Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

The Government’s careers strategy aims to make sure all young people in secondary education get a quality programme of information, advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

Bank View School provides a careers programme we are developing and improving towards satisfying the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ to measure and evaluate the quality of our provision.

We have completed the first ‘benchmarking’ assessment and the results are below;

This is our current offer measured by the Gatsby Benchmarks;

1. A stable careers programme

Claire Pattison – deputy head at the school is lead for Careers and we provide an independent Careers Advisor from Transition Advice and Guidance Services (TAGS) to deliver our careers guidance.

At Bank View we deliver the careers programme via Citizenship and PSHE lessons from years 3 – 10. Year 11 students have 1 citizenship lesson per week and attend a 1 week work experience placement with a local employer to help them gain employability skills, confidence and vocational awareness.

Year 11 also have a half day per week at Hugh Baird College on a six week rotating school link programme, sampling different vocational areas. This provides awareness of post-16 provision and helps develop social skills, confidence and resilience in preparation for leaving school.

6th form students have the choice to attend school link at college half a day per week for a term in total. Careers also as a part of an Open Awards qualification in Learning for Further Skills and Employment as well as ASDAN.

Students between year 10 and 14 spend two lessons per week on a vocational option course leading to unit based or external based qualifications.

2. Learning from career and labour market information

As a part of guidance we use specific careers software programmes and government websites to gather up-to-date information and learn about and explore live job, college and apprenticeship opportunities. We also provide Post 16 events where providers inform parents and students with quality information about future study, employment and training options. TAGS work with students and parents to complete and track Post 16 applications.

School will be using the following careers and labour market information programmes this year;

• Eclipse – an easy-to-use online careers resource with information on over 1,000 jobs and careers.

• National Careers Service Website – online job profile.

• Start Profile – This offers sources of information and a personalised student experience and tracking capability to help teachers monitor student progress and engagement.

Start careers for 11-18s

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

Students have careers guidance tailored to their needs and circumstances. Students, parents and carers and supported throughout the process in terms of guidance, advice, information and practical help. The careers programme promotes and supports equality and diversity throughout.

A small number of students have individual learning programmes involving off site vocational learning relating to their future plans.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All staff make reference to the world of work and job opportunities in their subject area. Each year the school has a science fair where all classes work on projects linked to STEM.
Students have the opportunity to use the laboratories at Hope University.

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Students meet employers in school during post 16 options events and we are planning to host people from the world of work in school on a regular basis as well as past students to talk about their careers and experiences.

Future supported interns are encouraged to attend employer events to explore whether this option is suitable for them. Employers come into school to meet potential interns.

6. Experiences of workplaces

Year 11 have a 1 week work experience programme where students complete a diary encouraging them to reflect on their learning. Students have the opportunity to engage in choosing their placements in advance and parents are encouraged to play a part in this offer. Students are prepared for their placements through class talks, 1:1 discussion, past student presentations and pre placement visits.

Our 6th form offer includes a one year supported internship programme where students can spend 4 days a week with a local employer supported by a job coach from school. Students follow an employability programme on the 5th day leading to an accredited qualification. Last year 3 interns worked at the Hilton Hotel and 2 were offered employment. This year the school is working with The Hilton Hotel and The Holiday Inn with 6 students.

Through volunteering opportunities, 6th form students also experience the world of work in a variety of settings.

7. Encounters with further and higher education

The careers programme is designed to ensure students understand the full range of learning opportunities available to them. This includes academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace. Further education and training providers are invited into school to talk to students in year 11 and 6th form as well as to participate in Post 16 events.

Some students attend local mainstream college on vocational courses if they have an individual learning plan.

Year 11 and 6th form also attend college half a day per week on school link.

Students are also taken to college and training provider open days relevant to future choices.

8. Personal guidance

This is provided by TAGS, an independent advice and guidance provider that specialises in working with schools for students with Special Educational Needs.

Students from year 9 – 14, have 1-1 careers guidance interviews each year leading to a career plan detailing their;
• post school ideas,
• intended destination,
• career ideas
• agreed actions.

Students are supported to find information about their ideas, and are challenged and guided to make realistic and appropriate choices about the future. Careers information is provided on students’ career and post school ideas.

There are further sources of independent advice, information and guidance from;


Claire Pattison – Deputy Head
Neil Alecock – 07568 547 480 –

Careers policy

Bank View Careers Policy 2020-21

Careers curriculum map 2020-21