Work Experience and Careers
Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance
The Burford School Careers Programme aims to provide every student with high quality careers information, advice and guidance, in addition to offering opportunities through which students can develop the careers and enterprise skills that are so important in preparing students for their lives beyond school. All students have access to up-to-date careers pathways and are supported at all stages of their time at the school to make positive and aspirational choices, alongside meaningful experiences with employers and further and higher education providers. The information contained on this page is reviewed annually.
Student progression beyond Burford School is tracked at the end of both Year 11 and Year 13 and the school has a highly successful destination record.
Key elements of the programme are:
- A strategic approach for careers development and progression across Years 7-13
- Support for options at KS4, post 16 and post 18
- 1-2-1 Careers advice and guidance
- Careers in the curriculum
- Careers-related activities
- Work experience in Years 10 & 12
- Employer links
- Apprenticeships and T Levels
- Labour Market Information (LMI)
A Strategic Approach to Careers Development and Progression Across Years 7-13
Burford School is working towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers. This national standard is a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools and is recognised in the Careers Strategy for Schools 2017. We also use the Careers Development Institute (CDI) Career Development Framework to ensure learning outcomes build the careers development skills our students will need for a positive career.
We continue to measure our careers provision against the Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI Framework to create a clear and progressive careers journey for students at Burford School.
In June 2021 the school is introducing the Unifrog Careers Platform as a part of our school careers programme. Initially we will use the platform with year 10 students, as they start to look towards Post 16 options, and will then roll it out across other year groups in the future.
Unifrog is designed to support learners in making the most informed decisions about their futures and has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each student has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations.
Key features of the platform include:
- Exploring Pathways – personality quizzes, career and subject profiles,
- Recording – self-reflection about extracurricular activities and key employability skills
- Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies/courses/placements for apprenticeships, universities (in the UK), FE, and much more
- Applications – tools to help students build applications for a range of pathways (e.g., CVs, Personal Statements)
You can find the KS4 Student quick launch guide here:
Or the KS4 student launch video here: KS4 Student Launch (loom.com)
Provider access: We work closely with local further education providers and our Provider Access Policy can be viewed here.
Support for options – KS4, Post 16 and Post 18
KS4 option choices
For information about option choices at Key stage 4 please visit our Key Stage 4 Options page
Resources for KS4 choices:
Post 16 choices
Year 11 students are given information about the options open to them post 16 in the What’s after Year 11 Guide, and through PSHE, with input from sixth form, local colleges and apprenticeship partners. All students also have personal 121 careers guidance to support them with their research and decision making. The school sixth form also offers a Taster day for students to try new subjects on offer at A-level and to get a sense of what sixth form is like.
Resources for post 16 choices:
- UCAS Post 16 options information
- National Careers Service Post 16 options information
- Abingdon & Witney College
- City of Oxford College
- Cirencester College
Post 18 choices
There are many options open to students in the sixth form after A-levels. Many will head to university whilst other will choose an apprenticeship, gap year or employment.
For information about sixth form careers and university applications please visit our sixth form page here
Resources for post 18 choices:
1-2-1 Careers Advice and Guidance
All students in year 11 are offered a personal 1-2-1 careers session with Mrs Haines, our Careers Leader, to discuss their post 16 choices and destination following Key stage 4. Students from other years can request a session with Mrs Haines for other key decision points, such as choosing options for GSCE and post 18 destinations. To request a session, students can email Mrs Haines directly- email@example.com
Careers in the Curriculum
It is important that students understand the relevance of what they learn in their curriculum subjects in their future careers choices, not only how subjects link to sectors and roles, but also how learning techniques will apply in the world of work. We are currently reviewing how best to deliver this aspect of careers education across all year groups.
Students take part in many careers-related activities during their time at Burford School. Examples include:
Mock Interviews: Every November students from year 11, take part in Mock interviews with local employer volunteers. This gives students a good opportunity to practice their application and interview skills. This year the activity was delivered virtually with students interviewed by employers online.
Human Library: Year 8 students meet with many employer volunteers in a carousel approach to ask questions about the roles and sectors employers represent.
Maths at Work: A morning of activities for year 9 students at which individuals who use maths in their job are invited to attend and demonstrate how they use maths skills in their daily work. The event highlights the importance of maths skills across a wide range of opportunities.
