Careers education and guidance at Somervale School enables all students to have high aspirations through supported and informed decision-making about their futures. A clear guidance programme is of vital importance in ensuring that students are successful, make positive contributions to society and feel fulfilled in their working lives.
The Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 7 - 13 to discuss all career routes that are available to them. DfE Guidance states “Schools and colleges have a responsibility to set students on the path that will secure the best outcome which will enable them to progress in education and work and give employers the highly skilled people they need. That means schools and colleges must act impartially, in line with their statutory duty or contractual requirement, and not show bias towards any route, be that academic or technical. They should promote a full range of technical options.” To demonstrate this good practice, Somervale School ensures that all students are provided with meaningful encounters and experiences in order to offer each of them a unique pathway towards their chosen career.
Somervale School has a comprehensive and inclusive careers programme, giving opportunities for all students to encounter a variety of experiences.
This is delivered through:
Somervale School has consistently met all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks since the introduction of these standards in 2017. In a recent COMPASS evaluation, we continue to make progress on all of the benchmarks with a view to embedding the already good practice we have within our careers curriculum.
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At Somervale School we assess the impact of the careers programme through student voice questionnaires, teacher voice questionnaires, parental feedback and progress data at the end of Key Stage Four. Evaluation is an indicator as to how we can make improvements to our programme, ensuring students are provided with the most appropriate support.
Destinations for students post Year 11 are monitored, collated and updated regularly. These are then monitored again the September following leaving Year 11 as part of the required September Guarantee. NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures are consistently extremely low (2020: 6%) and below the national average (National data for 2020: 11.5%).
Post-16, students attend one of the following:
At the end of the summer term, all Year 10 students were provided with an intensive Careers Week. All students participated in activities that focus on careers information and considering their choices. These included:
Students will also revisit their Mock Interviews in Year 11 to further enhance their experience
Ros Windsor is the Independent Careers Adviser for Somervale, Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form. All students are provided with at least two opportunities to have meetings to discuss their potential Post 16 choices.
Ros is available in Somervale School on Wednesdays and Norton Hill School on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If anyone, pupil, parent, teacher has any questions, please contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07980872120
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