Careers at Goffs Academy

This information is designed for students, teachers, parents, and employers.

At Goffs, we pride ourselves on ensuring that students are well prepared for future employment, and have a range of opportunities to find out more about different careers.

Our Careers Education and IAG programme aims to prepare our students for their future lives beyond school. This means that all students, and parents, should be made aware of all their options as they progress through school and their post-school options.

The SLT member responsible for Careers, and our designated careers lead is Mark Holding (Assistant Principal) and he can be contacted at mho@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Careers Providers

We work closely with YC Hertfordshire to ensure that students have access to a range of different employers during their time in school.

For example, in Year 10, all students take part in a Careers Fair and Mock Interview Day, before participating in a week’s work experience placement, in the summer term.

Every student in Year 11 has a 1:1 session with a Personal Adviser from YC Hertfordshire regarding their plans for their future.

Hannah and Alex are YC Hertfordshire Personal Advisers and hold Level 6 qualifications in Advice and Guidance. YC Hertfordshire is Matrix accredited.

Hannah and Alex:

  • will provide a personalised action plan to help students reach their goal
  • have access to a range of career exploration tools to help students explore the careers world
  • are experienced in providing individualised, impartial careers, information, advice and guidance to young people and their parents/carers
  • are knowledgeable about local, regional and national opportunities with access to a wealth of up to date information
  • are skilled in tailoring careers information, advice and guidance to individual needs
  • can draw in additional resources to support individual needs
  • have current, enhanced DBS clearance

Remote Careers-Learning Provision

  • Since March 2020, linked to school closure, our advisers have been supporting our students remotely and YC have put together a very useful document entitled ‘Your Career and Personal Development during COVID 19’.

Your-career-and-personal-development-during-Covid-19.pdf

 

 

 

 

Careers Curriculum Map

All areas of the curriculum support the Careers Education programme, and all subject areas have identified where they can support this, and it is outlined in the document below as well as being mapped out in the the Career Development Institute (CDI) Framework CDI Framework

Who we work with:

The following organisations support our Careers and IAG provision:

 

The Real Game

https://www.realgame.co.uk/           

Provide learning and earning resources for secondary schools which we subscribe to and use with our Year 7 students

YC Hertfordshire

https://www.ychertfordshire.org/

 

Run Navigate Your Future days in school for Year 8 students

Source our Year 10 Work experience placements including site risk assessments

Provide qualified personal advisers to conduct 1:1 interviews with our Year 11 students and some Year 10 students, as needed

Young Enterprise

https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/home/ye-online/

Deliver a range of enterprise activities for Key Stage 3 students and run a day in school for our Year 9 students

 

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

https://www.hertfordshirelep.com/

 

Herts LEP manages The Careers and Enterprise Company funded programme in Hertfordshire. Their Enterprise Coordinators work with us at strategic level to support us against The Gatsby Benchmarks 

Herts LEP supports us to gain up to date and relevant Local Labour Market Information and to keep us connected to employers who support our students to gain more information about the world of work
 

Herts Regional College

https://www.hrc.ac.uk/uni

Provide direct interventions for targeted students in Year 10 and upward to promote their college, including tours

Fix Up

http://www.fixupseminars.co.uk/

The Fix Up speakers are a team of passionate people focused on motivating students, teachers, parents and encourage them to succeed in their next steps

 

Amazing Apprenticeships

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/he

Provide access to an extensive collection of resources and support for teachers, careers advisers and students

Offer apprenticeship support for students in Years 10-13 and currently run two sessions for our sixth form students

Run Vacancy Snapshot – showcasing some of the world’s largest companies and what to expect from their recruitment processes

National Citizenship Service (NCS)

https://wearencs.com/

Run a summer school for Year 11 students within which students learn skills that can be useful in the world of work

The Brilliant Club

https://thebrilliantclub.org/NC

Provide direct interventions for targeted students in the sixth form, to promote university/higher education

