Careers Education at Boundary Oak School

Careers Education (CE) is delivered through PSHE lessons, tutor and form time, as well as through additional special events such as assemblies, visiting speakers, trips and careers fairs. 

At Boundary Oak, we have been able to send pupils on incredible visits to motorsport workshops, the West End of London, the Air Traffic Control Centre and to Rolls Royce in Chichester.

These are timetabled at appropriate points throughout the academic year.

Additional CE activities, such as Start careers profile, bespoke work experience, Morrisby testing, UNLOC leadership training and UNLOC Enterprise Days, careers events and college visits, to mention a few, are also arranged to enhance this programme. 

The Start profile affords pupils the opportunity of having 365 day access to a careers library and personal profile which they can continually add to. The individual career package allows the pupils the opportunity to examine different careers areas as well as helping them to collect their successes and store them electronically in readiness for the time they attend a college or job interview. 

Once pupils have selected their GCSE option choices in Year 9, and examined these alongside their Morrisby scores, they are encouraged to begin thinking about the implications that these choices might have on their eventual careers and more importantly sixth form applications. 

Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Online resources have been specifically chosen to help parents become more involved and they are kept up to date with careers related information through letters, newsletters and at open evenings. 

Parents are invited to complete an annual survey to volunteer their help with interviews, CV and letter writing, and offer work experience where possible. 

We also welcome parents to host assemblies and career talks as well as inviting them to a hot-desking afternoon to impart their knowledge and advice to pupils.

Boundary Oak School Careers Education and Guidance policy has the following aims:

  • encourage students to be ambitious, broaden their horizons and explore their own career aspirations throughout their life at school 
  • ensure students’ readiness to take their next step in their learning or career
  • Boundary Oak follows the principles of the Gatsby Benchmarks 

The objectives for the careers programme are as follows: 

  • helping students to understand the changing world of work 
  • facilitating meaningful encounters with employers for all students 
  • supporting positive transitions post-16 
  • enabling students to develop the research skills to find out about opportunities 
  • helping students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work 
  • encouraging participation in continued learning, including further and higher education and apprenticeships 
  • supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity 
  • contributing to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation. 

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