The Careers Education Programme at Luckley House provides our pupils with the opportunity to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational. It promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes.
The programme begins in Year 7 and follows the Gatsby Benchmarks to support the changing landscape for career guidance. “The eight Gatsby Benchmarks define an ambitious framework for career guidance that works for schools, employers and, most importantly, young people and their families”. Sir John Holman, April 2018.
The Benchmarks provide a clear framework to help us develop our careers provision across the whole school. Throughout their time at Luckley, pupils will access a range of opportunities that will enable them to engage with employers and education providers to ensure they leave with the skills and confidence to build successful future careers. We work closely with Unifrog to develop our provision and the Unifrog resources are also available to parents.
|Mrs J Rumble
Head of Careers
|Mr I Vallance
Deputy Head (Academic)
|Mr R Battrick
Head of Sixth Form
|Miss S Francis
(Alumni Mentoring Scheme)
THE EIGHT GATSBY BENCHMARKS OF GOOD CAREER GUIDANCE
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
CAREERS SUPPORT AT LUCKLEY HOUSE
Careers in the curriculum
Through timetabled Life Skills lessons, we will deliver career and work-related sessions to pupils from Year 7-13, giving the opportunity to learn more about employability rights and responsibilities, financial choices, pathways and career planning. External speakers will be invited to join, where appropriate, to share their experiences and expertise in their particular field.
Individual careers guidance is available for Year 12 students during the spring term.
Work Experience and Interview Skills
Every Year 10 and 12 student should complete a week of work experience in the summer term. Students are expected to source their own placements which should be related to individual lines of study and future aspirations, however key support is available through our Unifrog programme. Work experience is highly valued by employers and universities.
Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a variety of events and off-site visits, including careers fairs, which include university and apprenticeship presentations and workshops.
If you can offer any support to our Careers Programme we would love to hear from you.
For careers provision enquiries, e.g. careers advice, workshops, work experience, interview practice etc, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For alumni careers support, please email email@example.com
Careers education will also be provided within the Life Skills programme across the year. Specific lessons for each year are detailed below.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11||Year 12||Year 13|
|Introduction to the careers platform.||Success: the subjectivity of success and what this means to each student.||Activities and competencies: How these make us good employees.||Personality profile and working towards our strengths.||Post 16 choices. Introduction to apprenticeships. A Level choices. University – the big debate.||Post 18 choices. Year plan and goal setting.||Applications. Assessment centres.|
|Skills: Students to identify their soft and transferable skills.||Careers Terminology – preparing for interactions with employers.||Great leaders: What makes a good leader and what can we learn?||Researching placements.||Interview preparation. Numeracy and budgeting.||Work experience and reflecting on your interests.||Finalising Personal Statements.|
|Personal interests and how these link to career opportunities.||Interview preparation.||Talking about Yourself: skills, interactions and competencies.||How to contact employers.||Coping with changes.||Year plan and becoming a scholar.||Basics of interviews.|
|Recording career activities and interactions.||Activities & Competencies bingo.||Subjects and where these may lead us.||Curriculum Vitae and cover letters.||Rights and responsibilities in the workplace.||Apprenticeships – best fit.|
|Dream job – career treasure hunt in response to careers curriculum for Year 7.||GCSE choices: Appropriate subjects and careers.||Identifying interest that make us unique.||What makes a great team player?||University application process.|
|Your skills, your team, your future – a group activity to build competencies and teamwork.||Escape room – using your skills and competencies.||Work experience – researching possible placements.|
|Wellbeing: being kind to yourself.||Discovering MOOCS.|
|Acing your personal statements. Personal statement puzzle.|
Berkshire Opportunities – The gateway to explore jobs, apprenticeships and courses in Berkshire.
Careersmart – an independent and impartial careers website established by Prospect union for professionals. It aims for individuals to be informed and confident in their career choices and decisions.
Medicine and Allied Subjects (UCAS Explore)
Studee – The ultimate guide to studying abroad as a UK student
Unifrog – Students can compare every university course, every apprenticeship, and Further Education courses.
Optional Trip for Years 10-13 – Skills London ExCel 26 November 2022
National Apprenticeships Week – 6-12 February 2023
National Careers Week – 6-11 March 2023. Lunchtime bookable events with a range of guest speakers currently being planned.
Pre U Week for Sixth Form – includes input from universities and the world of work, with a significant contribution from our alumni body.