BCA and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Beamont Collegiate Academy and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Benchmark Aim What BCA is doing
1. A stable careers programme Every school & College should have an embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, government and employers.
  • Publication of Careers policy & strategy on school website
  • Careers Lead & Subject Leaders meet to review provision.
  • Careers Lead and Link Governor meetings to reviews Careers & Provision



2. Learning from careers and labour market information Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed advisor to make best use of available information.
  • Labour Market information is shared with students during careers interviews, parent meetings and during workshops/activities
  • Speakers from various sectors given the opportunity to visit the academy’ and speak to students/share up to date information
  • Resources on school website for all
3. Addressing the needs of each student Students have different career guidance needs at different stages.
  • Impartial careers advice is available to every student from a qualified careers adviser.
  • Apprenticeships are promoted alongside academic routes post 16.
4. Linking the curriculum learning to careers All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide rage if future career paths.
  • Careers Education is embedded across the curriculum.
  • STEM subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5. Encounters with employers and employees Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be delivered through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  • Careers Fair for Years 7-11
  • Enterprise Activities e.g., Learn to Earn by Young Enterprise
  • Mock Interviews in Year 10.
  • Attending lectures/taster lectures.
  • Enterprise Events.
6. Experience of workplaces Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  • Guest speakers/employer visits
  • Trips to businesses e.g., United Utilities.
7. Encounters with further education and higher education All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  • Guest speakers from sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers
  • Visits to colleges/universities and business.
  • Open evening visits to sixth forms/colleges, Taster lessons, etc.
8. Personal Guidance Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a Careers Advisor, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. Guidance interviews should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made, they should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
  • Steve leach, careers adviser holds a Level 6 diploma qualification in Careers Guidance.
  • The careers office has an open-door policy for students during break/lunchtime.
  • All students in years 10 & 11 have 1-2-1 careers guidance to discuss their post 16 and career options. Students can make follow up appointments/interviews for further guidance.