Careers

Work Related Learning and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers Education and Guidance is an important aspect of students learning experience at Bright Sparks Learning Centre. Our careers programme enables our pupils to make informed decisions about their education and their future professional life in the world of work.

Careers education and guidance at Bright Sparks Learning Centre, is delivered through PSHE lessons, assemblies and additional activities with partner agencies, local colleges and employers. The careers programme in the centre supports the curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4.

Our careers programme aims to allow all pupils to:

  • have access to a planned and relevant programme
  • receive informed and independent carers advice and guidance
  • access information about further and higher education, training, apprenticeships and employment routes
  • know the opportunities available to them
  • learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace

The government has introduced the following mandatory guidance for schools which are called the Gatsby benchmarks:

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Advice

1. A structured career 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

Key Stage 3

Careers provision in Key Stage 3 is delivered through PSHE lessons in collaboration with external agencies and partners. Pupils will begin to develop a deeper understanding of their individual skills, strengths and interests. Pupils in Year 9 will be given the opportunity to attend a meeting with a qualified, independent and impartial careers advisor.

Key Stage 4

Support will be provided for Key Stage 4 pupils choosing their next steps through our careers education programme delivered within our PSHE lessons. Pupils will be given the opportunity to produce a curriculum vitae, write a formal application letter, practise interviews and devise a career plan.

The centre will develop links with external agencies, employers and college and will be given the opportunity to speak to representatives from various sectors of the world of work.

Pupils will also be opportunity to speak with a qualified, independent and impartial careers advisor.

External Agencies and Partners

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is delivered in collaboration with external agencies and partners such as The Coventry and Warwickshire (CW) Careers Hub Team. The centre is developing links with local Colleges with the intention of delivering programmes during Key Stage 4 to support young people with decision making and transition.

Destinations of Leavers

The centre will support the Local Authority by tracking pupils for three years after they leave the centre. Generally, this will be done by contacting the pupils new post 16 provider; however, in some cases a member of school staff may contact parents to discuss. Please contact the Careers Leader should you require any advice, guidance or support.

Key Contacts

The careers leader at Bright Sparks Learning Centre, is Miss Judith Little.
Contact details:
Email: office@brightsparkslearningcentre.org
Phone: 01827 872 377 or 07494 973915