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30/11/20

Good luck! https://t.co/i059YStmQ4

30/11/20

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Current Head Boy of RBA leading the JLT at meetings and ensuring that all students voices are heard, loud and clear! https://t.co/E62CJosw4y

28/11/20

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we are helping those less fortunate than us https://t.co/qOXhXrTRak

27/11/20

Thank you, Tom!

27/11/20

Generating leaders not followers https://t.co/v9GL9S8eGF

27/11/20

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So great see former pupil, Head Boy and leader of the JLT () back to inspire future generations about careers. My Year 11 form loved it! https://t.co/kxzhvelITu

27/11/20

The importance of student voice

25/11/20

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RE House Competition - Currently with 1 week into the competition. Owens are JUST in the lead with Year 7 earning the most points! Still 1 week to go. Well done Year 7 & Owens... at the moment https://t.co/VKX5fgcSaN

24/11/20

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Online training with using Teams to up skill our knowledge for GCSE RE. SET schools working together despite a pandemic! https://t.co/HptkmLLM5J

23/11/20

Great to see those students self isolating from home tuning in to take part!

21/11/20

How exciting! Always good to have something to focus on during these challenging times

20/11/20

Don’t forget that Sixth Form applications are due in on Monday 23rd November. Join us for Sept 2021, we will be launching iPads to our sixth form to further enhance your learning experiences! Please visit our website for videos & more information https://t.co/xjmQGWivUD https://t.co/eexIIbkGIj

20/11/20

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Always look for little rays of light on a gloomy day https://t.co/c3MsjUQXlc

20/11/20

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Can you donate old spades, forks or outdoor benches to help us create veggie beds and a wildflower meadow? Please help us to grow https://t.co/yZFDeXtbLk

17/11/20

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Generation Stevenage, 1 Dec, is an online event where young people (15-18) & their parents/carers can learn more about careers in from these world-class local employers: - - - - - - Details: https://t.co/X6RG0LPd2C https://t.co/LalIBOY8RQ

17/11/20

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September 2021 is going to be an exciting year for Sixth Form students to join us as our journey to becoming iPad school will be underway. https://t.co/GAjZKwkN8U

15/11/20

Come and join our Sixth Form in September 2021. Take a look at our information videos (click on the link below). We’re excited about year 12 joining us as we move towards being an iPad school. Always passionate about enhancing Teaching & Learning! https://t.co/WO9ro1M5wK https://t.co/MwPF11v1ZE

13/11/20

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Happy Diwali to all our students, staff and parents who are celebrating this weekend! Stay safe & enjoy. https://t.co/DncxtoJAs2

13/11/20

Well done, now who won the Duck race?

13/11/20

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I’m sooo pleased! Thankyou to everyone that’s donated and supported, so far we’ve raised £1004 🥳

13/11/20

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Children in Need gets full support in RBA RE! https://t.co/hkB9GrAR3x

12/11/20

It’s time to think of other children less fortunate than ourselves. https://t.co/zlhjf0Ql5I

11/11/20

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Gardening Club - a chance for you to design your ideal garden! I'm sure there will be a tortoise or two in there...🐢🐢 https://t.co/MX26WIGzea

11/11/20

We all came together today (virtually) to show our respect https://t.co/xsiLqL4Ldm

10/11/20

Tomorrow at 11am, will be leading whole school virtual remembrance service with the help of our JLT+Vicar Rachel Pennant. We will send out the link tomorrow so students self isolating and families can all join us

10/11/20

Come and find out more....exciting times ahead. The success journey continues, be part of the https://t.co/t6iUPph2Mh

09/11/20

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Save a life. Give blood! Something I look forward to sharing all about with RBA sixth formers very soon. https://t.co/Mw1SIWE312

09/11/20

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Our remembrance display is still growing! Even more students adding their names to show RBA unity. https://t.co/UADf4bSagX

06/11/20

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The RBA poppy appeal display is coming along nicely. Each poppy that goes up is signed by students at RBA to show our unity. https://t.co/xbKYyLX0mn

