At Garth Hill College we use the eight Gatsby Benchmarks to help us set out an ambitious framework for work related learning and careers guidance to support our young people in this key area of their personal development.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of work places
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Our Enterprise Advisor, Ian Howells from Honda, assists us in developing initiatives. Our careers programme is reviewed annually. The next review is November 2021.
We aim to provide students from Year 7 through to 13 with opportunities that will allow them to build employable skills and make informed decisions about their future. Opportunities include understanding of their competencies, independent GCSE options advice; guidance on post-16 options after KS4 and guidance on post-18 options. Our holistic approach to careers guidance allows a successful transition from KS3, KS4 and post-16. The broad themes for each year are:
Year 7: Awareness of different compentencies
Year 8: Pathways into options
Year 9: Exploring the workplace and competency links
Year 10: Readiness for the workplace
Year 11: Beyond Year 11, Post 16 options
Year 12 & 13: Beyond 6th Form – University preparation, introducing apprenticeship options, Preparing for the labour market.
We will deliver this through our Citizenship programme, tutor time, assemblies, guest speakers, work experience and careers events. In addition to this our staff embed career information into their lesson content as part of the curriculum.
The success of our careers programme will be measured against percentage of our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) students.
In addition we have a close relationship with Bracknell Forest and their careers expertise. Ben Alexander and his team will continue to work with our students at risk of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).