Buxton Community School is committed to providing all its students with a planned programme of careers education activities throughout their school career, with opportunities at key transition points to access impartial information and expert advice and guidance. Benefits for students are maximised by using a whole school approach involving parents, carers, external information, advice and guidance providers, employers and other local agencies. There is a planned programme of learning experiences constructed around PSHE days, assemblies, events, work-related learning, online and printed information, personal tutoring, group work and individual interviews.
Our careers team of Mrs Ashworth (careers lead) and Mrs Barnwell (IAG Advisor) are based in A Block and are on hand to provide our students with our planned programme of careers education activities.
Had we been in school as normal, the week commencing 29th June would have seen a focus on careers learning (we call it our Futures Programme). Students would have had the opportunity to visit a university, take part in the Buxton and Leek College Open Day, develop personal skills with workshops from members of the Armed Forces, and learned about the opportunities available in our sixth form.
We will, of course, support our students in whatever ways we can in making the best decisions about their plans for post 16 education and training. As a crucial part of this, Mrs Barnwell, our careers advisor, has produced three fantastic resources to support students over the next few weeks to think about their next steps. These are available on Classcharts and can also be downloaded below. These three ‘virtual booklets’ cover pathways, skills and qualities, and applications and CVs. Each ‘booklet’ contains information, links to other resources and some activities to complete. We also hope to be able to share some advice from our Enterprise Advisor, Julie Allen, from Tarmac, who works with us closely. She is producing a video to explain to students what an employer looks for in a CV, and the importance of technical accuracy.
We would strongly encourage your child to engage with these resources at some point before September, as some applications for colleges need to be submitted in the Autumn term. There are lots of links to other sources of information and advice in the ‘booklets’, but if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Mrs Barnwell at Sarah.Barnwell@Buxton.Derbyshire.Sch.Uk. She would be happy to provide further information or advice, and can arrange a phone call if necessary.
Mrs G Ashworth (above) Mrs S Barnwell (below)
We have several sources of careers information, and Mrs Barnwell can direct you to the best place to look. All students are given access to Unifrog – please see below for more information. Parents can create their own account too: contact Mrs Ashworth for more details.
There is a planned programme of learning experiences constructed around PSHE days, assemblies, events, work-related learning, online and printed information, personal tutoring, group work and individual interviews. Please download from the items below, the appropriate document for your child’s year group to see more details of the futures programme.
Unifrog: An online careers and destinations platform that allows users to compare every post 16 and post 18 opportunity available, such as courses, colleges, universities, apprenticeships. It also contains a huge wealth of information on career choices, with up to date labour market information. The school also uses Unifrog to support students when writing their CVs or applications. Students have an individual account and parents can also create their own.
Download the document below to read about the award winning Unifrog on-line careers platform
Years 12 & 13
A full programme of activities is put in place in the Sixth Form to ensure that students are aware of the options available to them. Support is provided with applications to University, further education or apprenticeships/employment. Students are also encouraged to take part in enrichment opportunities such as summer schools and projects.
Year 12 students are expected to arrange a work experience placement of at least one week in their own time. This is seen as particularly important as Higher Education courses increasingly have specific work experience requirements and it will also help to prepare students for the work place. Support with finding placements is provided by Mr Thomson.
All students are encouraged to take part in the Rotary interviews which are held in June.
If you would like to contact the IAG co-ordinator, or if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see on these pages, please contact Mrs Barnwell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the school reception number 01298 23122.
Opportunities for access
Our provision includes a variety of opportunities for students to access a range of events and visits related to their progression routes, both academic and non academic. These are mainly integrated into the school’s careers programme and curriculum. The majority of these events are delivered internally, with contributions from external providers where appropriate.
Local providers are invited to key relevant events. In addition, any external provider interested in coming into school should speak to Mrs Ashworth, SLT leader with strategic responsibility for Careers Education and Guidance and Employability to identify the most suitable opportunity.
Any provider wishing to request access to students should contact Mrs G Ashworth, Assistant Headteacher, via the school contact details.
Please download below the Employer Engagement Campaign leaflet, which invites parents/businesses to support schools in delivering their careers programme through giving an hour of their time.
Additional sources of information:
· Expanded Careers Hub: http://www.d2n2lep.org/News/d2n2-scales-up-careers-hub-?mc_cid=0474fdf6a7&mc_eid=3df6eeee4b
· National Careers Service: www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
· For information on apprenticeships: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
· For the apprenticeship parent's pack: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2021/01/Parent-Pack-Jan-2021.pdf
· For information on university courses and how to apply: www.ucas.com
· Not going to University? www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Please follow this link to download the Decisionz digital magazine http://magazine.decisionz.co.uk/books/fsww
Of interest - download below the latest labour market information for Derbyshire to give you an insight into what vacancies exist in Derbyshire, where they are, what sector and at what level. There is also a helpful website for labour market information: www.lmiforall.org.uk
Also below is a letter from Michelle Donelan MP outlining our statutory responsibilities with regard to information sharing with our Local Authority.