26 Apr Putting the quality into careers education
Gordon’s School is a voluntary-aided secondary school with academy status near Woking in Surrey, with approximately 750 students aged 11-18 years. As an outstanding school, Gordon’s recognises that a good education is not just about outstanding examination results but a thorough preparation for life.
Gordon’s School have taken this one step further, working with U-Explore to develop a whole-school careers and employability strategy and deliver face-to-face guidance for students. Harriet Phillips, IAG Co-ordinator at the school, tells us what has been achieved so far:
“We’re working towards Stage 3 of the Investors in Careers Award, and launched a new careers programme in September 2013.
“This started with U-Explore leading a consultancy day where we designed the new careers programme. The U-Explore consultant was knowledgeable and helpful and put in so many hours – not just in the design of the programme, but in creating promotional materials to help us to communicate it. It was crucial that we had a programme that was coherent and demonstrated that students were making progress against the ACEG learning outcomes.
The U-Explore consultant was knowledgeable and helpful and put in so many hours.
“We then focused on staff training, and developed materials to give out at parent information evenings. Students in Year 7 are introduced to U-Explore, starting with the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills log – this helps them to track and record when they have demonstrated key employability skills.
U-Explore Online is popular with parents as a way to sit down with their child and talk through career options. We now have the entire school signed up from Year 7 to 13. We do use other resources, but U-Explore is the only software that is used by all age groups.
U-Explore Online is popular with parents as a way to sit down with their child and talk through career options.
U-Explore also provide our independent careers adviser who we are really happy with. He has quickly integrated in to the school, and provides a fantastic service to students and parents by conducting one-to-one and group interviews, liaising with parents, organising speakers and events, and he even writes a termly careers newsletter as well as managing some of the careers content on the school website. Oh, and I nearly forgot – he is also qualified to deliver and interpret Morrisby Psychometric and Aptitude profiles.”
As part of Surrey County Council’s Youth Engagement Contract, all young people between the ages 13 – 19 years old in Surrey have access to U-Explore’s online careers and employability platform.