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Sir Thomas Fremantle

Careers Guidance

Schools Careers Lead:
Mr Nick O’Connell - Assistant Headteacher

Careers guidance is an important part of what we provide at Sir Thomas Fremantle School. We take our responsibility to prepare students for life after their time at STFS seriously. We recognise that our students will need more than a great set of exam results to achieve this. Opportunities are given to students to develop the skills they need to be successful in the job market.

This includes ensuring that students know about the range of different educational pathways that they can follow; including college, universities and apprenticeships. We aim to prepare our students for the world so they can make a valuable contribution to society.

It also recognised that it is important to open our students’ eyes to the range of options for careers that are open to them. To do this we need to expose the students to a wide range of different occupations and work places.  

The school ensure that current Labour Market Information for the local area is accessible and available to students and their parents. This is important information which can help to inform careers decisions. It allows parents and students to understand what employment opportunities are available in the local area and which elements of the employment market are expanding.

We welcome the involvement of other providers and employers in the enhancement of our careers programme.

This link is to a statement that sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations  under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Adviza are an independent organisation that provide independent advice and guidance. They contribute to our PSHE programme and provide individual guidance in school for year 11. They are also available to offer advice at year 9 and year 11 parents evenings.

We use the Gatsby Benchmarks to develop our careers programme these are:

  1. A stable careers programme
    Every school should have its own careers programme meeting the requirements of the other 7 benchmarks showing a coherent strategy and embedded in school structures.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
    Every student and parent/carer should have access to good LMI about all education option, employment and training
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
    Schools should consciously work to prevent all forms of stereotyping and support all students including those with SEND to consider the widest possible range of careers.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    Subject teachers should be encouraged to help students recognise how the skills and knowledge they develop through their subjects will support students to make successful transitions.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
    Schools should support students to develop employability skills including entrepreneurial skills.
  6. Experiences of workplaces
    By the age of 16 students should have had at least one experience of a workplace By the age of 18 students ought to have had at least one further experience of a workplace.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
    Students must be clear about Raising the Participation Age (RPA) regulations 16-18.
  8. Personal guidance
    Every student ought have opportunities for guidance with a qualified careers adviser whenever significant study or career choices are being made.