Learn to Live

https://learnliveuk.com/

Offer a range of resources relating to careers education

 

Further information and useful links

We are signed up to The Careers and Enterprise Company – The Enterprise Adviser Network – programme. This is a free provision managed locally by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support us to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here:

https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/

Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here:

http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance

Further information about The Government’s Careers Strategy can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/664319/Careers_strategy.pdf

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Careers Activity Plan

We deliver a structured Careers and IAG Activity Plan which is reviewed on an annual basis, and involves all year groups. Below are some of the key activities which we offer, and all activities are linked to the Career Development Institute (CDI) Framework CDI Framework

Year

Event

Time of Year

7

The Real Game

Students are given the opportunity to consider what job they might do in the future, its earning potential and how they would balance income versus expenditure.

Summer Term

8

Navigate Your Future (YC)

This workshop informs students on how important it is to start to consider their careers plan early on as they are literally able to drive it into the direction which they wish.

Spring Term

9

Education Pathways/Options Evening

This gives students, along with their parents, an opportunity to consider their own progression through education, exploring the different pathways they may follow and how they can pursue their own unique aspirations through education.

Spring Term

9

Launchpad/Young Enterprise

This interactive workshop is designed to prompt students to start thinking about the world of work. Discussion will challenge any preconceptions they may have about the workplace and includes a budgeting activity called the Tenner Challenge (linked to another of our Curriculum Enrichment Days called Managing a Budget).

Spring Term

9

1:1 Options Interviews

All Year 9 students have a 1:1 meeting with a member of SLT regarding their next steps. This includes a discussion relating to careers as well as their GCSE options that would best link to these.

Summer Term

10

Employability Skills

This session will give students a chance to assess their current skills and experience, prompting them to consider what employers are looking for and how they can improve their own CV, interview ability and skill set to increase their future employability.

Spring Term

10

CV Writing

Students work within form time to prepare their own CVs and understand how to present them according and what information to include, these are then presented at the mock interview day.

Spring Term

10

Mock Interview day (YC)

Students come face to face with employers who put them through a real-life interview scenario and then provide them with feedback about how they presented themselves, how they answered the questions and on their CVs.

Spring Term

10

One-week Work Experience (YC)

Work experience takes place in the workplace and allows young people to experience what it is like to undertake a job supervised by staff who already work in the environment. An information evening takes place for parents and students early in the Spring Term.

Summer Term

10

GCSE Exam Skills/Resilience

This session focuses on resilience and positive mental attitude with links made to revision techniques. The session will also explore coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety.

Autumn Term

11

Personal Guidance Interviews (YC)

Provided by an Independent Careers Advisor by YC, all Year 11s have at least one destination interview.

On-going

11

1:1 Options Interviews

All Year 11 students have a 1:1 meeting with a member of SLT regarding their next steps. This includes a discussion relating to careers.

Spring Term (January and March)

11

Fix Up/GCSE Exam Skills

This session focuses primarily on revision techniques. Students will be guided through various revision/study methods and given practical tips on how to manage their time more effectively. The session will also explore coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety and offer real-life examples from the external presenters.

Autumn Term

11

Careers Scheme of Learning

This relates to a form time scheme of learning reflecting on Year 10 work experience and looking to various careers as well as the differences between apprenticeships and University. This scheme also considers employability skills and jobs within the local area.

Autumn Term

11

Visit to HRC College (for selected students)

Students are given the opportunity to visit the College to explore their post-16 options.

Spring Term

11

ACE Programme (for selected students)

Students are mentored throughout the year by a member of staff and are offered the opportunity to visit Universities or workplaces linked to their future plans.

On-going

11

Next Steps after Year 11/Sixth Form Open Evening

The evening explores the different post-16 options available including a discussion on A-Levels, BTECs, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, as well as promoting the Goffs Sixth Form.

Autumn Term

11

National Citizenship Service (NCS) (for selected students)

Students who participate in this summer school programme learn skills that can be useful in the world of work as one week is specifically work-related with NCS partnering with a range of organisations to offer the best possible experience for students.

