At Chichester Free School we are committed to ensuring all students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help students consider their future options. To help us do this we link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the Statutory Guidance for Careers (January 2018, Careers guidance and access for education and training providers) The 8 benchmarks are outlined below:
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
Our full careers guidance statement can be found by following this link:
Key components to this include the Year 10 work experience week, our visiting speaker programme, Year 9 take your child to work day, and university visits.
Year 7 - 11
In addition to the in-school guidance from tutors and PSHE teachers the school has signed up to the fast tomato online careers package. Here students can create a log in and search thousands of careers and the qualifications needed for each one. Since 2003, Fast Tomato has been one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. It is accurate, relevant and easy to use.
To create a signup, students should click on the sign-up button (top right corner) then input the following codes depending on their year group:
Year 11 / Sixth Form Students:
In addition to the fast tomato programme we also have signed up to SACU this is more focused on which A level / Level 3 courses are required for entry to apprenticeships or degrees.
Students can create their own account and link to the school which gives them greater access to the tools on the website.
To browse University courses students are recommended to look carefully at UCAS and search for courses they may be interested in.
Amazing Apprenticeships is the approved communication channel, commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, to support the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for Schools project. This is a fantastic way to find out what Apprenticeships are on offer and how to apply.
…Finally which animal are you?
The icould website also has plenty of careers advice and a fun quiz to see what kind of personality you are! https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/
Teachers who have done the quiz:
Mr Apsey: Tawny Owl
Mrs Williams: Dolphin
Mrs New: Polar Bear
Miss Dolan: Falcon
Mrs Uffindell: Sea Horse
Mrs Le Roy: Falcon
Mr Day: Eagle
Mrs Crebbin: Polar Bear
Mrs Ede: Koala Bear