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Careers & Work Related Learning

What is Careers & Work Related Learning?

At Bacon’s College, we are fully committed in providing a planned programme of careers education for all students in years 7 – 13 to support their future choices through our Work-Related Learning Programme. This plays a pivotal role in motivating our students and realising their full potential at Bacon’s College and beyond.
We offer outstanding and rewarding opportunities for students in year 7 -13 to prepare them for challenges in their working life. Supported by our Exams and Careers Co-ordinator, Katie Burgess and our Consultant Career Advisor, our students are offered personal guidance to ensure their needs are being met.
By following the Gatsby Benchmarks, it empowers are young people to manage their own future and raise their aspirations.

Click here to view the Work-Related Journey which highlights the benchmarks and provides an indication to parents and our young people of what opportunities they will encounter at Bacon’s College.

Click here to view Bacon's College Careers Plan which sets out how the College  provides Careers and Work Related Learning.

Click here for Bacon’s College Provider Access Policy


The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Sixth form Provision
At Bacon’s College we ensure that our 6th form students remain well informed, focused and enthusiastic about their plans for the future. We do this by planning a comprehensive programme of activities from visits to and from Employers; Providing the opportunity of 1:1 careers guidance throughout their time within our 6th form; Labour Market Information and Occupational talks by guess speakers; Participatory workshops providing the 6th formers with relevant advice and information about applying to universities and degree apprenticeships.
We utilise the 8 Gatsby Bench mark, and the attached booklet will provide an overview of activities undertaken within the 6th form that aid the journey of our students from school to employment, apprenticeship or university.


Who is on the Work Related Learning team?

Katie Burgess
Exams and Careers Co-ordinator
Tel: 0207 237 1928  Ext: 4016

Yvonne Levenefearnside
Careers Consultant

Date of next review of Careers & Work Related Learning information - February 2022


What does Bacon’s offer?

- Careers interviews for all students in yr 10 & 11 (yr 8, 9, 12 & 13 on demand)
- An annual Careers Fair
- A Vocational pathway for selected students
- One week of Work Experience for all in Key Stage 5
- Career talks and information from professionals
- Enterprise Days
- Visits to employers and businesses through curriculum areas
- Business mentoring with local employers
- Careers interviews for all students most in yr 10 & 11
- Activity days at local universities

These opportunities will...
- Develop your interpersonal and employability skills
- Increases your motivation to do well at school
- Encourage personal development
- Enable you to see the relevance of school subjects
- Helps identify personal strengths
- Allow you success in a new environment

Career Advice

Need help thinking about life beyond Bacon’s? If you are in Year 8 – 13 you are entitled to independent careers advice. At Bacon’s, Yvonne Levene-Fearnside will provide this for you, she is our career advisor. Yvonne will be happy to answer any questions you may have relating to work, higher education or subject options. All students will have at least one appointment whilst in Keystage 4. If you would like an appointment, please contact k.burgess@baconscollege.co.uk

Work Experience

Bacon’s College work experience takes place in Year 12 and lasts for one week. Students are encouraged to find their own placements within areas they have interest. If students have not found a placement by a specific deadline, a place will be found for them but it may not be in their field of interest.

What other opportunities are there?

Careers Fair
In March, a variety of businesses, universities and colleges visited Bacon’s Career Fair. Those from yr 10-13 had the opportunity to collect information and gain an understanding of careers. Next year we plan for an equally successful event. Come along, ask questions and discover the opportunities out there.

Career Talks
In the Spring Term, there is a programme of ‘Career Talks’ on different types of jobs and careers. Professionals come in and talk to the students in Key Stage 4 and 5 about their experiences within their profession, to provide a unique insight into that field. We are always looking for speakers for this event and welcome ex-students and parents to contact us if they would like to deliver a session.

Business Enterprise Days
All students will attend an Enterprise Workshop (Yr10) and Personal Finance Workshop (Yr9).

All such events will be advertised by email and on the Work Related Learning notice board as they occur. Apart from the compulsory events, these places are usually allocated on a first come first served basis, but if students are behind in their studies, they will not be allowed to attend.

University Links
Many universities offer career taster days and summer schools we are always keen to send students on such activities as long as they are up to date in their studies. For the last few years we have always participated in the following events:

Partnerships and Linked Companies
Ernst & Young, Lewisham College, MERLIN, Southwark Education Business Alliance, South London Gallery, The Brokerage, RBC, Hogan Lovell, SJ Berwing, Superhero TV, King’s College and Microsoft.

Bacon’s College collaborates with organisations representing all sectors to deliver effective work based opportunities to all pupils.

The school measures and assesses the impact of career programmes on students by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating our work related learning opportunities; including gathering feedback from employers, students and teachers.

The Work Related learning Team constantly reviews and evaluates our careers programme to explore the extent to which career learning has taken place as well as identifying pupils needs and requirements.

This is achieved by aligning our career guidance framed the Gatsby Career Benchmarks. Our next review will take place July 2022.

Talking to your teenager about careers - a guide for parents (click to download)


Measuring and assessing the impact of the careers programme on pupils

We are continuing to develop our evaluation process involving parents, students and other stakeholders to ensure our Careers Programme reflects and meets the needs and interests of our students. This involves regular evaluative feedback which is used to inform our planning; we use a mixture of methods to gather feedback including regular surveys for students and parents. We endeavour to provide a wide variety of opportunities for all students. We gather detailed information regarding the aspirations and destinations of students, some of whom return to support our careers work.

To date, over 80% of Year 11 students have had a substantive interaction with our Careers Team, either 1-2-1 or in small group sessions. Year 9 students and parents will shortly be introduced to the Morrisby software to support with their option choices. All Sixth Form students have received an introduction to careers together with opportunities to attend virtual and live talks and events.