It is part of the vision that all Eastbrook School students achieve their best and our careers programme plays a key role. Students’ success in school and university, in work and life beyond depends on careers education, information, advice and guidance to enable them to choose education and career pathways that are right for them.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks are a nationally recognised framework of 8 guidelines which outline what makes the best careers provision in schools of Good Career Guidance:
1. 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
We use the Gatsby benchmarks when designing and evaluating our careers programme.
All pupils in Years 7-11 have access to The Unifrog platform, designed to support pupils in making the most informed decisions about their futures. This has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each pupil has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations.
Key features of the platform include:
Exploring Pathways – personality quizzes, career and subject profiles, MOOCs and webinars
Explore what subjects you would be interested in studying and how these choices can lead to different career paths and higher education.
Recording – self-reflection about extracurricular activities and key employability skills
Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies/courses/placements for apprenticeships, universities (in the UK and abroad), FE, virtual work experience and much more
Applications – tools to help pupils build applications for a range of pathways (e.g., CVs, Personal Statements, Common App Essays)
Pupils access the platform by clicking a link in their welcome email, where they create a password and can begin using the platform. They login to Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Click the link to find out more information about the job students voted to investigate this week – Salary, Skills, Background and Job Market
Labour Market Information
When considering future career options it’s important to have a good understanding of the employment prospects within that industry, ie. is it a growing or declining sector?
Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.
UCAS – Further Education – Sixth form, college and apprenticeships
Find an Apprenticeship – Government website for apprenticeships in England
Informed Choices (Russell Group) – Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.
National Careers Website Speak to an adviser by calling 0800 100 900