Statutory Context

The government’s Careers Strategy published in December 2017 sets out clear guidance to schools and colleges about Statutory Guidance for School Leaders and optional best practice.

Key Programme Documents

Brannel Careers Education Strategy 2020-23

Brannel Careers Learning-Journey

Brannel Annual Careers Plan 2020-2021 – Delivery will be flexible due to the need to accommodate national coronavirus restrictions this year.

Brannel cluster primaries – Aspirations Passport

Summary: Our Careers Programme at Brannel

The vision, aim and intent of our careers programme are summarised in our Careers Education Strategy 2020-23, which can be view and downloaded from the Key Programme Documents section above.

We  seek to ensure that the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical and vocational. We encourage the broader development of each student, enabling them to discover interests and talents. We prepare each student for future success in their next steps. We promote an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all students, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

A large number of events take place alongside work within lessons to enable our students to achieve the following yearly goals:

  • Year 7: finding out what is available regarding careers and associated advice and support.
  • Year 8: developing the skills necessary to make informed decisions regarding option subjects and beyond.
  • Year 9: developing transferable skills and resilience to enhance employability.
  • Year 10: making informed decisions about the future (beyond the age of 16).
  • Year 11: becoming more employable, resilient and ready for the world of work.

Our students participate in many careers events including:

  • Assemblies from employers in many workplace sectors.
  • Our on-site careers fair which is supported by a huge number of employers and education providers.
  • Careerpilot workshops.
  • Employability masterclasses.
  • ‘I love my job’ sessions with employees from many workplace sectors.
  • Apprenticeships workshops.
  • Trips to colleges and universities.
  • Writing letters of application and CVs.
  • Mock interviews with the Rotary Club.
  • Opportunities to interact with alumni in many subject areas.

Academic, vocational and technical routes are given equal importance, and every student has multiple opportunities to liaise with employers from a range of workplace sectors. Local FE, HE and apprenticeship providers work with our students on several occasions during the year. We encourage students to consider ALL routes without undue pressure being put upon specific routes, whilst still setting challenging targets for each student.

Programme Approach

Our careers programme is designed around the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

We use The Careers and Enterprise Company’s tools to audit our careers provision and to keep track of careers related activity. We evaluate our school against the Gatsby Benchmarks using Compass, an online self-evaluation tool. We record and manage our careers plan for the year using the Tracker tool, tracking our progress against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Provider Directory helps us find organisations to deliver high-quality careers programmes within our school.

Assessing Impact

A key measurable success indicator for our Careers Programme is student destinations. Each year we identify and analyse the destinations of our Year 11 students taking into account their prior attainment.  For Year 11 students, we record pathways including Level 2 courses, Level 2 apprenticeships, Level 3 courses, and Level 3 apprenticeships. Our goal is to track students for three years from the end of Year 11, identifying and reviewing where students leave or change courses/apprenticeships.

We are also very keen to get the views of students on the careers advice they receive during their time at Brannel. We ask all Year 11 students to complete an on-line survey to find out their views on individual elements of the careers programme and their overall assessment of the programme. In addition, our Enterprise Advisers and Governor Careers Champion will meet representative groups of students to find out more about what they like and dislike about the careers programme and ways they believe it can be improved.

We value the views of our parents on how well we have helped them to support their child make rational informed career decisions.This is done using an on-line survey and parents are invited to take part in an annual focus group meeting.

Business volunteers are also asked for their feedback on each individual careers events that they take part in, such as ‘I Love My Job’ talks, a speed networking session or mock interviews.