25 Apr Whole-school careers explained…
Glyn School, Ewell, Surrey, is a state boys’ comprehensive school with a long heritage of academic excellence. Jonathan Braybrook, Head of Careers, gives us an insight in to what works when it comes to quality careers provision and how U-Explore plays its part.
Glyn School, Ewell, is the only state boys’ comprehensive school within Surrey, although providing a mixed sixth form. The school has a long heritage of academic excellence, sporting prowess, artistic achievement and community service. In 2012, the school was recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Jonathan Braybrook, Head of Careers, leads careers provision across the school. Here, he gives us an insight in to what works when it comes to quality careers provision and how U-Explore plays its part.
“Careers is delivered through a range of means including online software, collapsed days for planned enterprise events and other activities such as UCAS preparation, Sixth Form careers week and careers trips and events both in and outside school time. Assemblies are also delivered, where possible, using external agencies.”
Last year we had 1,303 active students using U-Explore out of a possible 1,500 - 87% of the school!
“The school continues to work closely with our Network schools and we all are seeking the best delivery for our students. We have recently formed a Network Careers Convention where each school will host an evening for specified career occupations. These have now gone ahead successfully for two consecutive years, giving us increasing contact with employers and providers.”
“Our curriculum schemes of work focus on wider careers issues in Key Stage 3 & 4 and U-Explore is used as a tool to provide further impartial information to students (last year we had 1,303 active students using U-Explore out of a possible 1,500 – 87% of the school!). Careers lessons are now timetabled, leading to more consistency of provision. Careers information is also delivered in tutor periods to coincide with Careers Week where possible, to raise awareness with students and flag any resources they can use.”
“Students access the careers room at any time and use all of the impartial resources, which are available to them. Over 1,000 occupations are highlighted including subjects and grades are provided to show students what they must obtain to gain entry into these professions. Specifically, good careers websites are displayed including U-Explore and the National Careers Service.”
U-Explore is increasingly used by tutors to provide access to Apprenticeships
“U-Explore is increasingly used by tutors to provide access to Apprenticeships and guidance has been provided to support further advice where possible. Staff are still advised to send students for direct advice either with the Head of Careers or external advisers.”
“Student careers exploration is tracked using U-Explore, and all staff can view this. They also document their careers exploration and this process is used so that students complete a programme through their years at Glyn.”