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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

As a QEGS student, this is what you can expect your careers programme to look like, based around the government’s Gatsby Benchmarks:


Careers and Citizenship at QEGS: Student Programme

Gatsby Benchmark

Careers and Citizenship at QEGS will provide the following opportunities to meet this benchmark…

1) A stable careers programme

  • Year 7: Self-awareness and work related learning is covered in the personal development programme
  • Year 8: Careers module covering employability qualities
  • Year 9: Careers module covering careers research and GCSE options
  • Year 9: Introduction to higher education module covered in citizenship
  • Year 10: Apprenticeships are introduced and explored
  • Year 10: Work related learning modules covered
  • Year 11: Careers module covering work experience  and post 16 options
  • Year 12: CV’s and interview skills citizenship module
  • Year 12: Careers module covering UCAS applications, apprenticeships and student finance

2) Learning from career and labour market information

  • All years: Careers libraries in the school library and sixth form study room
  • Year 9: Options evening with guest speakers to inform on the different routes
  • Year 10: Citizenship modules covering ‘Rights at Work’ and ‘Trade Unions’
  • Year 12: National and local labour market module covered

3) Addressing the needs of each pupil

  • Year 9: Individual strengths and weaknesses profiling in citizenship
  • Year 9: Lesson in citizenship module challenging stereotypical thinking
  • Year 9: ‘Stop the clock’ student interviews
  • Year 10 onwards: Personal careers planning
  • Year 11: Detailed action plans developed from careers interviews
  • Year 11: ‘Stop the clock’ student interviews
  • Year 11: Transitions Evening focusing on next steps
  • Year 12: Each student is assigned an academic tutor
  • Post 18: Destination data monitored

4) Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • All years: Links to careers within subject lessons
  • Year 9: Options evening, ‘Careers in this subject’ discussions to support GCSE options process

5) Encounters with employers and employees

  • Year 10-13: Careers fair supported by local business and alumni members
  • Year 12: Mock job interviews with local business volunteers
  • Year 12: Challenge of management days, local business leaders act as advisors

6) Experiences of workplaces

  • All years: Young Enterprise Scheme event attended
  • Year 11: Work experience for a week
  • Year 12: students encouraged to complete work experience
  • Year 13: Work experience is an option for enrichment lessons

7) Encounters with further and higher education

  • Year 10: ‘First Steps to Study’ programme with Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Year 11: National Citizen Service promoted and students encouraged
  • Year 12: Visit to a Higher Education Convention at the University of Lincoln
  • Year 12: ‘Next Steps to Study’ programme with Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Year 12: Information for, and support with attending university open days provided
  • Year 12: Post 18 information evening attended by visiting speakers from local universities

8) Personal guidance

  • Y9-13: Students referred for 1:1 guidance interviews
  • Year 11: 1:1 guidance interviews for all students with an external careers advisor
  • Year 11-13: external careers advisor is available at one parents evening for each year group
  • Year 12: Each student is assigned an academic tutor