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Careers Education

Careers Programme Information

 

At St Hild’s CE Primary School, we recognise the important role that Primary Schools play in enabling children to have high aspirations about their future through independent and impartial careers advice. As a school we endeavour to provide children with a range of meaningful experiences, visits and visitors to teach them about the world of work and provide them with appropriate information about possible future careers.

 

Careers Education at St Hild’s CE Primary School is coordinated by our PSHCE co-ordinator who can be contacted via our school office sthilds@durhamlearning.net.

Our link governor for careers is Jen Moss.

 

The aims of our careers education programme are:

  • To provide a structure for careers education throughout school.
  • To ensure that all children experience meaningful interaction with the world of work.
  • To ensure that when children transfer to Secondary School, they have knowledge of a range of careers.
  • To ensure that when children transfer to Secondary School, they are ready for the next stage in their education, being equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare them for the world of work which lies ahead.

Our careers education curriculum has been developed and takes into account the Gatsby Foundation research and guidance benchmarks issued by the DfE on Careers.

 

These benchmarks are:

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme
Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces
Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

 

Careers education is taught formally in all classes during the Summer Term. Additionally, it is covered informally throughout the year where links are made to whole school and class events and to visits and visitors in class. We feel that this ensures that children have the maturity required to understand the content covered and so that it fits in with natural transition points within the school year.

 

Towards the end of the Summer Term each year, we hold a careers week which culminates in a careers fair where visitors are invited into school to talk to the children about their professions and job roles. We try to ensure that children are given a wide range of experiences including (but not limited to) police officers, fire officers, medical professionals, vets, sports coaches, dancers/gymnasts, politicians, builders, members of the armed services and workers from the hospitality and entertainment industries. Members of our wider school community support us with the delivery of this event.

Our careers education programme links with our financial education programme and children are taught about wages, borrowing, saving and debt in age-appropriate ways as they move through school. During enterprise events, children across school are given budgets and projects to complete.

 

We review our careers education programme every two years. The next review of our careers programme will be in September 2022.


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