At Herschel, we provide a comprehensive programme of careers education plus information, advice and guidance through these website pages, our Careers Library and small group or one-to-one meetings with Helen Cole, our Careers Adviser from Adviza.
We have been awarded Stage 1 of the Investor in Careers award, which involves us reviewing our whole careers programme right from careers policy to individual lesson content, ensuring that we fully meet all of the statutory requirements and lots of the non-statutory ones too, evaluating the programme in the light of input from staff, students and parents.
Use the links on the left hand menu to navigate your way around our careers pages.
Mr D Wilkins (Careers Leader)
Mrs T Gumbs (Sixth Form Careers)
Mrs Aileen Sinclair (School Careers Adviser)
Mrs Sinclair is in the school Careers Library most Thursday lunchtimes between September and March providing a drop-in advice service - students from any year group are welcome.
As usual, we will have impartial and professional careers advice available in school on the days exam results are collected. There is also further support provided locally for students and parents with next steps; see details on the flyer below.
There is still access to a countrywide Exam Results Helpline, provided by the National Careers Service, which uses the same phone number on which you can always access careers advice right the way through the year.
The DfE released a new statutory guidance document in January 2018, including a number of new requirements for school careers programmes, most of which are to be met by the end of 2020. Many of the requirements are already met at Herschel, but we will be working towards those that are not.
The most immediate requirement is for all schools to have a policy for 'Provider Access' so that everyone is clear on how and when outside organisations will be allowed access to Herschel students to promote other educational routes and training opportunities. We have now updated our Careers and WRL policy document to reflect this; it can be found under 'School Information' and then 'Statutory Information'.
As a Herschel student, this is what you can expect your careers programme to look like, based around the governments's Gatsby Benchmarks:
You can now get immediate and personal careers advice from the National Careers Service via phone, text or online chat.
Loud is an informative and supportive guide for 16-19 year olds, to assist them with their next stage in higher education.