Careers, employability and enterprise are discussed with every pupil at Bedford Free School, to ensure that individuals are able to select the most appropriate path. Our programme is mapped out to be age appropriate with every key stage preparing students to make decisions about their future. For example, option choice subjects prior to Key Stage 4 and then introducing post 16 courses throughout year 11.
We are always aspirational in order for our students to aim high, so that they have the potential to go to University should they wish.
“Independent careers guidance must be provided in schools in England to all year 8 — 13 pupils (12 — 18 year olds).
- It must be provided in an impartial manner — no bias or favouritism towards a particular education or work option
- It should explore the range of education or training options — including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways
- Advice should promote the students’ best interests” (UCAS 2017)
The resources available to students at Bedford Free School are;
- Visits to National and local events such as: Big Bang Fair; MK Apprenticeship Show: Northampton Skills Show
- Workplace & University visits
- Assemblies led by local employers, former students and career experts
- Alumni visits
- Career insight talks
- Employer visits to lessons
- Support with employability skills
- Mock interviews
- Regular live local apprenticeship opportunities
- Impartial information on Post 14 and 16 course choices
- Work experience in year 10