Summer Term

Sixth Form – Year 12

(please see separate section of our website for more information)

 

UCAS Trip

An opportunity for Year 12 students to find out more about university and the courses on offer.  Students can join a campus tour with UCAS Student Ambassadors, take part in interactive subject-specific sessions and get advice about student finances and UCAS.

Summer Term

Sixth Form - Year 12

Work Shadowing Week

This is a work experience week takes place in the workplace at the very end of the academic year and allows young people to experience what it is like to undertake a job supervised by staff who already work in the environment. Students are encouraged to source their own placements given that they are approaching their last year of school.

Summer Term

Sixth Form – All

 

Amazing Apprenticeships

The day involves a guest speaker going through the apprenticeship provision, how they work in practice and how to apply.

Autumn Term

Sixth Form – All

Learn to Live Curriculum Enrichment Day

This day off timetable offers a range of resources and interactive broadcasts from business individuals to describe aspects of the world of work.

Autumn Term

Sixth Form – All

Mock Interview day

Students come face to face with employers who put them through a real-life interview scenario and then provide them with feedback about how they presented themselves, how they answered the questions and on their CVs.

Autumn Term

Sixth Form – All

Higher Education Evening

The evening focusses on the various options presented to students at this point in their education.

Spring Term

Sixth Form – All

CV writing/UCAS applications

Students work within form time to refine on their own CVs or UCAS applications and understand how to present them according and what information to include.

Autumn Term

Sixth Form - All

1:1 Careers Interviews

Students have a 1:1 meeting with a designated careers support adviser who works within the Sixth Form. The tailored meetings are solely based on options relating to careers and the adviser puts students in contact with employers or organisations, as is needed.

On-going

Sixth From

The Brilliant Club (for selected students)

Students are mentored throughout the programme by a PhD students and are offered the opportunity to produce a piece of work that is of University standard, linked to the subject area a student would like to pursue at Higher Education level. The programme includes visits to Russell Group Universities and a formal graduation. 

On-going

All Years

Hop Into website

https://www.hopinto.co.uk/

HOP is the premier gateway in Hertfordshire to find out about:

  • career path options
  • apprenticeships and work experience
  • skills development and professional qualification programmes

 

On-going

All Years

Super Speakers

A range of speakers from a range of subjects attend the school to present to those who sign up. They are led by professionals from industries including: law, business, psychology, art and design.

On-going

 

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Hertfordshire Skills Framework (https://goffschurchgate.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/hertfordshire-skills-framework-2018-framework-icons-poster.pdf?t=1554384088?ts=1558453313)

This is the culmination of a huge research piece carried out by The University of Hertfordshire to identify the predominant skills and qualities that a large range of Hertfordshire employers have stated are most important for young people to possess and demonstrate in the workplace; it is therefore vital information for students, teachers and parents to be aware of. These skills are going to be embedded through throughout the school both within the curriculum and through wider awareness within work on CVs and in assemblies.

Labour Market Information

Broxbourne Labour Market Information

Hertfordshire Labour Market Information

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

Employer Engagement

We recognise the importance in working with local employers in order to support our Careers Education and IAG provision we are very keen to establish links with employers who will be able to open our students’ eyes to the world of work.

We currently engage with over 30 different employers through work experience placements for our Year 10 students and our planned Year 9 Careers Fair. We welcome further support from employers within a range of industries. If you would like to support any of the above events or feel you may be offer support in a different way then do please contact our Careers Lead, Mark Holding mho@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Careers Education Policy

For a copy of our Careers Education policy, please follow this link:  https://goffs.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/key_information/R42a-Careers-Education-Policy-Goffs-June-19.pdf?t=1592741083

Sixth Form - Careers

You can find out about Careers relating directly to the Sixth Form under the Sixth Form section of our website: https://www.goffs.herts.sch.uk/358/careers-university