The Gatsby Benchmarks

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information is vital in providing young people and their parents with information about career routes and salaries.

It helps young people explore key aspects about a particular area, including:

  • The sectors, industries and businesses that operate there
  • The jobs that exist
  • The number and type of job vacancies
  • The sectors and industries that are predicted to grow in the coming years.
  • Travel to work patterns
  • The kinds of skills that are/will be needed by industries and businesses.
  • Pay and progression patterns

Young people thinking about future careers want to understand:

  • The competition they will face – ‘How easy is it to get into?’
  • Entry and progression routes – ‘How do I get into it?’
  • The rewards available – ‘What’s the pay like?
  • The availability of jobs in their ‘travel to work area’ – ‘Can I travel to this work easily?’
  • Recruitment and selection and the prospects of securing employment in a particular job – ‘Could I get into this type of work?’
  • The value of particular qualifications, experience or training – ‘Do employers accept this qualification?’

Information for Parents and Teachers

The Helping Your Child Begin Their Career Journey guide is a very useful source of information to support parents with their child’s future career plans.

Career Resources for Students and Parents

The resources below can help students and their parents to start thinking about careers and ‘next steps’.

They cover topics such as choosing a career and different routes into the world of work, as well as providing detailed information on specific careers.

They can also help students to make decisions about the next steps in their education, from Year 7 through to choosing degree subjects in Year 13, whether or not they’ve decided on a career.

Year 7 and Year 8
Discover the world of work and what it is like to work in different jobs by watching short video clips and interviews.

Year 9
Explore career ideas using Fast Tomato, a highly regarded, accredited site that helps students and parents to explore career ideas. After completing a short interests-based questionnaire, Fast Tomato is able to produce an immediate report showing aspirational, career and subject suggestions matched to the individual.

There are over 600 career descriptions including videos, case studies and useful links. In addition, there is information on entry requirements, routes to careers and salaries.
As students approach Options time, it is worthwhile to attempt the Fast Tomato questionnaire again and see how your child’s aspirations have changed.

The video below talks about what you need to consider when choosing Options.

Choosing Your Options Wisely
icould is focused on helping students choose options with advice, videos and information on subjects, careers, employers and much more.

A Levels
Research on how to select subjects that leave doors open to careers or degree subjects you might want to pursue – even if you’re not yet sure what you want to do in the future. We have lots of career resources, including university prospectuses, career guides, apprenticeship information.

Icanbea has a great Career Wizard tool that can help to match subjects your child enjoys with their personal strengths and suggests career ideas that can then be investigated further.

Other useful websites for helping students choose their A Level subjects are Target Careers and Informed Choices.

Connecting Students and Employers

Businesses have a vital role to play in partnering with schools and colleges to raise ambition and improve performance.

By providing young people with work experience and becoming involved with careers guidance, employers can spell out the value of the skills and knowledge developed at school and open students’ eyes to career opportunities.

Research studies suggest that young people particularly value information on jobs and careers when obtained in a real workplace and through contacts with working people.

There are a number of ways in which you can help our students:

Site visit – let our students visit your organisation and see how it works.

Work experience – introduce students in Year 12 (16/17 years old) to working life within your organisation.

Assembly and classroom visits – join a class at the start of a lesson and chat to the student about how the subject relates to the working world.

Provide apprenticeships – could you provide an apprenticeship scheme to those students wishing to venture into the working world through this route?

We also work closely with our designated local Enterprise Coordinator from the Careers and Enterprise Company, to ensure that our careers curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive and meets the needs of every child in our care.

The Careers and Enterprise Company would like to engage more with parents too so, if you are interested in accessing information about career pathways, apprenticeships and employers in the Hampshire and Surrey area, please visit their Parents Facebook page to join their facebook group, where new information well be regularly added and can be found by searching posts/topics.

For further information, or if you are business that would like to engage with us in delivering our Careers, Education and Guidance programme, please contact Mr Richard Czepukojc by email r.czepukojc@sjb.surrey.sch.uk

Apprenticeships

There are many options available to young people after they leave school. Apprenticeships are one such key route into a successful career.

What’s an apprenticeship? It is a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 70 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be confirmed throughout the year.

  • Earning a salary and paid holiday;
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace;
  • Increased future earning potential;
  • Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings over their lifetime.

For further information, please read:

Careers Programme

We are committed to providing a well-structured Careers Education and Guidance Programme for all students in Year 7 to 13. We strive to ensure students experience a full, varied and interesting careers journey, having the opportunity to explore their own interests, skills, and passions; understanding the wealth of jobs and education available to them once they leave school.

Our programme is guided by the Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers (link to Gov doc) and the eight Gatsby Benchmarks identifying the elements of good practice in career guidance.

The programme builds progressively and aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge they require to be able to make an informed choice about their future options. Our careers provision offers tailored support for all our students, meaning that every student, including SEND students’ individual needs are met.
Click on the Key Stage Links to discover how our Careers Programme is implemented across our year groups.

Key Stage 3 Careers Information

Key Stage 4 Careers Information

Key Stage 5 Careers Information

Careers Policy

Please find below our Careers Policy which includes the Provider Access Policy.

Our Careers Student Entitlement Statements are also available to read.

Careers Policy

Careers Student Entitlement Statements 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review
Next Careers Programme Review Date – October 2023.

The governing body, in conjunction with the headteacher and Careers Lead, review these policies on an annual basis, taking into account the success of supporting students in accessing post-16 education and training.

We also work closely with our designated local Enterprise Coordinator from the Careers and Enterprise Company, to ensure that our careers curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive and meets the needs of every child in our care.

The effectiveness of this policy will be measured in several ways:

  • Feedback from stakeholders including students and parents, through mechanisms such as parent survey;
  • Feedback from external visitors to the school such as the School Improvement Partner (SIP) or Ofsted;
  • The number of students who are NEET in October having left the school in the previous summer. This figure can be compared to national figures as well as against the equivalent figure from similar schools both nationally and within Surrey.

Next Careers Programme Review Date – October 2023.

Careers Guidance

Reading

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance as a child’s reading skills are important to their success in school; their literacy level impacts on their success in all other subject areas. Children with good literacy skills do well in other subjects as they are able to comprehend more easily and to express their ideas and knowledge, both verbally and in writing more fluently.

As children develop their reading skills they also develop their reading comprehension, that is, their ability to understand a written passage of text. It is the bridge between being a passive reader who takes nothing from what they have just read and an active reader who engages with what they are reading and who reads with an open and questioning mind.

This is the crucial link to effective reading that is essential for a positive academic, professional and personal life.

At SJB we encourage students to read for at least 20 minutes every day. The SJB Book Club for KS3 students encourages students to read a wide range of texts for pleasure. Below you can find links to our recommended reading lists.

Year 7 Mastery Reading ListYear 8 Mastery Reading List

If none of the books on our reading lists catch your eye, then you may like to try the Bookfinder. This tool allows you to search by reading age and theme to get a selection of bespoke recommendations just for you.