At Eggar’s School, the main goals of our Careers provision are to encourage student aspirations and achievement whilst creating awareness of the opportunities.We support our students to make informed decisions and the right choice for their next steps, whether that is employment, further or higher education. We work to with students to develop the skills needed to achieve their desired career in fast a changing employment and educational landscape. We regularly review our careers programme against the 'Gatsby benchmarks', which is a framework of best practice.
Year 8 students receive an introduction to the world of work and careers in Philosophy and Personal Development lessons, via our online tool Career Pilot. This careers software allows students to investigate different employability options that they find interesting, in addition to analysing their own strengths, abilities and interests, and how these complement certain career options. The students carry out an independent Project Style Homework presenting research related to their future career choices. Assemblies to students and parents begin outlining the decision making process for Options and a 1-1 interview with a Senior Leader takes place in Spring. During National Careers Week Students have ‘mock’ interviews with a local employer, enjoying the experience of speaking about themselves in this formal setting.
In Year 9, students start their GCSE subject study and begin to discover how these subjects will influence their Post 16 choices. Visits to local colleges begin for some students and these are related to their interests.
During the Spring National Careers Week invites employers to display in our school and on rotation the year groups are free to visit this small careers fair.
Our Eggar’s Experience programme invites employees and employers from a vast range of careers in to give small presentations to students on career opportunities. These are open to all students, but attended by those interested in these areas after school. They are often referred to as Masterclasses. Students are consulted in the areas that they would like talks on from local colleges and a Taster Session from the colleagues in post at those colleges leads to discussion about further career opportunities. Visits further afield to Higher Education Institutions begin in smaller groups for those invited and willing to participate. An example of this is our visit to Oxford, Guildford and Bath Spa Universities.
All Year 9 students are introduced to apprenticeships with a presentation during assembly to present the alternative to Post 16 ‘A’ Level provision. What it means to undertake an apprenticeship, the pay and qualifications and the different career possibilities is all explained, including the routes into Higher Education following an apprenticeship if sought.
A small minority of students are invited to attend the Future Skills Centre and Sparsholt College one day a week during Yr10 and Yr11 to study courses made available.
Year 9 have a Microsoft Teams channel for their year group that regularly advertises opportunities to gain experience and see Post 16 settings virtually or in person.
A major focus for Year 10 students is their application for Work Experience (completed in Summer of Year 10). Our partners Education Business Partnership supports students and families in finding an appropriate placement, with advice and guidance on how to apply, and get through a potential interview process.
In preparation for future college applications, representatives from local colleges attend most Parents Evenings but also come in to make specific presentations to students in school. The form Tutor and Progress Leader supports the students with their personal statements and discusses decisions and choices as part of the tutoring programme.
Students receive regular information about college events and open days. Eggar’s continues to offer tailored trips for students considering attending Havant and South Downs College (Alton) and Sparsholt College, Future Skills Centre and Basingstoke College of Technology.
Year 10 have a Microsoft Teams channel for their year group that regularly advertises opportunities to gain experience and see Post 16 settings virtually or in person.
During the autumn term in Year 11, every student has a career guidance interview with an external careers adviser from or partners Education Business Partnership, where they can discuss their ideas for the future. Students receive a personalised action plan by email soon afterwards, which summarises the key points of the interview and signposts them towards relevant websites and other sources of information. Parents have access to this information via their children’s Microsoft Teams accounts.
Eggar’s Tutors support all pupils with their application to their chosen college or training centre, advice given on application form completion and coping strategies for potential interviews. Interviews for colleges such as Peter Symonds, Guildford, HSDC, Basingstoke and Sparsholt are likely to happen throughout the year.
When available, we also arrange small groups of students to visit local Higher Education Fairs, these provide an excellent opportunity for prospective students to meet university representatives, discuss issues about higher education. Alternatively, we offer this in school by inviting former pupils to come and discuss their experiences of university.
Year 11 have a Microsoft Teams channel for their year group that regularly advertises opportunities to gain experience and see Post 16 settings virtually or in person
June 2021 (to be reviewed July 2022)
Life beyond Eggar’s
Please see the document attached below (Year 11 Destination Data 2020), which shows a summary of the last few years of careers destinations for students in Year 11. Students in the other category may have relocated to other countries or decided under data protection rights not to submit their data. As you will note the vast majority of our students move on to either Sixth Form Colleges or Further Education Colleges and there has been a similar pattern for a number of years.
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