Academic: Career Guidance

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Career Guidance at TBSHS

Our Vision

The Careers Service aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, information and skills required to make informed choices about suitable courses at School, College and University and about the opportunities available with regard to jobs in the ‘real world’.

The Service aims to enable pupils to receive accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance about the options which are open to them and the progression routes to which those options lead.

To achieve these aims pupils have Careers and Work Related Learning lessons as part of PSHE, compulsory Work Experience in Years 10 and 12 – plus any additional work experience in the Sixth Form as and when required.  There are numerous careers themed careers assemblies throughout the school year for all year groups including presentations on different further education options.

Pupils also have access to the school’s Careers Advisor   as well as access to a comprehensive careers library, housed within the main school library.  Refreshed weekly, both the student Daily Notices and the Parent Bulletin also highlight many opportunities available plus there are links to websites with tips and advice for careers, apprenticeships and further education.



Department for Education

The Department for Education’s new strategy for careers in schools aims to establish eight benchmarks for ‘good career guidance’; they highlight the importance of careers provision ensuring that schools make use of high-quality information, tailor provision and embed Career Learning into the curriculum.  There is also emphasis on student access to employers and encounters with all forms of education and training, plus access to personal guidance.  The Bishop’s Stortford High School’s established careers programme has long since recognised the importance of careers guidance – hence our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement last year. We try to nurture our student’s aspirations and inspire them to do better; the advantages of a good careers programme are recognised.  However, times are changing and with a third of the capital’s jobs likely to be replaced by robots and technology in the next 30 years (BBC), we need to look ahead and ensure our students are receiving specific expertise on the labour market and educational pathways. There are jobs available today that didn’t exist 30 years ago; an App Designer is a good example. What will be its equivalent in 30 years?

On leaving education, young people face greater competition for work from older workers delaying retirement and graduates taking jobs once the preserve of non-graduates.  The proximity of Brexit highlights the importance of home-grown skills - important for the future of the UK economy. It is in everyone’s interests that young people make decisions to go into courses and jobs that make good use of their talents, in which they will be able to succeed and which relate in some way to what the economy needs.

Bringing employers into a school has been proven to really make a difference to students.  Inspiring the Future have done research that shows young people who have four or more meaningful encounters with employers while at school are 85% less likely to be unemployed in future and can expect to earn more than students who had no such encounters. During the academic year 2017-2018, Years 7-11 received assembly presentations from Hertfordshire County Council’s School Age Employment Officer Martin Cooke, Assistant Principal, Wendy Martin, of the new Stansted Airport College, Trisha Seecharran, Project Coordinator at Inspiring the Future, Aaron Bailey, Manager Barclays Bank, Gareth Dace, Senior Enterprise Coordinator  from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Louise Turner, Deputy Principal, Harlow College, Sarah Bouvier, Education Liaison Advisor, University of Hertfordshire, the Army (where you can find over 150 different career paths), Sporting Futures Training, Raytheon (defence contractor and industrial corporation), Unifrog providing students with tailor made, on-line, post-18 options, Bernadette Merry, Financial Advisor, National Westminster, and The National Citizenship Service (personal and social development programme for 15–17 year olds).

Programmes of Study

Careers Education and Guidance at TBSHS currently follows the statutory programme, providing a planned programme of Careers Education throughout the school. Information about opportunities in learning and work with advice and guidance is given.

The programme of Careers Education takes place in Years 7 to 9 as part of the PSHE framework. Individual guidance is given by tutors and on dedicated target days.  In Year 7, Work Related Learning (WRL) is delivered as part of PHSE, through modules on friendship, family relationships and personal qualities. Each of these help students to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures

In Year 8, WRL is again delivered as part of PHSE. A comprehensive programme to help students with options choices is in place from the beginning of the year. Students have access to The Real Game, a software package used to help students understand a potential career choice, options evening and meetings with subject leaders and tutors.

In Years 9, 10 and 11 students have individual guidance by tutors and academic mentoring to track progress. As the major part of WRL, the whole Year 10 cohort of students go out on Work Experience in July each year and they have access to the school’s Careers Advisor;  Year 11 take priority with regard to access to our advisor. The Headteacher and Senior Management interview Year 11 pupils with regard to their future options.

In Years 10 & 12 pupils follow a programme, which covers; the skills required in the modern world, applying for jobs, the curriculum vitae, completing application forms, WRL and preparing for Work Experience.

In Year 11 pupils follow a programme covering economic wellbeing, including skills for enterprise and employability, how businesses operate and how to make informed career choices. Some students are selected to be involved in apprenticeship talks and all students listen to a careers talk about post 16 options.

