Ernest Bevin College is incredibly proud of the outstanding destination outcomes of its students. This excellence is the result of the hard work of students and teachers, but also of our exemplary careers education, information, advice and guidance. We are committed to a high quality programme for all students from Year 7 to Year 13.
Careers activities include:
- Career guidance activities (group work and individual careers interviews)
- Personalised one-to-one interviews at transition stages (Years 10, 11, 12/13)
- Work-related learning (including one week’s work experience in both Year 10 and Year 12)
- Careers’ lessons as part of the Citizenship curriculum and Careers’ assemblies for every year group
- Information and research activities
- Curriculum sessions including those devoted to Careers and Work Related Learning
- Visits to work places
- Peer Mentor sessions
- Workshops in a variety of career topics
- Workshops and sessions supporting further education including, introduction to UCAS evening, a number of UCAS application support workshops, junior University sessions, University visits and UCAS Exhibition on Higher Education.
- Guest speakers/visitor talks on specific careers and apprenticeships e.g. The National Apprenticeship Week
- Apprenticeship Week
- Mock interview sessions
- CV and personal statement sessions
- Providing references for work and other opportunities including Summer School programmes, e.g. Sutton Trust+ LSE Pathways, LSE Choice
- Promoting STEM related careers
- The careers noticeboard is regularly updated with career opportunities and local labour market information. Students can also find careers information ont he careers noticeboards in the library and Sixth Form study area.
Becky Heyes, Assistant Principal.
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Further information about Careers and Work Related Learning can be accessed by clicking the links below
The primary way we judge the impact of our careers programme is through our destinations data. In 2018 we had two year 13 leavers at risk of NEET; in 2019 it was three. For the last eight years over one hundred students have left year 13 for university. The number of year 13 leavers going on to apprenticeships has grown from under ten in 2017 to over thirty in 2019.
- A structured programme of timetabled careers lessons for all year groups
- Face to face, independent & impartial careers guidance from external professionals (1 day a week)
- Collaborating with teachers in charge of Work Related Learning, PSHEE and Citizenship
- Close Liaison with the Head of SEN to support SEN students appropriately
- Utilising online resources and mentoring/work experience opportunities including Pure Potential, Access Professions and PLOTR
- Encouraging students to utilise Sutton Trust residential courses, UNIQ, University of London Taster Courses, widening participation programmes at LSE, Kings College London, UCL and St George’s, University of London amongst others
- Parents/Carers Information Evenings to enable transition at 13+ and 16+
- Close liaison with Heads of Year 11, 12 &13 to manage those potential NEET students and provide structured support to minimise/eliminate this possibility.
In Year 9 there is an options evenings in January where the optional courses are outlined to boys and their parents to ensure all students can make an informed decision about the appropriate courses to follow in Key Stage 4.
In Years 10 & 11 Careers Lessons focus on skills such as writing your CV, interview techniques and writing letters of application. Opportunities for enrichment and volunteering are offered through various school trips and enrichment activities including the Combined Cadet Force.
Year 10 students undertake a 1-week Work Experience placement after October half term and employers are vetted for Health & Safety by the Wandsworth Education Business Partnership (BEST). This is a centralised agency for all schools in Wandsworth who also help find many placements. Students may make their own arrangements with employers.
Year 11 are invited to a Sixth Form information evening and encouraged to try taster sessions for Sixth Form courses. They will meet with a senior member of staff to discuss their future plans. The majority 75-80% of Year 11 students stay on at Ernest Bevin for Sixth Form.
In the Sixth Form, all students have a timetabled Careers lesson every week which covers UCAS – the university application process, student finance, gap years and apprenticeships. Help in completing Personal Statements and application forms is available on a one to one basis.
To find out more about Careers advice in the Sixth Form at EBC click the link below