Careers, Employability and Enterprise Programme
As a student at Great Baddow High School, our aim is to fully prepare you for your choices at 14, 16 and 18 and for working life beyond further and/or higher education. This includes raising aspirations and self- esteem through a planned PD/Careers Education programme, and contact with employers, universities, colleges, training providers and other organisations. A range of activities across the school and curriculum areas are also offered to students from year 7 -13. Some activities include:
- Activities and competitions in STEM subjects for year 7 and 8, including the Rocket Car Challenge and Inter-House Bridge Building.
- Annual Careers Fair for years 9 – 13
- Mock Interview Day in year 10
- Work Experience in year 12
- Access to careers software and websites including Job Explorer Database (JED) - See Careers Page on school portal.
Parents and students can find out more about career pathways, labour market information and future study options on the school portal, Careers page.
Independent Careers Guidance
All students have access to impartial careers guidance from an independent Careers Adviser from Directions IAG Ltd., a matrix accredited, careers organisation. Deborah Anderson is our Careers Adviser and is in school most Wednesdays and Fridays to offer independent advice and guidance to students and parents, to give support with making informed decisions about your future.
Provider Access Procedure
For Careers and Provider Access Policy see Information/Policies and Procedures.
Opportunities for Access
A number of events, including a careers fair, mock interview day and sixth sense lectures (sixth from), integrated into the school careers programme, offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents:
Premises and facilities
The school will make the hall, classroom or private meeting room available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of the careers team.
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with the Careers Adviser/Careers Leader, to be displayed in the Careers Area in The Cube. Students can pick up information from these areas at lunch and break times.
Quality in Careers Standard and RoQA (Recognition of Quality Award) for Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance
Great Baddow High School is proud to have achieved the Recognition of Quality Award (RoQA), for the excellent provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. The award is validated by Careers England’s Quality in Careers Standard.
The Quality in Careers Standard supports excellence in various aspects of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Work Related Learning (WRL) and acknowledges high standards in these key aspects of the school curriculum. These awards are recognised by Ofsted as a good indication of excellent provision of CEIAG and WRL.
The September Guarantee
All young people should have a suitable offer of education or training in a school, college or work-based training for the September after they complete their GCSE year/year 11. You may hear this called the September Guarantee.
What does the Guarantee offer?
The September Guarantee is an offer of a place, appropriate to the student’s needs in one of the following: • A school sixth form • A college of further education • An apprenticeship • Employment with training to at least level 2
Ensuring that every young person has an offer of a place to progress onto is particularly important as it helps young people make a seamless transition into post-16 learning or employment with training.
The September Guarantee is therefore supported by good quality information, advice and guidance.
This can come from a number of sources including:
- Careers Adviser
- Parents and family friends
- On-line and printed information about careers, courses, progression routes and employment routes.
(See Careers page on the school portal for useful website links).