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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.

At St Thomas More, students have the opportunity to acquire the skills, qualities and knowledge required to pursue a pathway that is right for them.  Careers aspirational work and guidance starts in Year 7 and continues throughout the school years.

Our careers programme is built around the Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure that every young person receives high quality career guidance in order to make informed decisions about their future.

Benchmark Description

1.  A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
2.  Learning from career and labour market information Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.  They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3.  Addressing the needs of each pupil Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages.  Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil.  A school's careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4.  Linking curriculum learning to careers All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers.  For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5.  Encounters with employers and employees Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.  This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
6.  Experiences of workplaces Every pupil should have first-hand experiences' of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.
7.  Encounters with further and higher education All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them.  This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
8.  Personal guidance Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level.  These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.  They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Students experience multiple interactions with employers through careers talks; fairs, events, work experience, assemblies and in lessons across the wider curriculum.  We offer impartial advice and information at key transition points to ensure that students are aware of the post-16 and post-18 options available to them.

Staff

Donna Smith - Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Careers and IAG
dsmith@stm.beds.sch.uk

Helena Cooper - Personal Adviser
Helena meets with students every Thursday to have one-to-one discussions with students in Year 10,11,12 and 13 regarding their future pathways.