We at Kingsmead are committed to providing a highly effective and motivating careers programme, in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks outlined in the Government’s 2017 Careers Strategy, that prepares all of our students to be able to access a university course or professional career.
These benchmarks are:
Senior Deputy Head
Jilisha Adriana Mckenzie-Ward
Aim Higher Mentor / UCAS Coordinator
Kingsmead’s curriculum prepares every student to access a university course or a professional career. Our definition of ‘professional’ encompasses all careers requiring a serious, professional attitude supported by commitment to achieving academic or specialist qualifications. During their time at Kingsmead, students are presented with a series of opportunities and challenges intended to broaden their outlook.
Academic and personal development:
The curriculum prepares students for adult life and equips them to access the opportunities it offers. As well as building knowledge and skills, the Kingsmead careers curriculum, through its design and implementation, intentionally develops the personal values of courage, collaboration, nurture, and rigour, which we believe to be the cornerstones of a successful professional career.
Students’ experiences are tailored to meet the needs of broad career pathways. A mix of tutorial activities, workshops, themed days, presentations, university and workplace visits, work experience and careers fairs alongside the personalised mentoring programme ensures that all students are focused on career pathways from the start of their time here.
A holistic approach is adopted comprising strands which run throughout students’ experience and events tailored to particular years. The academic mentoring programme is based on the ‘GROW’ model and as they move through the school, students build a ‘passport to success’ document whilst career-focused activities form part of the tutorial programme for all years. Careers fairs are organised for year 8 and year 12 in drop down days. Year 10 students have general one-week work experience placements and students complete more precisely career-linked two-week placements at the end of year 12. Career-related societies with 6th form leaders are open to all students and online resources including LMI and Unifrog support students’ independent research into employment and further education.
In order to measure the efficacy of our careers programme, we analyse:
Student destination dataFeedback from student and teacher evaluations, parents, university partners, and our career service linksEngagement with former students through alumni events, including our High Achievers Evening.
National Careers Service:
A government resource providing information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. This includes job profiles, course finder, interview and CV guidance, and information on how to contact the service
UCAS Further Education:
The website for ‘The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service’, providing up-to-date information on careers, apprenticeships, university courses and finance.
Russell Group Informed Choices
A guide, created by the Russell Group, providing relevant information about the variety of pre and post 16 qualifications, subject choices, and university courses.
Complete University Guide
An independent guide to universities and courses, providing league tables and information on open days, finance, fees and university life.
Information and guidance on funding and finance for students, covering tuition fees, maintenance loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships.
Careers programme to be reviewed July 2019