Please find below a summary of our Careers Policy (October 2023) which includes the latest Provider Access Policy regarding mandatory encounters (from January 2023):
Provider Access Legislation – Careers Provider Access Policy Statement (PAL) (May 2023)
All SJB students in years 8 to 13 are entitled:
- to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
- to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
For our students, these encounters are mandatory and there will be a minimum of two encounters for pupils during the ‘first key phase’ (year 8 to 9) and two encounters for pupils during the ‘second key phase’ (year 10 to 11).
For pupils in the ‘third key phase’ (year 12 to 13), particularly those that have not yet decided on their next steps, there are two more provider encounters available during this period, which are optional for pupils to attend
For further information, please read our Careers Student Entitlement Statements (October 2023).
Monitoring, Evaluation and Review
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 – 1st November 2024.