Careers and Post-16 Progression
At Tomlinscote, we recognise that young people are making career decisions about their futures in education, training and work in a challenging and complex environment. It is more important than ever that they receive high quality, impartial Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). At Tomlinscote, under the direction of Helene Livesey (SLT- nominated Careers Lead for the school), it is our relentless mission to ensure that all of our students are provided with this information, advice and guidance throughout their time with us, particularly at key transition points within their secondary school career. We are fortunate to be a part of the ‘Prospect Trust’ where we are also under the ‘Prospects Team’ which hold the nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard.
Our Careers education and work-related learning programme at Tomlinscote is aligned with the eight ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ for Good Careers Guidance and fully implements the DfE statutory guidance. We aim to give students the knowledge, understanding and skills to plan and manage their progression through all stages of learning and into working life. We support all students with their choices at each transition point at Tomlinscote and offer impartial information, advice and guidance about future options and pathways available to them.
Through both one to one and group guidance sessions we help students to focus on:
- Self-Development (helping students to understand themselves, recognise their potential and how they can shape their future)
- Career Exploration (helping students to investigate opportunities in learning and work and how to use information effectively)
- Career Management (helping students to plan, make decisions and develop a broad range of skills enabling them to manage their own careers and prepare themselves for employment and lifelong learning)
All of our students are given one to one Careers Guidance Interviews with a level 6, fully qualified and independent careers advisor during Key Stage 4. We also work with students via the PSE curriculum and Tutorial initiatives, both of which are core to every Programme of Study, in order to help them develop and evidence vital employability skills and appreciate that choices made now will have far reaching impact.
We have an excellent Careers and work-related learning resource area in our Learning Centre and we recommend a range of Careers websites for students to access. These resources provide students with up to date information about the variety of different Career pathways (technical, vocational and academic) beyond Tomlinscote, such as apprenticeships, college, university and employment with ongoing training.
Tomlinscote has a strong track record of commitment and investment in Careers education and work-related learning. We have excellent relationships with the Careers and Enterprise Company as well as a range of local employers, all of whom provide real world connections and support to our students throughout Years 7-11. Tomlinscote runs a comprehensive programme of specific activities designed to inspire, inform and engage our students. Please see our plan below for details of these activities in each year group.
We keep both parents and students informed about careers and progression events and opportunities in a variety of ways, including a weekly Principal’s newsletter, a wide range of progression events and information evenings and enrichments days and events throughout each year group. The work we do with our students throughout Years 7-11 ensures they are prepared for their next steps after school - click the links below to see a detailed plan of how we support students throughout Year 7-11. In addition, you will also find details of our policies and access statements below.
For further information about any careers related matter please contact:
Dr Nikky Hammond, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01276 709050