“Good career guidance helps inspire students towards further study and enables them to make informed decisions whenever choices are open to them. It helps them to understand enough about the world of work to know what skills and qualifications they need to succeed. It is critical for social mobility because it helps open students’ eyes to careers they may not have considered.” Sir John Holman, senior advisor to the Gatsby Foundation.
At St Martin’s we ensure all of our students have the opportunity to access a varied ‘Careers and Employability’ education. The careers provision is regularly reviewed to ensure we are meeting The Gatsby Benchmarks as laid out in the Government’s Careers strategy.
The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:
- A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
At Bromfords we run a diverse careers curriculum throughout the school, starting with all year groups signing up to START profile. START is an online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. With hundreds of partners, including Vodaphone, Microsoft and the NHS, it combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised student experience and tracking system for teachers as it can be accessed from home also supports parents in next-steps conversations with their children.
Students are encouraged to produce an individual portfolio including a CV, personal statement & achievements.
Careers education is delivered through form time programmes, assemblies, trips and visitors. We are supported in this by Basildon Council, Essex County Council’s Apprenticeship brokerage service, Aim Apprenticeships, Connexions, Make Happen, Career Ready and our enterprise partners Morgan Sindall. These partners are able to offer us opportunities that support our careers programme. In Years 10 and 11, students are encouraged to register with the National Careers service website and Barclays Lifeskills.com.
Further information for students and parents: