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Our Careers Programme

Tollbar Sixth Form Careers Plan 2021-2022

Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College provides every student with a comprehensive and stable careers programme, supporting all aspects of their decision making and potential careers. We carefully plan our provision using the Gatsby Benchmarks of excellence which are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  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

Curriculum: Tutorial and Assembly Programme

The assembly and tutorial programmes are organised into themes to match the relevant times in the students sixth form life. We aim to raise aspirations through welcoming guest speakers from industry, higher education and the community, often these are assembly presentations but we also host many small tutorial sessions inviting students with particular career aspirations to meet employers or university staff.

Year 12 students will be introduced to the START careers programme which gives every student online access to careers support. Students can build a profile of skills and career priorities which is linked to their potential careers, employment trends and the labour market. In addition, START allows the student to keep a log of all enrichment and work experience undertaken which is then easily transferred to personal statements when applying for university or employment. Students will have allocated tutor time to work on their START profile.

Curriculum links with careers

A-level subject teachers discuss careers links with their students on a regular basis, this is part of their planning but also happens on an informal basis. Subject teachers are heavily invested in sharing their career knowledge and skills to help students make informed decisions.

Independent Advice

All students have access to our career’s advisors based in the dedicated careers hub. Students can email to request an appointment or attend a drop-in clinic. The hub is situated close to the common room to ensure accessibly for all.

Trips and Visits:

Every sixth form student is invited to attend a university trip to a UCAS convention. This is an opportunity for the students to engage with representatives from a wide range of universities and employers. In addition, several subjects take students on trips and visits demonstrating career opportunities within their subject alongside their extended learning.

Increasingly we access webinars with our students. This gives the students an experience of working in an online classroom and can be subject or university specific. The sessions are closely monitored to ensure student safety but offer an excellent opportunity for students to engage with a wide range of people.

Employers:

We welcome support from a variety of employers and industry. Every Year 13 student prepares a CV after guidance from an external agency. We listen to our students’ career interests and invite speakers to host tutorial groups where required. Recently we hosted sessions with a local accountancy firm and district judge which both resulted in students independently securing summer work experience placements.

Higher Education

We have an excellent UCAS support programme enabling every student to receive one to one feedback throughout the university application process. This is endorsed further by strong links with many universities including University of Lincoln, Hull University, York University, Leeds University and Bishop Grosseteste. We ensure all students are fully aware of access and widening participation schemes which may support their transition into higher education.

Encounters with the world of work:

Every sixth form student is required to take part in some form of work experience. This is arranged by the students themselves, with support from the Sixth Form Team where needed, to ensure it fully meets their individual needs and career aspirations. The staff and careers advisors guide students to relevant fields as appropriate. Tutors record the work experience and enrichment undertaken regularly, ad this information is held on a central document. Students are encouraged to plan their placements to ensure it doesn’t impact on their lesson time unless absolutely necessary. We offer some work experiences within the Academy for those students who may require it.

Assessing the impact of the programme:

The best measure of programme can be evidenced by our excellent destinations. We are proud to have supported our students to a wide range of universities including Oxbridge and into many different careers and apprenticeships.

Our careers advisors regularly ask students to complete a range of surveys to ensure we have up to date and accurate information, alongside our student voice opportunities.

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Interim Principal

Victoria Watts
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