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 Trustee with responsibility for careers is Patrick Phillpot

Careers Curriculum Map

All areas of the curriculum support the Careers Education programme, and all subject areas have identified where they can support this, and it is outlined in the document below as well as being mapped to the CDI framework

Careers Curriculum Map

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

The Marriot Hotel, Cheshunt

  • Provide work based experience opportunities for Year 7 and 8 students

 

Goffs-Churchgate Academy is currently working towards The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Investors in Careers, and have successfully achievement the commitment stage.

Quality in Careers Standard Commitment Stage

This is due to be completed in November 2019 and is recognition of the extensive and high quality careers programme the school has in place.

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 been matched with the Marriot Hotel Cheshunt to help us to work towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Meetings take place on a regular basis to discuss progress.

Currently we have fully achieved 6 Benchmarks and partially achieved 2 benchmarks.

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 March 2018 CDI Framework, the link to which can be found here:

CDI Framework

Year 7

“Marriot Masterchef” competition

Students have the opportunity to work with the Head Chef at the Marriot hotel and experience life in a busy professional kitchen

Spring Term

A1, B1, B5, B6, B8, B9, C12

Introduction to Higher Education

This interactive workshop is designed to prompt students to start thinking about the option of higher education. Discussion will challenge any preconceptions they may have about university and help them to understand why individuals may choose to go.

Spring Term

C10, C14, C15, C17

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

Summer Term A1, A2, A3, C2

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.

Ongoing

B4, B8, C14

Year 8

 

Marriot Experience day

Students have the opportunity to experience life “behind the scenes” at a busy and top class hotel. Students are exposed to a variety of jobs which take place in the hotel, from chamber maids to marketing including a talk from the General Manager and the opportunity to meet young people on the Graduate and Apprenticeship programmes.

Autumn Term

B4, B5, B6, B8, B9, C12

Education Pathways

This session gives students an opportunity to consider their own progression through education, exploring the different pathways they may follow and how they can pursue their own unique aspirations through education.

Autumn Term C10, C14, C15

Why go to University

This engaging workshop shares with students the benefits of university and the positive impact that having a degree can have on personal development and job prospect

Spring Term

C10, C14, C17

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.

Ongoing

B4, B8, C14

Year 9

 

Work Based Learning

This interactive session, led by the University of Hertfordshire, will provide the students with up-to-date information about work-based routes after school. It covers higher and degree apprenticeships as well as other vocational routes.

Autumn Term B5, C10, C14

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

Spring term B4, B6, B8, C10, C12, C14

Aim higher, visit to The University of Hertfordshire

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

Summer term C10, C14, C13, C15

The Big Assembly

This is the fifth in a successful series of live digital broadcasts brought to you by The Big Assembly, where audiences of thousands of students from across the UK participate in a conversation about their futures. The focus is on STEM jobs and differing routes into industry.

Summer term

B4, B8, C14

Year 10

Independent Study

This workshop is aimed at helping students to develop into independent learners. The strategies discussed will encourage students to take more ownership of their studies with a view to increasing aspirations for achievement in their GCSEs and where this may lead them in the future.

Autumn Term A1, A2, A3, C10, C12

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

Spring term B4, B5, B7

Employability Skills

This session will give students a chance to assess their current skills and experience, prompting them to consider what employers are looking for and how they can improve their own CV, interview ability and skill set to increase their future employability

Spring Term A1, A3, C10, C12, C16, C17

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

Summer term

B4, C16, C2

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

   

1-week work experience

Work experience takes place in the workplace and allows young people to experience what it is like to undertake a job supervised by staff who already work in the environment.

See separate Work experience tab for further information

Summer Term

B4, B5, B6, B8, B9, C2, C12

Year 11

 

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.

Autumn Term

A1, A2, A3, C12

Personal Guidance Interviews

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

Autumn and Spring term A1, A2, A3, C10, C14, C15, C16, C17

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

Autumn Term C10, C14, C12, C17

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.

Spring term

 

 

C10, C14, C17

“Be Ready” website

Used through all year groups, to provide CPD modules on skills such as resilience and leadership. Used to explore career information, apprentice opportunities and labour market information

 

“Start” website

 

All areas of the framework are covered within the various modules and elements of this website

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.

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

 

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