Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout. A school’s careers programme should actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations. Schools should keep systematic records of the individual advice given to each student and subsequent agreed decisions. All students should have access to these records to support their career development. Schools should collect and maintain accurate data for each student on their education, training or employment destinations for at least three years after they leave school.
Challenge gender norms
- Modern Muse is striving to eradicate the gender pay gap by empowering girls to lead in the world’s top industries. The charity building a network of Youth Ambassadors in secondary schools The website connects girls to hundreds of women (Muses) working in a variety of careers, who support the girls to develop leadership skills.
- PWC Tech We Can lesson plans - these resources can be used for boys and girls, but focus on inspiring more females to enter technology careers.
- Girls Who Code Clubs are free programmes designed to get girls aged 11-18 excited about computer science. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and engaging online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. Clubs are designed to be run by anyone, regardless of experience with computer science. The club overview flyer includes all programme details
Support all young people with SEND
The Gatsby Foundation, Talentino and The Careers and Enterprise Company have produced Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Sector
Lesson plans and resources to teach employability skillls to students with SEND
- Support young people to identify their skills with Sacu Student
- An overview of aspects of CEIAG for SEND pupils, and related links can be found here
- A set of 11 lesson plans specifically designed by Talentino to use with young people with additional needs
- A guide to work experience that gives advice to schools, families and employers
- You will find lots of case studies and top tips for schools and employers in this complete guide as well as lots of help on fulfilling the Gatsby Benchmarks here
- A guide to Supported Internships which employers can use as a step by step guide from an employer who has made a big difference to young people’s lives
- The Education and Training Foundation has created a large number of SEND resources
- A series of easy read guides for people with learning difficulties to help them find employment
Track students' destinations
- While students are still at school:
- Use SIMS or equivalent MI system to track your learners
- Use Tracker - The Careers and Enterprise Company's careers dashboard - to record students' participation in careers activities
- Record the results of students' formal conversations about careers - for example, in a ‘what's next?’ form, a careers action plan, or a written a summary of their 1-2-1 with a careers guidance professional
- Use an e-portfolio to record information about their activities and learning. Some of the products available are: Grofar, Start, Kloodle
- Identify students aged 16 to 17 who are likely to be at risk of becoming NEET so that you can support them with the help of YES (Eastbourne office 01323 410803, Hastings office 01424 722045).
- Once students have left school:
- Follow up with those at risk of being NEET in liaison with YES
- Speak to colleges and training providers to establish which school leavers are on college courses or in pre and post 16 training options
- Use social media and alumni networks to try and fill any gaps in information.