Careers Information, Advice and Guidance at William Perkin:
William Perkin C of E High School is committed to preparing students for future success in education, employment and training. Our comprehensive Careers programme uses the Gatsby Benchmarks & The Baker Clause to develop and implement our Careers provision and enable a range of education and training providers to regularly engage with all students across Year 7-13. Within our Careers programme, all students receive unbiased and impartial information about potential next steps and high quality careers guidance. We aim to provide high quality, meaningful opportunities for students to encounter the world of work and teach students a range of employability skills to ensure they have a successful future in the workplace. Our vision for Careers supports our whole school ethos (John 10:10) of nurturing students unique gifts, skills and talents and ensuring students enjoy ‘life in all its fullness’ and engage positively with their future life choices.
Careers Leadership at William Perkin:
The Careers Leader at William Perkin is Ms Beth Gandy. As a school, all staff including Teachers, Tutors, Support Staff, Heads of Year, Heads of Department and Senior Leadership Team are committed to supporting the Careers programme.
The contact details for Careers & Work Experience are:
- Ms Beth Gandy (CIAG Lead): [email protected]
- Careers: [email protected]
- Work Experience: [email protected]
Both our school website and COPIA contain regular updates about our Careers programme including events, opportunities, talks and Careers Bulletins.
Supporting William Perkin's Careers Programme:
If you or a family member or friend are a business or employer, education or training provider and could support William Perkin with our Careers programme (including Work Experience placements, Careers talks, networking opportunities) please do contact us as we are always looking to expand our network of employers and education providers.
Careers Guidance in schools - Statutory Frameworks:
In December 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) published a new Careers Strategy for secondary schools followed by statutory guidance in January 2018. Schools must have an appointed Careers Leader and a Careers Information, Advice & Guidance (CIAG) Programme for each academic year. Schools should be meeting the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks (outlined below):
The Gatsby Benchmarks:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
The Baker Clause:
In January 2018, the DfE also introduced ‘The Baker Clause’ as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017. The Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training provider’s access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. It is expected that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy.
To ensure we are compliant with The Baker Clause, we have developed excellent links & partnerships with the following organisations & providers, who regularly run assemblies, talks, small group sessions & workshops for our students:
- Local colleges (Including West London College, Brentford FC Post 16 Football Education Programme, Richmond College, Harrow College, Uxbridge College, Global Academy)
- ASK Programme (Apprenticeship, Support & Knowledge)
- Speakers for schools
- Job Centre Plus
Quality Assurance within our Careers provision:
The quality of a school’s Career provision will be based on:
- How the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical and vocational
- The Broader development of students; enabling students to discover interests and talents
- How students are prepared for future success in their next steps
- How schools promote an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all students
In order to regularly evaluate our Careers provision, we complete annual COMPASS audits to track our progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
We are confident that our Careers provision is wide ranging, inclusive and diverse. Within our Pastoral Programme, Wider learning offer, Curriculum and additional Careers IAG provisions, we feel that we are giving students the right support, knowledge and skills to be successful in their future at William Perkin and beyond.
As always, we are open to receiving feedback & suggestions for further ways to continue to develop & refine our Careers programme.
Ms Beth Gandy
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 8832 8950
This page will next be reviewed and updated August 2024.
Careerometer and Skillsometer provide an easy way to get access to labour market information.
Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation. Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.
Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji which shows how you feel about each statement. You will then be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing. For each job, you will be presented with some headline UK data.
To view the Twyford CofE Academies Trust full careers policy please refer to the Wider Learning and Information, Advice and Guidance Policy below.
The Twyford CofE Academies Trust Provider Access Policy sets out circumstances in which providers of technical education and apprenticeships will be given access to Year 8-13 pupils.
The Twyford CofE Academies Trust Work Experience Policy sets out responsibilities and arrangements for work experience.
Year 10 Work Experience
Year 10 Work Experience advice is available for students who require assistance with contacts and placements, as well as assistance with their CVs and cover letters. Application forms must be completed by your placement main contact.
Queries can be directed to [email protected]
If you have any contacts, or are able to provide work experience for any of our Year 10 students, please do get in touch.
Please complete the Parental Consent form for work experience.
Year 12 Work Experience
Please complete the Year 12 Parental Consent form for work experience.