Careers Education

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

This is a broad umbrella heading for all that we seek to share with students from Year 7 all the way through to Year 11. When we use the term ‘Careers’, you can consider anything which happens Post-16 to be included. The term ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ describes the framework we follow to ensure all our students receive a full range of experiences, from a wide selection

We expose students to the world of work, understand local labour markets, research further and higher education routes and venues (with our help) and recognise the links between what happens in the classroom with how that relates to the next stage of their academic career, or beyond. We have an on-going careers programme, and the basic framework (based on the Gatsby Benchmarks) looks like this:

Cranbourne’s Career Framework

We are keen to work with anyone able to share their workplace experience with our students. As Careers Leader, I am very interested to hear from anyone who is able to come and visit our students. We are happy to arrange visits for a whole year group, to a small informal group, which can often be extremely valuable for asking plenty of questions!

We are also very happy to work with anyone who can bring specific experience of apprenticeships (including current apprentices) to share what this looks like and how it works, for our students to understand about what choices might be open to them when it’s their turn to make some decisions about Year 12 onwards.

My aim is to attend as many parent events (e.g. parents’ evenings) as I can, to give you an opportunity to ask any questions about our careers programme, and what that means to your child. You do not need an appointment; you can just visit at any point during those events.

Helen Ward
Careers Leader

I urge you to encourage your child to be curious and read about the wider world of employment and apprenticeships – of course you can join them and learn together. Here are a number of resources that I recommend, with the obvious proviso that these sites are not part of our school content.

Amazing Apprenticeships is the website which is my recommended starting point for all things apprenticeship related. It has links to all the kinds of apprenticeship standards that are available. Depending on your age, you may be forgiven for thinking that apprenticeships are very much about traditional trades (mechanic, electrician, carpenter, etc.). While these are all very much still thriving, there are an incredibly vast range of industries offering work based training in the form of an apprenticeship.

It’s never too early to begin to familiarise yourself with the offer at both of our local Basingstoke Colleges. Visit Queen Mary’s College and Basingstoke College of Technology to learn about what they offer. Copies of their current prospectus will be available in the school library too. Keep an eye on their diary dates, as they offer a number of opportunities to visit and have a look around to get a feel for what college life will be like.

A great starting point for finding out what you might be suited as you grow up is The Buzz Quiz, which is part of a website called iCould. (I recommend parents take the Buzz Quiz too – just to see if you agree with the results. Perhaps the results might prompt you to have a rethink about work!)

Career Pilot is another really comprehensive website that offers great information for students of all year groups. It is very easy to navigate with all kinds of inspiration for students who just don’t know where to begin!

If you need more information about our approach to Careers Education at Cranbourne, then do please review our policy here.