through wider awareness within work on CV’s and in assemblies.

Labour Market Information

Broxbourne Labour Market Information

Hertfordshire Labour Market Information

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

Employer Engagement:

We recognise the importance in working with local employers in order to support our Careers Education and IAG provision we are very keen to establish links with employers who will be able to open our students’ eyes to the world of work.

We currently engage with over 30 different employers through work experience placements for our Year 10 students and our Year 9 Careers Fair. We welcome further support from employers within a range of industries. If you would like to support any of the above events or feel you may be offer support in a different way then do please contact our Careers Lead, Sarah Baker s.baker@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk

Careers Policy

We are fully compliant with the Baker Clause and are very keen for all our students to gain knowledge about all their post-16 options. Please see our Provider Access Statement below

Provider Access Policy