As students move through the school they follow a programme of careers information, advice and guidance which helps them to understand the different options open to them, and also to understand where their own interests and skills lie. This is delivered through PSHE lessons and tutor time. There are regular presentations from employers and colleges to help students understand the wealth of opportunities available. Taken together with work experience, individual guidance, access to careers fairs and other contact with employers and colleges, this programme allows us to meet the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Year 9 students make their options choices in the spring term. As part of this process all students discuss their future plans with a member of the senior leadership team, and students who need to can also access a full careers interview with a qualified adviser. The options booklet is available here, along with other information for parents.
Year 10 students participate in a large careers fair and undertake work experience in the summer term, before being supported in making their post-16 applications in the autumn of year 11.
HelpYouChoose is a dedicated careers, college and apprenticeship website which has been developed by Norfolk County Council to provide our students with a range of information to help them make their post-16 choices. It is a “one stop shop” which allows pupils to access information about all the courses offered in Norfolk by college and subject area. The apprenticeship vacancies are updated every day and include job descriptions and role profiles which highlight the training, experience and skills young people will gain in employment.
All our year 11 students have a personal login which enables them to use the site to make their college and apprenticeship applications.
The site can also be used by students in years 8 and 9 as a research tool to inform their option choices.
HelpYouChoose now offers a “parents section” which can be accessed at the top of their homepage. A wide range of topics is covered including general advice about supporting your child to make the right choices, travel and transport and the financial help which might be available to you as your child carries on with their education.
For parents and students, the site has plenty of videos offering practical advice about preparing C.V.s/college and apprenticeship applications, planning for interviews and so on.
We judge the success of our careers programme by the wide variety of pathways our students choose when they leave Broadland. You can find information about our leavers’ destinations here.
If you would like more information, Mr Laycock has oversight of careers guidance across the academy but in the first instance please contact Mrs Roll our careers coordinator, or visit HelpYouChoose.org
Our Provider Access Policy can be found here.
The information on this page is reviewed annually in February.