Careers Provision at The Fulham Boys School
There has never been a time when career guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than those faced by previous generations. Whilst knowledge of traditional career pathways are extremely valuable, young people also need to prepare for a future where new sectors are emerging as quickly as some old sectors are declining. To do that we pride ourselves on examining career pathways rigorously whilst developing essential enterprise skills that will ensure our students are able to adapt and thrive in these times of great change.
This careers plan sets out how The Fulham Boys School intends to provide a fit-for-purpose careers programme. The plan defines the available resources which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to take ownership of their own career action plans enabling them to succeed in their chosen career paths.
This careers plan is based on the DfE document, “Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents 2017”, “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools” dated March 2015 and subsequent guidance for schools and colleges the careers plan addresses the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, in particular Benchmark 1. Using the careers plan enables us to track the career activities and interventions we provide for all of our students.
Careers education does not just mean informing students about their options after school but also how their school career will affect their futures. It is our statutory duty to ensure that all students receive independent and impartial information, advice and guidance regarding all options both within the school and after leaving the school to best highlight all career pathways available to them. By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work we aim to prepare them to thrive as enterprising men of character who can make a positive impact on the world. Links with our Enterprise Coordinator and Adviser network introduces and ensures that each year group will benefit from meaningful employer engagement within our programme. They support the school in working towards and in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.
The success of our careers provision is measured in various ways:
- The Compass Careers Benchmark Tool and Audit
- Gatsby Benchmarks fulfilled and quality of provision
- Student, parent and staff surveys
- Governor audit
- Review and Development internal cycle
- External review bodies and support partners
- Student academic results – where careers guidance has raised aspirations
- Students accessing higher or further education
- Students not being NEET (not in education, employment or training)
- Careers of alumni
- Student success in comparison to previous family history
Work Experience and Careers advice
All students in Year 10 & 12 are encouraged to organise work experience episodes throughout the year. We encourage our Y10 students to try to plan these episodes during our Enterprise week to minimise disruption, however we can be flexible to meet each student’s need. We believe the process of securing work experience is as valuable as the work itself so students are encouraged to take initiative with this process. The school will organise work experience opportunities for those who cannot organise it themselves.
Help with careers at The Fulham Boys School
We rely on help from our parent body and local business partners to enable us to provide work experience opportunities as well as offer careers guidance and advice.
A provider wishing to request access to speak with our students about career pathways should refer to our Access Policy.
There are a range of opportunities to allow information to be presented to students: each year group has dedicated PSHE time and targeted assemblies to promote employability skills and pathway options.
Please see the Staff Page for the designated careers staff.
- All FBS students have a log in to Unifrog. They should use their school email address. If they are unable to log on to Unifrog please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We encourage all students to use Unifrog to research: careers, university and colleges, apprenticeships and work experience. As well as this there are CV writing tools, personality quizzes and lots more useful resources. Please visit https://www.unifrog.org/student/help for more information.