The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth seeks to positively support students to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.
We are currently working with an external provider:
CareersInc is an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service who will support you to aim high in your career goals and aspirations.
Students at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:
Together with staff from CareersInc we will support the career development in a number of ways including:
We aim to regularly update our list of all the upcoming Post-16 provider open evenings and events, so that students and parents/carers alike can make decisions about courses being taken at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth, and beyond. If you are a college provider and we have missed a date, please email Mrs Jill Appleby who leads our Careers and Post-16 provision, or Mr Hannah year 11 learning manager.
Students can ask questions and get support with CVs, help with application form completion for college, collect prospectuses for colleges and apprenticeship providers and research courses for after GCSEs. We also aim to run ‘Careers Information Sessions’ occasionally in these sessions, often in partnership with Post-16 providers and increasingly with employer partners and alumni in particular career sectors. Sessions are focused on career choices around particular subjects that students may be interested in pursuing after post-16 and post-18 education. For more details speak to Mrs Appleby or Mr Hannah.
Each month, we are grateful for our partner Post-16 Colleges and Apprenticeship providers, who man stands during one lunchtime on a Wednesday, to promote choices beyond GCSE, answer questions and inspire our student for their next steps. For parents, the timetable is below, if you want your son/daughter to pick up particular information
Thursday 6th October 2018
Thursday 8th November 2018
Thursday 6th December 2018
Thursday 10th January 2019
Thursday 7th February 2019
Thursday 7th March 2019
Thursday 4th April 2019
The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.
We are currently working with the following provider:
CareersInc is a support service for young people that provides advice, guidance, support and personal development services for all 13-19 year olds.
As a student at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:
• is personal to you and always puts your interests first
• motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities beyond Outwood Academy Bydales
• helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality
• provides the support you need to be successful
• helps you access any additional support you might need
• is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and
• understanding of career pathways and local labour market information
• protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent
Together with staff from CareersInc we will support your career development in a number of ways including:
• information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help you make decisions about your future
• activities and events such as careers fairs
• access to career advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, Careers Club Enrichment (open to all year groups – Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm), learning pathway planning and results days
• careers information and IT based careers programmes
• information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites
• providing access to detailed information and resources to take away on various jobs, colleges, training providers and Universities through our Careers Corner in the LRC Library
Andy Veale ~ (CareersInc) firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Grimley ~ (CareersInc) email@example.com
Mr Hannah ~ Year 11 Learning manager
Wednesday 26 September 2018 – Middlesbrough College – 5pm -8pm
Tuesday 2 October 2018 – The Northern School of Art/CCAD – 5.30pm – 8pm
Wednesday 3 October 2018 – SRC Bede Sixth Form – 5.30 – 7.30pm
Monday 8 October 2018 – Stockton Riverside College – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 10 October 2018 – Macmillan Academy – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 16 October 2018 – Stockton Sixth Form – 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 17 October 2018 – Redcar and Cleveland College – 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 18 October 2018 – Prior Pursglove College – 5pm – 8pm
Thursday 18 October 2018 – NETA Training – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Tuesday 23 October 2018 – Middlesbrough College – 5pm – 8pm
Wednesday 24 October 2018 – Darlington College – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Tuesday 6 November 2018 – The Northern School of Art/CCAD – Taster session^
Wednesday 7 November 2018 – Redcar and Cleveland College – 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 15 November 2018 – Middlesbrough College – 5pm – 8pm
Thursday 15 November 2018 – Stockton Riverside College 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 17 November 2018 – The Northern School of Art – 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 21 November 2018 – Stockton Sixth Form – 6pm- 8pm
Wednesday 21 November 2018 – Stockton Riverside College – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Thursday 22 November 2018 – NETA Training – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Monday 26 November 2018 – Redcar and Cleveland College – 5pm – 7pm
Tuesday 27 November 2018 – Darlington College – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 8 December 2018 – Prior Pursglove College – 10am- 12pm
Tuesday 11 December 2018 – Middlesbrough College – 10am- 12pm
Tuesday 15 January 2019 – The Northern School of Art/CCAD – Taster session^
Thursday 17 January 2019 – SRC Bede Sixth Form – 530pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 19 January 2019 – The Northern School of Art – 10am- 12pm
Saturday 19 January 2019 – Stockton Riverside College – 10am – 12pm
Thursday 24 January 2019 – Darlington College – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Thursday 24 January 2019 – Stockton Sixth Form – 6pm – 8pm
Saturday 26 January 2019 – Middlesbrough College – 10am – 12pm
Tuesday 29 January 2019 – Redcar and Cleveland College – 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 31 January 2019 – NETA Training – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 9 February 2019 – Macmillan Academy – 10am- 12pm
Tuesday 12 February 2019 – Stockton Riverside College – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Monday 18 February 2019– The Northern School of Art/CCAD – 10am – 12pm
Tuesday 5 February 2019 – Prior Pursglove College – 5pm -7.30pm
Tuesday 5 March 2019 – NETA Training – Apprenticeships – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 March 2019 – Stockton Riverside College Apprenticeship event – 5.30-7.30pm
Thursday 14 March 2019 – SRC Bede Sixth Form – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 21 March 2019 – Darlington College – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 21 March 2019 – Redcar and Cleveland College – 5pm – 7pm
Saturday 23 March 2019 – Middlesbrough College – 10am -12pm
Tuesday 2 April 2019 – The Northern School of Art/CCAD – 5.30pm – 8pm
Wednesday 3 April 2019 – Prior Pursglove College – 5pm -7pm
Wednesday 15 May 2019 – Redcar and Cleveland College – 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 16 May 2019 – Middlesbrough College – 5pm – 7pm
Saturday 15 June 2019 – The Northern School of Art/CCAD -10am – 2pm
Saturday 15 June 2019 – Darlington College – 11.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 9 July 2019 – The Northern School of Art/CCAD – Taster session^
Wednesday 10 July 2019 – Middlesbrough College – Apprenticeship focused 5-7pm
Shape Training centre visits and interviews are organised on an individual basis
^ Booking required
Stockton college prospectus
A qualification shows employers, teachers and learners what you have learnt and what you can do as a result of that learning. There is a large variety of qualifications available so they are grouped together into levels to show how they compare and what other qualifications they can lead to.
In the UK, most qualifications taken through work, school, college or university, fit into one of nine levels (12 in Scotland). The higher the level, the harder the qualification. The levels are based on the standards of knowledge, skill and competence needed for each qualification. Qualifications at the same level can be very different in terms of content and the length of time they take to complete.
Knowing about the different levels means that you can compare qualifications and identify what you need for your chosen career.
Four qualifications frameworks are in use within the UK:
• Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England and Northern Ireland
• Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW)
• Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ)
The table shows some examples of qualifications at each level under RQF and FHEQ, the main frameworks for Northern Ireland. The list is not exhaustive.
Look out for your CareersInc advisers in school for more help and advice when you need it!
Speak to your Teachers who can help you to arrange a meeting with your adviser to discuss any career related questions that you may have.
Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.
We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we are introducing employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects for the first time during 2018-19.
Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:
1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:
What we have published online (*included within this section)
1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.
6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace
8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.
Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each month we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.
CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.
Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth including:
We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).
The careers information on this website will next be reviewed in February 2019.