Hurstmere seeks to establish a good quality careers guidance and education programme which will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and as such the school endeavours to provides both curricular educational opportunities about careers as well as opportunities for external providers to meet with students to provide careers and labour market information.
Careers guidance will contribute to raising pupil achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all.
At Hurstmere School we provide a comprehensive programme to students in Years 8-11 of all abilities and this includes aspects of work related learning, enterprise education, subject option choices and information surrounding RPA (raising of the participation age). Students in our Year 11 are supported in their applications to Sixth Forms at schools and colleges, as are our SEND students, working closely with our internal additional needs team and external providers.
It is important to equip our students with the necessary skills for them to career plan and know how and where to access impartial and unbiased information. Developing key enterprise and employability skills are important part of the Hurstmere school experience.
Our NEET (not in employment, education or training) figures remain very low. Our 2018 Year 11 leavers progressed successfully onto the pathways of their choice with 97% of the cohort meeting the RPA (raising of the participation age) Compliance, compared with a 94% England statistic.
The Careers programme is developed in consideration of the CDI (Career Development Institute) framework and the Gatsby Report's eight benchmarks. Three key areas are:
Self Development - through careers, employability and enterprise education
Careers Exploration - learning about careers and the world of work
Career Management - learning how to develop career management and employability skills (to include managing changes and transitions)
The guidance from the DfE places a duty on schools to secure access to unbiased and impartial careers guidance for their students.
In conjunction with our existing provision, Hurstmere School has secured the services of an external specialist guidance adviser to work with students during the academic year. Any student can also request an appointment with our independent adviserfrom the ‘Prospects’ service, Mr Clive Rayner.
The school shares student data with the external careers guidance practitioner so that impartial and individual advice can be offered, in an effort to meet the needs of each pupil . During the interview process the student is asked to provide consent to opt in to the sharing of their data to key members of staff and parents/carers. In addition, intended destination and confirmed GCSE attainment data is provided to Bexley Council, as per the DfE requirement, so they can also provide additional support to students, where necessary, once they leave school.
The school is also taking part in Prospects’ ‘London Ambition’ scheme. Further details are available from Mr Mackenzie Ingle, The school’s Careers Education Leader.
Parents/carers have an important role to play in supporting their child with their careers planning and we have provided some useful documents linked to this page and a dedicated parents/carers page.
We are pleased to advise that all of our Year 10 students undertake a two-week period of work experience in the final two weeks of the summer term. This is an invaluable opportunity, providing the chance to develop employability skills and sample the world of work. Potential careers and pathways are featured within school publications and at progress and options evenings. All students enjoy the opportunity to attend a careers fair at Blackfen School, a partner school in the Penhill Trust. Year 9 students in particular are targeted to this end.
Careers guidance is on-going throughout the academic year and is delivered through two modules of Learning for Life lessons in lower school, occasional collapsed timetable events and external visits and is enhanced by the school’s relationships with local businesses, colleges and Universities.