Careers Information

Careers at Chantry Middle

Welcome to the Careers page, full of all the wonderful opportunities our pupils receive at Chantry Middle School. We are aware that high quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in helping students emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.

This is delivered alongside a dynamic, personalised and innovative curriculum for all pupils, designed to meet all individual needs and to ensure all pupils are equipped with both the skills and knowledge required to be successful in school and in the future.

We seek to secure independent careers guidance for all pupils, so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. We would like to support every pupil to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We hope to inspire every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work which can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

Our careers programme provides access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, careers fairs, motivational speakers, colleges and university visits, coaches and mentors. We recognise that high quality mentoring can be an an important part of delivering against the duty as it develops the character and confidence needed to build a successful career.  

As our pupils progress through our Learning Trust, their subject choices may have an impact on what opportunities they can access such as college, university or apprenticeships. It is important to ensure that they think through all options before making any decisions.

“At Chantry Middle School we are committed to getting pupils to think about what they might want to do in the future. The experiences and opportunities we offer aim to allow pupils to access the wide breadth of choices that exist and we hope to inspire their future career choices.”


Careers programme at Chantry Middle School

The table below demonstrates the plethora of enrichment opportunities throughout the year and shows how we are addressing these against the Gatesby Career Guidance Benchmarks.

Whole School Enterprise Day British Science Day Women in Engineering Day Careers Day University Days Careers across the curriculum
A day supported by Northumberland Education Business Partnership and local Business Ambassadors Supported by STEM Ambassadors from a range of organisations A day for Key Stage 3  female students to work with female engineers to tackle gender stereotypes The chance for pupils to encounter face to face contact with different organisations Visits to and from Newcastle University and Sunderland University to educate pupils about the life beyond school

Authors, artists, sports ambassadors, STEM workshops, musicians, Code Club, Big Bang Fair, Girls Go Digital event,  Komatsu, Mini Police, RAF

Gatsby Benchmark 1, 5 1,2,4,7 1,4, 5, 6 1, 4, 5, 6 7,8 4,5,7
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8

What is the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’?

Gatsby welcomes the release of the new government careers strategy and its adoption of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks. Good career guidance is critical if all young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them. In 2013, Sir John Holman was commissioned to research what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and subsequently he developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for delivering technical education reforms and is a vehicle for social justice: those young people without social capital or home support suffer most from poor career guidance. Yet, despite its importance, career guidance in English schools has often been criticised for being inadequate and patchy.

After six international visits, analysis of good practice in English schools and a comprehensive review of current literature, John wrote the The Good Career Guidance Report which identifies a set of eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision. These benchmarks have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders.

Gatsby Benchmarks Key Indicators

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Advice for Parents/Carers

As a parent or carer, you have a leading role when your child is making decisions about their career. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and feel confident when they come to you for advice.

For our children in Year 5 & 6, we want them to develop an awareness of careers and what people in their community do. The welcome page outlines what we do. This prepares students and supports their transition for further careers investigation in Key Stage 3, where pupils will start to look at the world of work, moving on to look at how GCSE subject choices could affect career options. Young people today have more choices about what to do in the future than ever before but there are a number of factors that affect them. Youth unemployment, an increasingly competitive job market and fees for higher education all impact on a young person’s future, making it even more important for them to make the right choices for their education, training and employment.

How you can help?

As they make choices and plans for the future, young people need support from the people who know them best; their families. Talk to your son/daughter about careers they are interested in. Find out what they know already and encourage them to explore the online careers resources and speak to people you know in those fields. If your child needs any further help then please contact the school and we can also support them with their interests.

http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

Careers information and advice from the careers writer association.

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/how-help-child-navigate-career-paths

An article from the Guardian parents on how best to support their children in their career choices:Encourage individuality; Open your mind to alternatives;Encourage networking;Be prepared to let go!

http://www.labourmarketnortheast.co.uk/

The Portal provides, at a glance, access to local information about the population, employment, economy, industry movements, job vacancies, and the numbers of people claiming out of work benefits, enabling Advisors and Policy Makers to keep abreast of developments within the local labour market.

https://www.nelep.co.uk/

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is a public, private and education sector partnership. They produce the area’s Strategic Economic Plan, which is a blueprint for the activities that need to take place to improve our economy. It is worth looking at the areas of opportunity.

https://www.allaboutcareers.com/careers/industry/engineering

Engineering myths and links to a range of branches of engineering.

https://www.wes.org.uk/content/about-wes-who-we-are

The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, we support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders; we encourage the education of engineering; and we support companies with gender diversity and inclusion.

https://www.baesystems.com/en-uk/feature/celebrating-women-in-engineering

https://www.raeng.org.uk/education/this-is-engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering.

https://www.engineeringuk.com/

Promoting the vital role of engineers and engineering to society.

https://www.theiet.org/

The institution of engineering and technology.

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/how-help-child-navigate-career-paths

An article from the Guardian parents on how best to support their children in their career choices:Encourage individuality; Open your mind to alternatives;Encourage networking;Be prepared to let go.

https://www.careersadviceforparents.org/#

This site is particularly aimed at parents with various topics to explore including understanding the job market with specific links to labour market information.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/#

This site offers information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The job profiles are highly recommended!

https://www.bbc.com/education/topics/znpsgk7

A BBC resource with video links to career options, employability and further education.

http://www.careers4u.tv/

Check out hundreds of career video interviews for careers inspiration and information from young people who do the jobs. Wondering what career would work for you? Choosing A Levels or GCSEs? Planning work experience? Deciding what job,apprenticeship or education would be best? It’s easier to make these decisions if you know what the options are.

https://www.careersbox.co.uk/

Careersbox is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.

https://successatschool.org/

This site has Career Zones for you to find out all about the different jobs you can do, what to study and how to get there, whether you’re planning to leave school or heading to college or uni. We’ve packed each zone with helpful interviews, advice and links to set you on the right path to career superstardom.

https://icould.com/

icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people. We show what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

http://www.mybigcareer.org/

Our mission is to provide free one-to-one career guidance to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to break down barriers to social mobility. Our advice is delivered by professionally qualified advisers volunteering from within the independent sector. These individuals are motivated by their shared passion for making career and educational opportunities available to all – regardless of background, affluence or connections.

http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

Careers information and advice from the careers writer association.

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/how-help-child-navigate-career-paths

An article from the Guardian parents on how best to support their children in their career choices:Encourage individuality; Open your mind to alternatives;Encourage networking;Be prepared to let go!

http://www.labourmarketnortheast.co.uk/

The Portal provides, at a glance, access to local information about the population, employment, economy, industry movements, job vacancies, and the numbers of people claiming out of work benefits, enabling Advisors and Policy Makers to keep abreast of developments within the local labour market.

https://www.nelep.co.uk/

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is a public, private and education sector partnership. They produce the area’s Strategic Economic Plan, which is a blueprint for the activities that need to take place to improve our economy. It is worth looking at the areas of opportunity.

Provider Access Policy

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Student Entitlement

All pupils in Year 8 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 off site visits, enrichment days, the wider curriculum, workshops and dedicated careers days.

Management of provider access requests procedure

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr Craig Shaw, Associate Assistant Headteacher on 01670 512874 or by email, craig.shaw@chantry.the3rivers.net

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers as necessary.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the either the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and pupils, 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 their team. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature that may be used as a reference point later.