We believe every child should leave our school fully prepared for life in an ever changing modern society. We therefore provide a broad and balanced curriculum supported by quality careers education, information advice and guidance to develop every young person’s values, skills and behaviours that they will need to get on and succeed in life.
Within these current times careers advice and guidance is paramount to enabling pupils to embark upon a career pathway in a challenging and changing climate.
Bishopton Careers Team
All pupils will have access to a dedicated enthusiastic ambitious careers team.
Sophie Johnson- Exams officer and Careers lead
Alison Tokat -Teacher
Lisa Wilkes- HLTA
Esther Weir- Youth Direction
Sarah Shaughnessy – Youth Direction
Pupil support at Bishopton
At Bishopton we offer and range of support to pupils to ensure they receive quality careers guidance from Key stage 3 to year 11 and beyond. We work closely with Youth Directions to support young students, and we also have a dedicated careers team in house to support our students.
Youth Direction provides a range of services to young people across the Borough. These services include: Participation Support. Guidance Services. Targeted Youth Support. Preventions Service. Youth Offending Team. Stockton Youth Assembly.
Contact details; www.stockton.gov.uk/youthdirection
Some of the key support students can access is:
- The school provides all learners with in-school guidance and work closely with external consultants Youth Directions.
- Access to external sources of information on the full range of employment, education and training options to all year groups. We have close links to local colleges, and sixth form colleges in the area.
- Opportunities to engage with a range of employers and training providers who cover the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point.
- We have a dedicated careers team at Bishopton who support children across the curriculum. We have two members of staff who are currently completing the CEIAG level 4 and 6 careers qualification.
- We welcome into our school a wide range of external speakers to inspire and engage our pupils. They often come from a variety of backgrounds and often have a personal and inspiring story to tell.
- We hold events throughout the academic year to support in the development of pupil’s confidence and understanding about career choices.
- Some students are given the opportunity to attend a vocational placement that supports with their future aspirations.
In KS4 we hope to offer extended work experience to all pupils to experience a real working environment, this is a high priority area to develop once work places are able to open their doors fully after Covid-19 pandemic.
Bishopton Careers Programme
The Careers Programme is subject to ongoing monitoring and evaluation and is mapped to the Gatsby Benchmarks. The Careers Lead Marie Clay reports to the head teacher every half term with information including NEET figures for the last 3 years, stakeholder feedback and impact of the programme. The schools monitors its progress mapped to the benchmarks through the Compass Tool.
A recent Compass reassessment was conducted on 04.02.21, this resulted in the school meeting 6 out of the 8 Gatsby benchmark criteria at 80% or above.
Investors in Careers Quality mark
“This was an excellent submission for the full award. As a consultant for a number of years I would have no hesitation in recommending that any other PRU wishing to improve their CEAIG delivery should contact or visit Bishopton as a beacon of Best Practice.”
Bishopton achieved the Quality in Careers Standard award in December 2017. Bishopton are currently being re-assessed for the Quality Mark under a new Framework that is aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks and we hope to be done by July 2022.
BISHOPTON 4 PROGRESSION
We know how tough times are right now, these past two years have been difficult for many families, and we know that your last two school years were disrupted. We want you to know we care and that we are here to help and support you. As things start to settle there will be some exciting opportunities available to you and we are here to help get you get started on that journey into becoming employed or on to a college course or into a Traineeship or Apprenticeship.
Bishopton 4 Progression is a unique and free service that is available to you and your parents/carers. We offer a tailor-made approach to support you in finding employment or getting into further education. With highly skilled and dedicated staff we can offer a range of services designed to boost your mood, help focus your thinking about your future, support you in making decisions and provide you with practical support throughout.
If you are currently not engaged in employment, training or education and you left us last summer, we are here to help you. If you would like to know more, please contact the school and ask for Mrs Wilkes.
Please see below link for latest policy:
Below are a number of links to organisations that can support anyone who requires further information:
- http://icould.com/. A careers information website.
- https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx. Provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service also offers confidential impartial advice supported by qualified careers advisers.
- http://www.ascl.org.uk/help-and-advice/help-and-advice.your-guide-to-apprenticeships.html Information about apprenticeships.
- http://www.jobhero.com/choosing-career-guide/ Provides guidance on choosing a career.
Please find the link for Bishoptons Investing in futures strategy:
If you require further support with helping your child in their next step, please see the Parent support booklet below:
See below table for links to pathways for your child’s next steps:
|Amazing Apprenticeships Ltd – Amazing apprenticeships is the approved communication channel, commisioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, to support the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools project.
|Careers Box – contain ‘real life’ careers videos of real people doing real jobs. This provides a useful overview for students who are researching possible careers and what skills and qualities you actually need in a particular career.
|National Careers Service – this is the government service which provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
|Startprofile – U-Explore is an EdTech company specialising in careers guidance for young people in schools and colleges. We are passionate about making sure that every young person has access to the best information advice and opportunities that will shape their future, regardless of who or where they are.
|Tees Valley Combined Authority – this website contains useful information about the local Labour Market Information (LMI). This includes local strategies and projects that will develop jobs in our local area and the skills needed.