PARENTS & CARERS

The Frances Bardsley careers programme is in place to ensure all students have access to high quality careers education at all key stages.

By the end of KS3, students will have:

● A better understanding of the range of careers and opportunities at post 16 and post 18

● Better understanding of their strengths and areas for development

● Received appropriate advice and guidance for KS4 options

● Developed employability soft skills such as teamwork, communication, creativity and resilience through school curriculum and extra-curricular activities

● The opportunity to take on positions of responsibility in school, for example Form Captain or Sports Captain. Students will learn vital employability skills, such as teamwork, from these roles

By the end of KS4, students will have:

● Enhanced employability skills

● A personalised careers plan and action points

● Completed one week of work experience, in addition to at least one other work shadowing/workplace experience

● Been given direct contact and access to employers and education providers

● Been provided with various resources to help complete the post 16 application process, including interview preparation

● A positive post 16 destination first choice and back-up choice, with support to manage this transition

● Knowledge of different careers, Labour Market Information and skills shortages

● The opportunity to take on positions of responsibility within school, for example Year 10 Prefect or School Council representative. Students will learn vital employability skills, such as communication, from these roles

By the end of KS5, students will have:

● Enhanced employability skills

● Completed additional work experience/work shadowing

● Knowledge of the different post 18 options available

● Taken part in workshops and sessions to develop careers awareness, wellbeing and positive responses to change

● Been given direct contact and access to employers and education providers

● Been provided with various resources to help prepare for and complete the post 18 transition

● Knowledge of different careers, Labour Market Information and skills shortages

● A positive post 18 destination; be that University, an apprenticeship, job with training, gap year or volunteering 

● The opportunity to take on positions of responsibility within school, such as Head Girl or Head of House. Students will learn vital employability skills, such as leadership, from these roles

Students take part in a wide range of careers focused activities, such as work experience, careers fairs, 16+ day and 18+ week and more (See FBA careers programme).

How can you support your child?

Having conversations about careers, education, what is learnt in school and even talking about your own career pathway are all good ways of supporting your child. You can further support your child by encouraging them to access careers information online, by taking part in careers events in school, and attending events outside of school, such as the Havering RPA, and other open events for sixth form, colleges or apprenticeships.

It can seem like there is an overwhelming amount of choice and lots of different options. There are some very good sources of information for parents and carers online to help guide you through what is on offer:

https://successatschool.org/advice/162

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/parents/

https://www.ucas.com/further-education/post-16-finance-and-support/parents-and-carers

https://targetcareers.co.uk/parents-and-teachers

Opportunities:

Are you a parent/carer with good employer links? Do you run your own business or have an unusual job? If you would be interested in supporting the school in any way, either by providing a work experience placement, talking in assembly or even having a stall at our careers fair, please get in touch with Miss Woods (rwoods@fbaok.co.uk) to discuss the different opportunities in more detail.

Impact of the careers programme at FBA:

  • 100% of Year 11 students making positive post 16 transitions to sixth form, college, or apprenticeships
  • Sixth form students making positive post 18 transitions to a wide variety of Universities (including Russell Group), degree apprenticeships, gap years or straight into employment
  • High student attainment and students have high aspirations for themselves – Sixth Form Destinations

Former student Charlotte left FBA in 2017. She has since completed her degree in English at the Royal Holloway University, and plans to start her MPhil in English and Romantic Studies at the University of Cambridge. In the future, she is considering completing a PhD to go onto a career in academia, or alternatively is thinking about a career in the government and civil service. Whilst at FBA, she attended memorable trips, and competed at the finals of Music for Youth with the choir in Year 13. Her words of advice would be to always put yourself forward for something you want, even if you don’t think you have a chance, you only don’t have a chance if you don’t try!

Frances Bardsley students go onto a wide variety of careers, and all take completely different pathways – the careers department supports all students in achieving their dreams and aspirations 

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