06/11/20

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A victory for the opposition in today’s debate by 12 points! Excellent public speaking skills and leadership! https://t.co/XjehvALD9i

06/11/20

This looks good and we will share it with our students https://t.co/nGk0G3QNtc

28/10/20

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I just packed a Shoebox online for Operation Christmas Child and made a difference to a child in need https://t.co/A74OWupKQN

23/10/20

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As a trust we are immensely proud of our students and staff for the dedication they have shown over the start of this new academic year. We wish you all a safe and restful half term https://t.co/vRIk6JLn1O

23/10/20

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Hi Everyone! I'm currently in the process of putting together my dissertation proposal & really need your support! I'd love if you could spare 10 minutes to tell me about how you feel about privacy, security & living on the edge of broadband technology. https://t.co/o2fBiWDuGx

22/10/20

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The YCH Fiesta Emotional Wellbeing group for 13-17s meets every Thursday 6-8 pm at Young People's Centre...come along to find out how you can look after your mental health! https://t.co/BaaFqNRNjy https://t.co/JLHeLBbVdV

22/10/20

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Vacancy alert: are seeking a Social Science teacher to join their dynamic teaching team and offer an excellent CPD programme https://t.co/F2zOgUIhwy . . https://t.co/GTsUEWtxpw

22/10/20

Mrs Stabler thought that after 20 years we would let her take her last assembly - hijacked - by the students and staff singing farewell https://t.co/hqwiC7QVcH

20/10/20

Retweeted From LIZA TIMPSON

Amazing way to launch and an inspiring journey ahead. Looking forward to discussing more with you.

20/10/20

Retweeted From Rav

A very exciting day for us this evening, we launched iPads as a surprise for staff! Our journey to becoming an Apple school has started! https://t.co/jti1Dqbsce

Careers

Follow us on Twitter RBA Careers for the very latest recruitment information, advice and guidance.   

The information contained here will have relevance for students, teachers, parents and employers.

If you would like to find out more about Careers at Robert Barclay Academy or if you are interested in providing support, please contact our Careers Leader Mr M Rome, Assistant Headteacher.

Through our curriculum at RBA, we aim to develop ambitious students who are aspirational and fully prepared for their future lives beyond school in an ever changing world. We aim to promote an aspirational culture and encourage students and parents to engage with careers education in partnership with YC Herts, the Local Area Enterprise Partnership. Since 2018 we have had a close working relationship with Reynold’s food, who have provide assemblies work placements and interview preparation for our students.

In order to achieve this, there are a number of key events in careers information, advice and guidance on the journey through the school. In addition to year group activities, we also give parents information at planned events through the year and listen to student voice regarding careers education through an annual workshop and questionnaire. Each subject area displays posters about careers linked to that subject, alongside a central careers display (main corridor by the library) and dedicated area within the library.

We are working to the new Gatsby benchmarks for Careers Education and also recognise the Hertfordshire Skills Framework and encourage the development of these employability skills through the wider curriculum.  A copy of these documents can be found in the appendices.

Key organisations supporting RBA careers provision:

YC Hertfordshire

www.ychertfordshire.org

 

RBA Personal Advisor 2019-20 is Anna Johns
  • Raise aspirations so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide qualified personal advisers to deliver careers interviews with students across the school
  • Be on-hand each week to offer Careers drop-ins in the library (Tuesdays)
  • Help to increase awareness of Careers Education through displays and presence across the school

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership/ Careers and Enterprise Company

www.hertfordshirelep.com

www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

RBA Senior Enterprise Coordinator 2018-20 is Gareth Dace

  • Raise aspirations and awareness so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide guidance, support, resources and strategy to assist in the delivery of effective Careers Education at RBA 
  • Be a challenge partner when co-reflecting on RBA’s progress towards achieving the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Local Enterprise Industry Partner

www.reynolds-cs.com

 

RBA LEP Advisor 2018-20 is Meeta Khatani from Reynold’s Foods

  • Raise aspirations and make Careers education ‘real’ so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide guidance and support from a local employer to give context, real-life experience and guidance to support Careers provision at RBA
  • Careers talks from their staff give our students insights into the journeys that successful people have been on from sitting in an assembly hall at school to where they are today
  • Visits to their premises with students in subject related areas, for example our Food and Nutrition GCSE students have worked in their ‘Development Kitchen’ and our KS5 Financial Studies students have visited their Finance and Accounts Department

 

Employer engagement: Can you help?

