Careers Guidance

Careers Week 2 – 7 March 2020

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The Careers Programme at Bourne End Academy is graded on the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.



The Benchmarks go further by defining all of the elements of an excellent careers programme, based on the best national and international research. Government recognises that the work needed to meet all eight Benchmarks will vary for individual schools. Government’s expectation is that schools begin to work towards the Benchmarks now and meet them by the end of 2020. We review the standards set by Gatsby every term. This allows us to look back at each term, see the improvements and put in place any new practices for the next part of each Academic Year.

This includes looking at many different career options. We look at college, university, apprenticeship options, how to get there, and if they have specific subject requirements.

In KS3, KS4 and KS5, the Careers Programme is delivered through visits, assemblies, form time and/or drop down specific days to highlight the importance of correct choices to support chosen careers for all of our students. We provide an outstanding programme for our students and work with various outside agencies including Adviza, Learning to Work, BuckSkillsHub and UNIFROG to create a world class careers programme fully supported by the Headteacher and the AAG.

Key Stage 3 ‘First Steps’ Careers Day

BEA is holding our inaugural ‘First Steps’ Careers Day for Years 7, 8 and 9. We’ll be welcoming in employers and higher education providers and introducing students to the world of work. We believe helping students to develop their future goals motivates them to engage in their learning, reach their full potential and aspire to be the very best that they can be – our core school values.
In Year 9, all students have a careers interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This is to ensure that they know their options for Year 10 and are choosing the right subjects for GCSE. Parents are invited to attend these interviews. It will be arranged at a time to suit those involved in the meeting.
Each Year group will have a different focus:Mini Vans will be back in December to see how our students fare in the world of business. Year 7 Meet the Employers: each class will have the opportunity to hear from at least two employers from very different industry sectors about their career journeys – why they chose their particular profession, what subjects they studied, what their day-to-day job is like and how students can follow in their footsteps.

Year 8 STEM Career Showcase: each class will hear from two professionals from the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and maths. We’ll challenge stereotypes about just who can follow a career in STEM, and reveal opportunities within this growing industry sector.
Yet again Futures Week will be taking place for Years 7 to 10 in the summer term, with all teachers discussing careers related to their subject areas in classes throughout the week and bringing in employers from companies across Buckinghamshire into lessons. Senior level employers will also be lending their expertise to carry out mock interviews with our Year 10s during Futures Week, allowing them to practice their communication skills before the real thing.

This year we have an even greater vision for careers and our students providing even more trips, events and experiences in the world of work including;

Work Experience and Interviews

• Alumni Bourne End Academy Gap Year and Careers Assemblies
• Year 7 Enterprise Day
• Year 9 & 11 Options Interviews Senior Leadership Team
• Year 10 Mock Interviews BucksSkillsHub
• Year 10 Work Experience and meet the Employers
• Year 11 Adviza Careers Interviews
• Year 12 Work Experience

Visits and Trips

• Year 11 and 12 Trip to The Bucks Skills Show
• Year 9 Futures Day visit to Bucks University
• Year 10 and 12 visit to Somerville College Oxford University
• Year 13 visit to Emirates Stadium University and apprenticeships
• All Year Groups to have access to the AAG World of Work Careers Fair

World of Work – Making the Link between Classroom, Curriculum and Careers

Last summer, our Academy’s Ambassadorial Advisory Group (AAG), played host to more than 200 students, parents and the wider community at their first academy event, the World of Work – a fun-packed, informative and interactive evening all about careers. More than thirty businesses and further education establishments generously gave up their time to talk to students about a variety of career pathways on offer after leaving the academy.

There was something for everyone with a wide array of industries and professions including:
• The Army, Navy and Air Force
• Pharmaceuticals
• Bucks College Group
• Henley College
• Bucks New University
• Professional Services
• Sports (football academy)
• Retail
• Mail and Logistics
• Media
• Music
• Debt Management
• Dance and The Performing Arts
• Technology

Advice on recruitment, apprenticeships and inspirational talks were the order of the day as business owners, leaders and apprentices took to the stage to share their world of work stories. Meanwhile, the ‘Expo’ style marketplace was literally buzzing with our exhibitors and students getting into lively conversation about the new and exciting opportunities on offer in the world of business and education.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to bring World of Work 2020 to you – this year it will be held on the 23 April so that we can welcome our Y11s and Sixth Form students before they sit their all-important GCSE and A levels.


Employers, Sixth Form Colleges, Further Education and Apprenticeships companies can contact the Careers Leader: Mr Michael Warren, and Barbara Brooke, to organise visits, work experience placements, motivational assemblies and attendance at the World of Work Careers Fair.


Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers tools for career path and labour market information to aid the support of their children. Please see below;

Careers\National Careers Service E-pack.pdf
Careers\Labour Market Information – January-March 2020.pdf
Careers\Buckinghamshire – LMI January 2020.pdf


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