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INTRODUCTION

Vision

Our vision at Moorside High School is to ensure all our students are able to make aspirational, realistic and informed choices; develop the skills, aptitudes and attitudes to achieve their personal best; and are prepared for post 16 pathways and the world of work.

There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations. It is important to recognise the new opportunities that are available for young people and look to gain the knowledge and expertise that will enable them to work in those areas.

Aim

Our aim is for every student to achieve their personal best. In careers education, this translates as every student making the right choices for their progression. We support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions. By helping students with decisions at key transition points, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work and a wide range of careers, we aim to prepare them for the world of work whichever pathway they choose.

At Moorside High School, our intentions are…

  • To raise students’ aspirations and to broaden their horizons
  • To inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points in learning and work 
  • To provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential
  • To provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work
  • To develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment 
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity 
  • To support students to see learning and careers development as a life-long process

Gatsby Benchmarks

Moorside High School has been working in partnership with the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub to embed and support the achievement of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. We have been in receipt of the Quality in Careers Award since November 2019.

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme. Every school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents/carers, teachers, governors and employers. 

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information. Every student and their parents/carers should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser. 

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths. 

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. 

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace. 

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Our Careers Leadership Team comprises of Mrs Grant (Deputy Head) and Mr Gordon, who is our full time Level 6 qualified Careers Adviser. They can be contacted on georginagrant@moorside.staffs.sch.uk, lgordon@moorside.staffs.sch.uk or 01782 551200.

We are pleased to be supported by…

Beverley Ashley, Enterprise Coordinator for the Stoke & Staffordshire Careers and Enterprise Company.

Helen Dos Santos, Life Coach at Horizons Coaching.

Carl Bradshaw, Contracts Manager for St Modwen Homes.

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