Year 10 Work Experience
In Year 10 work experience is about giving students a general introduction to the workplace and experience what it is like to be at work. It enables students to understand how school subjects can be applied in the world of work and enables them to develop and practice employability skills. One clear benefit is how the experience builds self-confidence in students and can give them renewed focus in curriculum subjects. With regard to future career paths it can be used to confirm choices or change minds before students decide on post-16 courses. For some students work experience in year 10 had led to part-time work or apprenticeship opportunities.
2021 update: At the beginning of this academic year, we had hoped that work experience for Year 10, might have been possible in May 2021. However, with a new coronavirus variant now prevalent, we have decided that work experience for Year 10 students will not occur this year.
All students will be in school lessons as usual the week commencing 24th May.
Students are encouraged to participate in virtual work experience if they can as per the information below.
Year 12 Work Experience
In the Sixth Form, there is an additional opportunity for students to undertake work experience during July of Year 12. Work Experience at this stage should be in the sector/role linked to students’ career aspirations. It is particularly useful for students applying for vocational degrees at university e.g., Veterinary Science, Medicine, Nursing and Teaching. It is also helpful for those students seeking an apprenticeship or other employment opportunities after their A-level studies.
2021 update: Work experience is calendared the week beginning 12 July 2021. With an ever-changing coronavirus situation, it is not clear whether placements in July will be possible, so students are encouraged to participate in virtual work experience opportunities as per the information below.
Virtual Work Experience
There are many virtual work experience opportunities being offered to young people and Mrs Haines will continue to share these directly with students via school email. However, if you want to see what’s currently on offer Speakers for Schools is a good site that lists virtual work experience opportunities students can sign up to, that are run outside school hours. Students can register directly with Speakers for Schools to be notified of all their experiences on offer as they are advertised.
General Work Experience Information
Work Experience information for parents & students –currently being updated
Burford School is proud to be supported by a vast array of employers from many different sectors who all contribute significantly to our careers education programme.
You can read more here
We are always looking for employer volunteers to support us – if you would like to support careers-related activities at Burford School, please get in contact with Mrs Haines, Careers Leader via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Apprenticeships and T Levels
An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.
Find out how to become an apprentice, what apprenticeships are available and which employers offer them here.
Students can sign up for an apprenticeship account at the Government apprenticeship vacancy site here. This will enable you to:
- search hundreds of apprenticeships
- save any apprenticeships you like
- get alerts about new apprenticeships
- apply for an apprenticeship
You can also find lots of information at Amazing Apprenticeships
T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A-levels. These 2-year courses, which launched in September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.
T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of approximately 45 days.
T Levels will become one of the main choices for students after GCSE alongside:
- apprenticeships for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’.
- A-levels for students who wish to continue academic education.
T Level courses include the following compulsory elements:
- a technical qualification, which includes:
- core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
- specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
- an industry placement with an employer
- a minimum standard in maths and English if students have not already achieved them
T Levels have UCAS points and are an alternative qualification to A-levels for Higher Education.
For more information visit T Levels | The Next Level Qualification
Resources, support for and list of apprenticeship opportunities – good for all things apprenticeship!
Helps young people develop the skills they need to succeed in future careers
Aimed at people of all ages, this website will help you get the advice you need for future skills, careers, and work and life choices. Helpline available too: 0800 100 900, they will call you back if on a mobile.
Website for school and college leavers that lists apprenticeship and employment opportunities
Explore your career options and see where your degree could take you.
Useful careers information provided by Oxfordshire County Council for young people aged 8-19, including job and apprenticeship vacancies in Oxfordshire.
Website for helping students choose the right A’ levels, especially if you plan to go onto University.
Explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers and search for jobs, courses and advice.
One stop shop for help and advice with study and careers questions
Lots of useful information from employers. Find out what skills and qualities employers are looking for, get ideas on how to develop and demonstrate your skills, learn how to impress at interview and more!
The website for researching university courses, entry requirements, writing personal statements and more. Now also includes information on options after GCSE’s
Labour Market Information (LMI)
Labour Market Information effectively describes the world of work – ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed?
It is important for students to have access to LMI so they can see what roles are available, what qualifications are needed, how much you can earn, what the progression routes are etc.
Students and parents can see LMI data for a wide range of career options supplied by the National Careers Service here.
LMI for Oxfordshire can be found here.
LMI for The Cotswolds can be found here.