At St Edward’s we believe that careers education plays a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests
At St Edward’s we believe that careers education plays a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs. A robust careers programme helps avoid disengagement, puts school learning into a wider and more relevant context, and helps raise aspirations.
Effective careers education should ensure that students develop the skills and attitudes necessary for success in adult and working life. It should develop in students an awareness of the wide variety of education, training and careers opportunities both locally and nationally.
We also believe that careers education is set in the context of vocation; and we aim to help every child reflect on their unique calling – how they will use their God-given gifts and talents to live life to the full. We believe that our school should do far more than merely prepare students for examinations, and we seek to form well-rounded individuals, who know themselves and their own strengths and areas for development. We also aim to support parents and carers in advising and supporting their child.
The lead staff for careers education are Mr Daniel Hurley (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs Charlotte Eastwood (Careers Manager)
To contact them please use the contact details found on the Careers Programme document.
Careers Advice and Guidance
Part of the careers education that is on offer to all students at St Edward’s is expert careers advice. This is an important part of careers education as it allows students to reflect upon their futures and make informed decisions about what their next steps will be.
We employ Aaron Rigby as our independent careers advisor. Aaron is working with the school for two days a week, and is based in the Careers Office located in the Eden Centre. Aaron is working in partnership with St Edward’s as part of a larger project facilitated by the Southern Universities Network.
We welcome visits from employers and providers and more detail can be found on our employer access statement.
How do we measure effectiveness?
As a school we are constantly reviewing our careers education to ensure that it is the best that it can be. We judge the education that we provide against the Gatsby benchmarks and also the Investors in Careers advice. We also involve student voice in monitoring the quality of the careers advice and continually monitor feedback from staff, students, employers and other education provider as well as parents and carers, following a careers activity. Finally we look at the future destinations of our school leavers as a guide to the effectiveness of the careers advice that we have provided – further information about our students’ destinations coming soon.
We also work hard to ensure education and training providers can access pupils to talk about technical education and apprenticeships. We invite education and training providers to a number of events in school so that our students have a wide range of information available to them. Here is our Provider Access Policy statement. We will review the published information at the start of each academic year.