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Teaching Teachers About Careers

Suggested Age Range: Teachers and Support Staff
Hours to Prepare & Review: 8
Type of Activity: Workshops

Charlotte Selley, Penrice Academy’s Careers Leader organised a whole school Careers CPD session for Teachers and Face-to-Face Support Staff to help increase the knowledge and understanding of Charlotte’s role, along with how the whole school can help to improve Careers Advice and Guidance.

The secondary school hosted a series of Gatsby Benchmark workshops for over 100 Penrice Academy teachers and face-to-face support staff. The aim of the workshops was to implement a whole school approach towards achieving the recognised standard of good Careers Advice and Guidance; the Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define quality careers provision in schools and colleges founded by the Gatsby Foundation.

Charlotte Selley, Penrice Academy Careers Leader and winner of the Careers and Enterprise Company Careers Leader of the Year 2018, organised the Gatsby Benchmarks workshops. She said: “This was an opportunity to launch the Gatsby Benchmarks to the staff and provide them with supporting external partners who work with our students. Staff received a range of useful resources and links. We are extremely grateful to everyone who assisted with the event.”

The workshops were hosted by key careers partners working with Penrice Academy:

  • Amazing Apprenticeships (Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education)
  • Careers4U (Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance)
  • Careers Hub CIoS (Introduction to the Gatsby Benchmarks, why they are important and how to embed them into the curriculum).
  • Future First (Benchmark 5 –Encounters with Employees and Employers)
  • National Citizen Service (Benchmark 3 – Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil)
  • Next Steps South West (Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education)

Sarah Hathaway, Penrice Academy’s Enterprise Adviser attended the day to reflect on further work Penrice Academy could be doing to achieve their aim of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. She said: “The event was a great success. The teachers involved learnt a lot about what the partners are already delivering by working with the school and their students, and what options are open to them in the future. The message that the whole school is involved in careers delivery came across loud and strong, and I’m sure it will go some way to edging Penrice Academy closer to achieving all the Benchmarks.”

Key note speaker Carrie Holmes, Careers Hub Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Lead, set the Gatsby Benchmark scene, showcasing the importance of the event. She said: “A careers leader has the responsibility to implement a robust careers programme in a school but the delivery of that programme should not rest on their shoulders alone. It was great to be part of this whole staff training event demonstrating the high level of enthusiasm and commitment of staff at Penrice to work with employers and other partners in order to help young people progress in to great careers.”

Click below to download the agenda for the day.