The aim of this document is to provide information about the school’s careers programme in accordance with section 42A of the Education Act 1997. The information provided was accurate as at 1st September 2020 and is relevant for the 2020-21 academic year. The information in this document will be reviewed on an annual basis and will next be updated Autumn 2022.
We want all of our young people to become everything they can be and are meant to be.
Provide all pupils with effective careers information, education, advice and guidance. Encourage pupils to make good choices and understand what they need to do to succeed in the careers in which they aspire.
Our careers programme is embedded throughout our curriculum from Year 7 to 13 as well as a purposely designed CEIAGS pastoral curriculum delivered in form times. All students receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities to understand where different education and training choices could take them and to enable them to succeed in their future.
CEIAG is an abbreviation for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. At The Blue Coat School we aim to provide careers education experiences that inform, inspire and motivate young people, thus preparing our students for their life after their journey with us.
The Blue Coat School is committed to providing a planned careers programme for all students that incorporates Wellbeing lessons, pastoral curriculum, careers activities/events and subject specific careers learning experiences.
The careers programme is monitored and evaluated termly in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, to ensure it is meeting the statutory requirements for careers education and guidance. Please see our ‘Quality Assurance and Statutory Guidance’ page for further information.
Here at the Blue Coat School we have a team of staff who work together to deliver high quality and impartial careers education. They are:
In response to the Government’s Career Strategy and The DfE Statutory Guidance we have been working with the Careers and Enterprise Company COMPASS tool to evaluate our progress towards achieving the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance. These are:
Please see our curriculum page for information about where, when and how we are meeting these benchmarks of good careers guidance.
For further information please visit:
It is information relating to career occupations and industries, such as job numbers and salaries. It can also include a range of more specific details, such as educational levels for occupations, workforce demographics and employment patterns locally and/or nationally.
High quality, reliable and robust labour market information is vital to offering effective career guidance as it helps:
It is useful to find the answers to questions such as:
For any enquiries regarding careers education, information, advice or guidance, please contact our Careers Leader Mr Kelly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
https://gmacs.co.uk/ – careers exploration through Greater Manchester’s Apprenticeship and Careers Service
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – this is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice
https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships – the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. Also advertises current vacancies
www.icould.com – aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs, take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz
www.startprofile.com – investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area
www.careersbox.co.uk – video based job profile information and skills explorer tool
www.successatschool.org – gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers
www.how2become.com – offers detailed advice on how to access a range of sectors. Also offers the purchase of resources, compiled in conjunction with professionals working in these fields, designed to enable you to achieve your dream career or course
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – opportunities that exist outside of university
www.ucas.com – information about university courses on offer, also the Stamford test to help with ideas about subjects to study
www.russellgroup.ac.uk – represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices
www.prospects.ac.uk – find out which areas you could access after a particular degree
MyCareerSpringboard.org – springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options
www.jobapplications.co.uk – this site has useful videos, demonstrating how to complete the online applications for many top companies in the UK, as well as providing detailed information on salaries and interviews. Applications forms can be printed off directly from this site
jobs.telegraph.co.uk/careers – lots of information about specific sectors as well as advice on how to create a CV and prepare for interviews
www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk – displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice
www.allAboutApprenticeships.co.uk – gives live apprenticeship vacancies, organised by sector or area. Also offers plenty of advice on making applications
The Blue Coat School is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust
Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is www.cranmereducationtrust.com and the phone number 0161 785 5082.