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Careers Statement 

Our careers programme is designed to help young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make successful choices and manage transitions and pathways in learning and work.

In October 2018 the Department for Education published its updated Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff.  This guidance identifies the 8 Gatsby benchmarks that school should meet by 2020.

  1. A stable careers programme

  2. Learning from career and labour market information

  3. Addressing the needs of each student

  4. Linking curriculum to careers

  5. Encounters with employers and employees

  6. Experiences of workplaces

  7. Encounters with higher and further education

  8. Personal guidance

Currently the majority of requirements have been met and we are actively working to achieve all benchmarks.

Overview of career provision

  • Careers education lessons (delivered during PSHE lessons)
  • Students have access to the Careers and Aspirations google classroom
  • Students and parents  have access to ‘Unifrog’ a destinations platform including information on universities, apprenticeships, careers and labour market information at https://www.unifrog.org/
  • Careers guidance activities through electives KS4)
  • Work experience (KS4)
  • Work experience (KS5)
  • Young Enterprise programme (KS5)
  • Mock interviews with external organisations, for example with Faccenda, Network Rail and Rotary Group (KS4 & 5)
  • External competitions and activities, examples include. MK Magistrates’ Mock Trial (KS3/4) also Bank of England and BASE KS5, Race for the Line (GCSE computing)
  • Trips to support subjects and careers in that subject, these include theatre visits with q & a session with actors, Cern trip (Physics) 
  • Organised careers events, such as out inaugural Aspirations evening held in April 2019, bringing together a range of employers and professionals
  • Careers, enterprise and aspirations events on enrichment days
  • External careers events as appropriate (KS4 and KS5), for example the National Apprenticeship Fair
  • Old Latins, parents and local professionals as ambassadors for their career, subject and university will be invited into school to talk to current RLS students during lessons, assemblies, Higher Education Enrichment (KS5) 
  • Displays with subject specific career reference in department areas
  • Use of industrial links, as places to visit and project starters (eg Y9 Food project with Puratos) (all KS)
  • All staff contribute through their roles as tutors and subject teachers
  • Guidance on work experience and volunteering
  • Programme of support for applying to university, including studying abroad
  • Gap year advice
  • Authorised absence from school to visit potential universities
  • Organised trip to Oxford and Cambridge university for those students wishing to apply to competitive universities
  • Support for CV writing and job applications
  • Results day advice and guidance
  • Latin Learning – promoting the use of softer skills in the curriculum 
  • The school develops links and partnerships with employers to support students, provide opportunities and highlight pathways, e.g. BMW Mini
  • Records will be maintained to show students’ experiences of career and enterprise activities

The school will evaluate careers provision and impact on a yearly basis to highlight areas of best practice and priorities for improvement.  As we continue to review our programme other activities may be trialled and evaluated as deemed appropriate and relevant to support the above objectives

The school will measure whether students attain places at their chosen destinations

The date of the next review of this published information:

Policy to be reviewed by governors by January 2020

The provision is reviewed on an ongoing basis, auditing against the benchmarks. 

The careers programme is being promoted throughout 2018-19 and 2019 – 2020 through our priority ‘Aspirations’ – planning for the future to provide opportunities for students to take effective steps to prepare for the next stage of their development.

RLS careers contacts:

Jane Street – Careers Lead – jstreet@royallatin.org

Michelle Taylor – senior leadership member responsibility for Aspirations mtaylor@royallatin.org

Provider access

The Royal Latin school is open for other providers to attend the school to speak to students; including other educational establishments, apprenticeship/training providers na dempleyers.  Any organisation that would like to visit the school should contact Jane Street.

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