Ladygrove Primary School

Careers Programme Information

Ladygrove Primary School recognises the important role that is played by primary schools in enabling children to have high aspirations about their future through independent and impartial careers advice. As a school we endeavour to provide children with a range of meaningful experiences, visits and visitors to that teach them about the work of work and provide information about future careers.
 
Our Careers Leader in school is Emily Guess and she plans and coordinates our school based careers programme. She can be contacted via the school office or via her e-mail address which is emily.guess2@taw.org.ukand and she will be happy to explain any of the information explained in the policy further. Our link governor for careers is Sarah Williams.
The aims of our approach to careers are:
  • To provide a structure for careers education at Ladygrove.
  • To ensure that children experience meaningful interaction with the world of work annually.
  • To ensure that by the time that children transfer to secondary education they have knowledge of a range of careers.
  • To ensure that when children transfer to secondary school they are ready for the next stage in their education, being equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, thus preparing them for the world of work which lies ahead.
Our careers offer has been developed and takes into account the Gatsby Foundation research and guidance benchmarks issued from the Department of Education on Careers.
 
These benchmarks are:
Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme
Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces
Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance
 
The way we have organised our approach to careers is to teach it in focussed careers blocks throughout the spring and summer terms. We have done this so that when we teach the units of work that the children are mature enough to understand the content and so that it fits in with natural transition points within the school year.
 
During the spring term we annually hold a careers week, when visitors are invited into school to talk to the children about the professions and job roles. We try to ensure that children are given a wide range of experiences but these include; police officers, fire officers, medical professionals, vets, sports coaches, dancers/ gymnasts, politicians, builders, members of the armed services and workers from the hospitality and entertainment industries. Members of our wider school community who support us with the delivery of this. A variety of visitors are arranged for classes and assemblies are held on the theme of work. Pupils also carry out age appropriate tasks about wishes for their future careers during PSHE lessons. This is built on in upper Key Stage 2 during the second half of the summer term. We hold an ‘Enterprise Week’ during which the children are given a budget and a project to complete.
 
Below you will find a document which outlines our long-term planning to careers.
We review our careers approach bi-annually in line with our long-term planning review and rolling programme. The next review of our careers programme will be in November 2020.