careers education, Information and Guidance
Fortismere School uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Careers Education programme. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges.
For more information relating to the framework, visit https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/schools-colleges/gatsby-benchmarks.
As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we provide several opportunities throughout the student journey that allow them to explore different career paths. We have developed a structured programme, which includes a wide variety of activities that is focused on providing high quality information and career guidance. This will allow the students to make the best possible decision for their future career paths.
Fortismere School proactively seeks to build relationships with partners as we plan our Careers Education activities. Providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.
In accordance with statutory guidance, Fortismere School aims to offer independent careers advice and guidance to all students , so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. All year 11 students are offered a one to one careers interview with the School Careers Adviser to help them make post 16 option choices including schools, colleges, and apprenticeships. All year 9 students will be offered the offered interviews as part of small group sessions to help them make informed choices about GCSE options in years 10 and 11. The careers adviser is available to see students across all year groups either by self-referral or by referral through form tutor or head of year. Students with EHCPs will see the careers adviser together with their key worker prior to their annual review. The careers adviser will also attend the annual review to provide feedback on next steps and careers.
There are a whole range of websites available to help students make decisions about future plans, whether they are looking at apprenticeships, alternatives to university, or graduate employment routes. Here are a few you may wish to check:
Useful Apprenticeships websites:
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