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The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define best provision in secondary schools. At The Fernwood School, we are committed to providing access to high quality careers provision for our students.
We have an annual programme of education and events to support all of our students and is known and understood by all of our community. The details of this are available in the link above and we also provide ‘one off’ activities when opportunities arise.
We ensure that pupils have up to date information about careers and the labour market so they can make informed choices about their futures. This is communicated through Personal Development lessons and assemblies.
Pupils receive a range of educational experiences and opportunities throughout their time at The Fernwood School. This grows as they develop through the school and work is tailored for their individual needs. We are committed to ensuring that every single pupil will have had input that enables them to make informed choices for their futures.
All subjects link the learning in their lessons to careers and future jobs. There are many displays around school and one of the highlights of the school year is ‘Working Life Week’ in which all pupils in years 7-10 will have lessons and assemblies aimed at learning about careers in the various subject areas.
Pupils have many opportunities to learn from employers and employees about the world of work. This includes work experience, visits to a range of businesses, Design Day for Year 9 and visiting speakers to assemblies.
Pupils will all have the opportunity to have the experience of a workplace during their time at The Fernwood School. All Year 10 pupils have the chance to go on a week’s work experience and there are a range of trips that students can take part in. This includes activities like a visit to Experian to celebrate International Women’s Day, exploring the world of working in technology for our female pupils.
Our pupils have many opportunities to have encounters with further and higher education. We hold a very successful annual careers convention which is well attended by our pupils. We have built strong relationships with colleges and universities and pupils have the chance to hear from them during assemblies and to visit them. For example, the PE department run a trip to Loughborough University to look at the provision there.
Pupils receive personal guidance from a range of sources including Futures, Personal Development teachers and tutors. We are working towards ensuring that all pupils have had an interview with a professional and impartial careers advisor by the end of Year 11.