For Sixth Form information, please see ‘Life After TBSHS’ within the Sixth Form section of the school’s website

Careers Forum Years 10 – 13 Wednesday 24th October 2018

Students from Years 10-13 were invited to the school’s eighth biennial Careers Forum on 24th October – the most successful Forum and possibly the largest event held by the school to date.  Well over 60 exhibitors visited the school representing over 100 professions plus there were representatives from both Further and Higher Education. We welcomed all of the armed services, fire and police, plus national and local companies; from law to scaffolding, medicine to surveying and architecture to cyber security. In a friendly and informal setting and based on a Careers ‘Fair’, the students circulated and dropped in amongst the stands to find out about A level options, apprenticeships, university entry requirements plus careers from the visiting employers. Approximately 500 students attended which made for a very busy evening for the exhibitors and organisers!

Claire Jonas
Careers Lead
The Bishop’s Stortford High School





















The Bishop’s Stortford High School would like to thank the following employers & educators who kindly gave up their time for the benefit of our students:

Aim Apprenticeships CIC
Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop's Stortford Fire Station
Bishop's Stortford Independent
Bishop's Stortford Police
CCLA Investment
Connect Scaffolding
Contexture Theatre
Down Hall Hotel & Spa
Down Hall Hotel & Spa
Fashion Retail Academy
Ford Motor Company
Freelance Photographer
Harlow College
Hill Developers
HTS Group (Property Repairs) Maintenance & Environment
Institute of Mechanical Engineers
ITVet Ltd
James Davis Physiotherapy
Lloyds Life/London Market Group
Manor of Groves
McLarens Loss Adjusters
Openreach Ltd
PHD Associates
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Project Trust
Raytheon UK
RCA Structures
Restless Ltd
Royal Navy
Rye Street Group
Scantlebury Farm/Bennington Farm
Sporting Futures
Stanley Tees
Stansted Airport Academy
Stansted Airport College
Stort Physio
The Orthodontist Practice
Titan Airways
University of East Anglia
University of Hertfordshire
Weston Homes
William Alexander/Amy Liddell
Writtle College
Xercise4Less, Harlow

Careers Websites

Top websites that young people might find useful are:– Jobs and training for young people, careers sections, opportunities & includes vacancies for School leavers - Nationwide directory of apprenticeships Higher Education courses and apprenticeships

Start Excellent free website with questionnaire, articles, careers videos & info.

Icould Buzz Quiz takes five minutes and identifies your ‘animal’ profile! Results include strengths & likely suitable careers areas, videos & articles.

All About Careers Info & advice – springboard into job market for students, graduates & school leavers.

National Careers Service Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.  Info on CVs, skills health check reports, action plans, course searches, job profiles and help to find a job.

UK Coursefinder University & HE search

Sacu Student Questionnaire with links to HE subjects/courses plus careers info & labour market info.

UCAS 16-18 pages Routes open to you post-16 and careers ideas

The Big Choice Apprenticeship & careers advice

Total Jobs Jobs & careers advice

Prospects Online careers advice and - are both directories of UK further education courses - is a link to a directory of services available via the government website


Stop Press!!
National Careers Week 2019 - 4th - 9th March

National Careers Week & National Apprenticeship Week 2018

The biggest careers events of the year take place this week - National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week; a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. Their aims are to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar and help support young people leaving education. Careers and Apprenticeship Weeks also encourage us to bring together students and advisers through special careers events and activities.

Please find below just some of the information rolled out to our students.


There are many websites dedicated to information and opportunities, please find below links to just some that are available:

Government Website – National Apprenticeship Week  Click here

Find an Apprenticeship  Click here

Information on Apprenticeship Roles click here

Key Facts Click here

Apprenticeship Guide Explore the following website - it has some excellent information on apprenticeships

Click here and click here

‘All About Apprenticeships’  Click here

Everything you need to know about Degree Apprenticeships Click here

What to look for in Apprenticeships Click here

Finally - How Much is the Apprenticeship Wage? Click here

See Post-16 Brochure & Options for more local Colleges and Further Education contacts


National Careers Week

Here’s a link to the NCS home page – you can even download the 2016 magazine which is packed full of fantastic careers advice plus information on jobs of the future.

Motivation Monday! See link to find 60 Second Interviews and maybe find a job role you can identify with.What draws them to the profession? What do they think looks challenging? 60 Second Job Tours

Talent Tuesday Every job requires young people to have a range of skills. Challenge yourself to discover the key skills that you might already have, this may help: check out this guide to the skills that employers want.  Make a checklist of what skills you have already and which that need work.

Career Zone Wednesday Wednesday’s challenge from Success at Schools is to head over to Career Zones. These pages give you the low-down on what all the work sectors are and what roles students could do. What roles match their skills? What careers do you like the sound of? If you’re ready for the next step, jump on to the Employers page, where you can read about different organisations and see what they're looking for in employees.

CV Template Thursday. Now you've got some skills & work experience under your belts, it's time to give your CV's a makeover.  Start by reading this guide which covers all the CV dos and don'ts.  Then, use this template to create your own CV  CV – Writing a Blinder

Friday Fun-day  Make working on your career and fun – complete your profiles by looking at the subjects section. What are you studying? What are you gaining from each? Explore here

Tutor Group Discussion: Form Tutor Time; Topics for Discussion

Entrepreneurial careers