‘The Government’s careers strategy sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school providing secondary educations should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision…The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties.’ - DfE January 2018 (Careers guidance and access for education and training providers)
Careers Strategy 2017-2020
What is CMS Careers Strategy?
CMS Careers Strategy sets out details of our current career programme and future plans that are intended to further develop our provision.
Why include a Careers Strategy within our curriculum?
At Catshill Middle School, we are committed to ensuring that our pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to prepare them for life in modern Britain. As part of this commitment, we want all our pupils to understand the full range of opportunities that will be available to them and to develop the transferable skills that will help them succeed in a future job market.
What are the intended outcomes of our Careers Programme?
- That pupils have had the opportunities to develop ‘soft skills’, such as teamwork, problem-solving and resilience, that are highly valued by employers and which are transferable between job sectors.
- That pupils have had the opportunity to develop confidence and character through activities such as debating, cultural visits and volunteering.
- That pupils have enjoyed multiple opportunities to engage with a range of employers through assemblies, workshops and mock interviews.
- That pupils, and their parents/carers, are aware of how up-to-date information regarding future careers and further education can be accessed.
How do we utilise external support?
- We forge links with local businesses and educational providers via Worcestershire Apprenticeships who support our various activities and events.
- We work in partnership with a designated Enterprise Advisor to identify and close gaps in provision.
- We forge and maintain links with STEM ambassadors to promote STEM careers.
Where are careers promoted within our curriculum?
Careers are promoted within both subject teaching and additional learning opportunities and through a discrete Life Skills programme across both key stages.