The Careers Department at Bishop Ramsey provides information, advice and guidance to students on a wide range of issues that help them build the skills they will need for working life.
The world of work has undergone significant changes in recent years and continues to do so and it is therefore even more important that we equip our students with the necessary skills for them to make decisions about their future, to know how and where to access information and to link subject areas and qualifications with possible career choices.
Bishop Ramsey is committed to meeting the following 8 Gatsby benchmarks as set out in 'Careers strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents' (DfE Publication Dec 2017)
CEIAG is available to all students, to enable them to make decisions about their education and careers choices. An overview of the service that is offered at Bishop Ramsey School can be seen below.
All students in Years 11, 12 and 13 are entitled to a careers interview with our independent careers advisor, who is in school each week to provide one-to-one and group guidance interviews for our students. Students who attend a one-to-one session are provided with a written action plan to help them realise their goal, to take home and share with their parents/carers so that they can assist their child in carrying out these actions. Parents and carers of students from Year 11 are also invited to attend the one-to-one interviews.
An informal drop-in facility is also available for students from Years 12 and 13 during Friday mornings.
We have a full range of careers resources in our School Library and 6th form Study Room. We also have access to software that allows students of all ages to access up-to- date careers information. Elements of the Careers curriculum are covered in many subject areas as well as in PSHE.
All students also have access to the “Bishop Ramsey Careers Information” Facebook page. In addition to the school VLE, this provides students with the most up to date careers information and opportunities.
There is also a careers area in Student Services that students can visit with prior arrangement.
We also host a Careers Fair for all students (plus parents/carers) from Years 7 to 13, every two years which involves around 40 employers and educators from both regional and national organisations offering advice and information on apprenticeships, work, Higher and Further Education and Gap Years.
A summary of the specific Curriculum provision for Careers is outlined below:
Key Stage 3
In KS3 students will be learning about employability skills and using these a variety of ways in their lessons. They look at options choices and possible future careers
Key Stage 4
All Year 10 students attend a one day enrichment event. This event is specifically aimed at preparation for applying for jobs and college placements plus interview preparation and techniques. This includes a mock interview and debriefing session with contacts from local industry and the wider school community.
All students in Year 10 complete one week of work experience, to develop a greater understanding of the world of work and identify the links between the skills used and developed in school, and those necessary in the workplace. Bishop Ramsey School has an excellent reputation among local employers for the high level of maturity and commitment of our students on work experience.
In Year 11, students are prepared for making successful applications to post-16 opportunities. All students in Year 11 complete a questionnaire concerning their interests and possible career/further education pathway. This data is then used to target students for group interviews and subject information sessions with our independent Careers Advisor.
In January / February students have an interview with a senior member of school staff to help them prepare for options post-16.
Key Stage 5
Careers guidance takes place in PSHCE lessons. Research skills, sources of information, application procedures and interview skills are practised and reinforced. Students are given the chance to have a further careers interview with our Careers Advisor and there is an opportunity to visit University open days. They also have a talk from Apprenticeship providers to help them with this pathway.