Careers and Work-Related Learning

At Bacon’s College, we provide a comprehensive, 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 enabling them to realise their full potential whilst at Bacon’s College and beyond, at university and in their careers.
We offer outstanding and rewarding opportunities for students in year 7 -13 to prepare them for the challenges in their working life, using the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

By following the Gatsby Benchmarks, we aim to empower our young people to manage their own future and raise their aspirations through exposure to a broad range of opportunities and possibilities aimed at:

  • Developing interpersonal and employability skills
  • Increasing motivation to do well at school
  • Encouraging personal development
  • Reinforcing the relevance of school subjects
  • Identifying personal strengths

Careers Advice

Careers Coordinators, Yvonne Levene-Fearnside and Katie Burgess 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 Key Stage 4. 


Careers Fair 2024

We are currently looking for employers, apprenticeship providers and learning providers to help showcase future opportunities for our students in February 2024. If you would like to participate please get in touch via our Careers email at

Work Experience for Years 10 and 12

Letter to Parents

Aims and Objectives

School Aims for the Year 11 Placement

  1. For the student to appreciate the ways in which their studies and school life in general are preparing them for employment.

  2. For the student to understand the importance of managing their own career and to help provide the necessary skills.

  3. To help the student make important choices towards the most appropriate combination of courses for further study.

  4. To increase the student's motivation for further study towards a career in which they are interested.


Objectives for Year 11 Students

  1. To identify skills and knowledge needed for a career in which they are interested

  2. Develop the following skills and indicate how you have done this:

    1. Presentation
    2. Time-Management
    3. Research
    4. Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
    5. Communication - Communicating to Others
    6. Communications - Communications from Others
    7. Organisation
    8. Team-Working and Interpersonal Competence
    9. Information Technology
    10. Numeracy
  3. To identify and practise, where possible, these skills needed for management.

  4. Identify Enterprise Skills in the real world.

  5. Identify the skills and knowledge you have gained to date during Y9 Work Shadowing Day and to appreciate how these relate to the World of Work.

Parents' Guide to Work Experience 2024

Q. Why do work experience? 

A. Work experience gives students valuable insight into the world of work, encourages them to develop their enterprise skills and helps inform them of potential careers. It is also a chance for students to develop and show evidence of vital employability skills such as self-confidence, communication and independence and possibly explore career areas they are considering for the future. 


Q. When do students take part in the work experience programme? 

A.  Year 12 - Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 2024 

Year 10 – Monday 15th July to Friday 18th July 2024 


Q. Is it compulsory for all students to take part in the work experience programme? 

A. Yes, the programme runs in term time, and it is an expectation that all students will take part in the programme. 


Q. Do students need permission to take part in the programme? 

A. Yes, Parents and carers will need to agree to the placement once their placement employer has agreed and completed the forms. 


Q. Does the school find placements for students? 

A. To ensure that students get a placement with a company/sector that they are keen to explore we ask students to find their own placements. 


Q. How does the school support students during the time they are trying to find a placement? 

A. There will be an assembly on the work experience programme. Students can contact Ms Tasnim/Ms Levene-Fearnside/Ms Anum/Ms Galvin if they need any help and guidance. Further information and any placements can be found on the careers section of the school website. 


Q. How can Parent’s & Carers support the process?

 A. Please ensure your child has found a placement by Friday 26th April 2024.  We would appreciate you spending some time exploring any contacts your child can use and by helping them to explore and research local companies which may be able to provide a placement. 


Q. How should the student go about trying to find a placement? 

A. Personal contact is always a very good way to secure a placement. Students should undertake independent research on organisations in the sector they are interested in working in. Students are encouraged to contact potential companies to ask who their application should be directed to. Once they have a contact or department they should email the person, using their name where possible, attaching a CV or by speaking to them on the phone. Alternatively, students who are unable to find a placement after searching should speak to Ms Tasnim/Ms Levene-Fearnside who may be able to offer contact details of the employers that have previously offered placements to Wallington students. 


