Careers Education at St Thomas More
The careers education and guidance programme at St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy seeks to positively support students to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.
Careers Lead: Mr S. Coyle
Work Experience co-ordinator: Mrs F. Goodwin
St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve the careers provision in place and will ensure that all eight benchmarks will be in place and met by 2020.
The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020.
1 – A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
2 – Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3 – Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.
5 – Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, at least one per year.
6 – Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience in Year 10 to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7- Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace
8 – Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students (when they reach Year 9 onwards) but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
Students at St Thomas More use www.indigo.trotman.co.uk to find access to a wide range of careers available to them, labour market information and what qualifications are required.
Labour Market Information
Labour market information tells you about the workplace or labour market. Labour market information describes the condition of the labour market, past and present, as well as future projections. It makes clear where work opportunities are increasing or decreasing, what occupations exist, what you need to study to become a professional in that occupation, what is required to take up an occupation, how one can find a job, change job or progress in a career.
LMI for All brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers. After successfully completing its pilot stage, LMI for All has been given full project status.
Explore other websites that present information on the UK labour market
- iCould is a careers website which uses LMI for All to provide context alongside careers videos
Post-16 Providers’ Open Day Details 2019-20
Thursday 17th October 2019 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 21st November 2019 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 23rd January 2020 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 5th March 2020 2pm to 7pm (Apprenticeships Event)
Thursday 20th March 2020 10am to 1pm
Saturday 20th June 2020 10am to 1pm
Buxton and Leek College
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Saturday 7th March 2020
Saturday 16th May 2020
Thursday 7th November 2019 6.30-8.30pm
Saturday 23rd Nov 10.30 to 1.30
Wednesday 29th January 4.30 to 7pm
Tuesday 17th March 4.30 to 7pm
Saturday 13th June 10.30 to 1.30
Wednesday 30 October, 5.30-7.30pm
Wednesday 26 February, 5.30-7.30pm
Wednesday 22 April, 5.30-7.30pm
Buxton Community School 6th Form
Thursday 24th October 2019 6.00-8.00pm
Further Education Course Open Events (start at 10.30am):
Saturday 16th November 2019
Saturday 7th December 2019
Saturday 18th January 2020
Saturday 8th February 2020
Saturday 14th March 2020
Saturday 25th April 2020
Saturday 6th June 2020
Register via Reaseheath website.
The school link for careers education is Mr Steve Coyle -