Q. What if the student cannot find work experience in an area I am keen to explore? 

A. Work experience enables students to build on key employability skills. If students can’t find work experience in a career area that really interests them, they should look at the skills they need in their ideal job and then find a placement in another career area that may be easier to find work experience in, and that will allow them to build the same key skills. 


Q. What type of work experience should students apply for if they want to study Medicine, Veterinary or Dentistry? A. Medical, Veterinary & Dental students are encouraged to find work experience that helps them evidence ‘getting their hands dirty” for example work in a care home, working with special needs children in a school or voluntary setting, food bank, riding for the disabled. Anywhere they are working with people with extra needs. Obviously, shadowing in a hospital or with a GP is also excellent work experience, but this should not be their only work experience as it does not show they have worked with people. 


Q. Can work experience be virtual? 

A. No, an in-person work experience placement is expected. 


Q. What happens if the student finds a work placement outside the Bacon’s designated Work Experience week? 

A. That’s great!  However, because the placement is not in the designated week, all arrangements need to be made privately between the student, their parents and the employer. This means that the parents will need to be responsible for checking the health and safety standards and insurance arrangements, and it would need to be scheduled during the holidays. The student will still need to look for a placement during the school, work experience week in addition to anything else you have done/will be doing. 


Q. What should the student do when they find a placement? 

A. They should complete the forms in their white envelope and hand that into Ms Tasnim. 


Q. Does the school visit the placements to carry out a health and safety check? 

A. The Department for Education and the Health and Safety Executive guidelines advise that we do not visit employers to carry out a risk assessment. Instead, we assess placements following desk top assessment procedures via the Unifrog platform. 


Q. How do you assess a company for work experience? 

A. Before confirming the placement Employers have to confirm that they have employer liability insurance in place, a written health and safety policy and that they have assessed the risk to workers under the age of 18. We also ask employers to provide details of the type of work the student will be doing whilst with them. 


Q. What if the student agrees a placement with an employer who does not have employer liability insurance? 

A. Some smaller companies or those employing only relatives may not have employer liability insurance. In this instance the company would not meet the necessary standards that we set for work experience and we would not authorise the placement. 


Q. Can the student still do work experience with an employer that does not meet the school’s standards for work experience? 

A. As part of our duty of care we would advise both you, the student and the employer by email if a placement did not meet the necessary standards and therefore was excluded from our work experience programme. Students would not be given permission to attend a placement that did not meet the necessary standards. 


Q. Can the student undertake work experience with a company outside of the UK? 

A. Due to varying health and safety laws outside of the UK only placements within the UK will be authorised. These can be done inside or outside of London.


Q. What happens when a placement has been checked by the school and meets all of the requirements? 

A. Once the placement is authorised by the school, students will add details to Unifrog which will notify the parents/carers and the employer. 


Q. How will the school help prepare students for their work experience placement? 

A. Before the start of the placement students are briefed on how to get the most out of their work experience and also how to ensure they keep themselves safe whilst on placement. There will be a parents’ meeting before work experience to answer any questions 


Q. Does the school inform the students work experience employer if they have a medical condition? 

A. Parents and students are asked to inform the employer of any medical conditions. Due to confidentiality the school does not pass on any medical information that it holds on students. 


Q. Is there a work experience debrief? 

A. Each employer will be asked to carry out a student debrief at the end of the placement. Students will be asked to complete a log of any employability skills learnt during the placement on their work experience log and this can be referred to during the debrief with the employer. Students can also add any activities and employability skills they have gained in the activities section of Unifrog. 

Careers provision by year group

Careers News & Opportunities

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Partnerships, University & Industry Links

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.

Career Fair

In March, a variety of businesses, universities and colleges visited Bacon’s Career Fair. Those from Years 10-13 had the opportunity to collect information and gain an understanding of careers. 

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 framework with 

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