We are very keen to establish links with employers who will be able to open our students’ eyes to the world of work. We currently engage with a range of different employers through work shadowing placements for our Year 10 students. We welcome further support from employers from a range of industries. If you would like to help, please contact Mr M Rome, Assistant Headteacher.

Guidance for parents/carers:

Clearly parents and carers play a very significant role in helping students to make informed choices about their study options and decisions about their future careers. Parents and carers should be encouraged to discuss with their child about options and future aspirations. We welcome parents and carers’ input and recommend that you always attend activities at school such as GCSE and A-Level Options’ evenings. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and we recognise that all students must be able to make informed decisions avoiding pre-conceived ideas or stereotypes. There are further suggested web-links at the end of this document that give useful additional information.

Scholars' Education Trust Provider Access Statement

Careers Map

Year 6

Gatsby Benchmark

Aim for prospective/new students:

  • To establish the fact that at RBA, all students are expected to ‘Aim High’ and be the very best they can be in preparation for life in an ever changing world.
  • To make the link between doing well at school and getting the very best career, and how aiming high and having strong aspirations can enhance students’ life chances.
1, 3, 8

AUTUMN TERM (Year 6)

  • Prospective Parents’ Evening
  • Parents get the chance to see the school in action ahead of their selection, and ask questions about careers education, destinations and educational philosophy.

 

 

1

1

SUMMER TERM (Year 6)

  • Individual interviews with students and parents before taking up their place in Year 7.
  • Secondary Transfer Day in which we start to understand the needs of each individual student, hear about their aspirations and ambitions in order to tailor the curriculum and opportunities accordingly
  • Transition Evening in which we invite parents to the school to set out our values, goals, curriculum aims and expectations for students and parents.
  • There will be an entry questionnaire about their aspirations and goals to inform careers provision.

 

 

8

1

 

1

1, 8

 

Year 7

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 7 students to:

  • Start to plan their learning journey by recognising what they are good at
  • Know more about the jobs people do to help us in our lives
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 7
  • To understand the concept of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers available and routes of entry

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Students begin secondary study. Introduction to ACE Values (Achievement, Care, Excellence) and our curriculum aims ‘Raise Aspirations’
  • ‘Navigate Your Future’ YC Herts module: ‘Reach for the Summit’ undertaken in form times to explore students’ aspirations and set short-term and long-term goals

 

1, 4

 

3

SPRING TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP - Local Enterprise Partnership)

 

5

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week – Year 7 focus on STEM through a joint project with Science, Creative Arts and Maths departments
  • ‘Navigate Your Future’ YC Herts module: ‘Careers Expedition’ helps students to know about opportunities in the local area and how to research these.
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 7

 

4

 

2
 

Year 8

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 8 students to:

  • They start to think more about their strengths and areas that they need to develop
  • Know more about the different jobs that people have
  • To have independent careers advice as needed
  • Know what to expect in Year 9, and are able to choose options that support their future

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Options guidance begins, including parental Options Evening, individual interviews with senior staff and personalised support with pathways – including up to University/ Post-16 options

 

5

1, 3, 7, 8

SPRING TERM

  • Subject leads speak to Year 8 in assembly about where their subject could lead them in terms of careers.
  • Targeted support from YC Herts Personal Advisor as identified

 

4

8

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week – Work shadowing day (1 day)
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 8

 

6

 

Year 9

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 9 students to:

  • Consolidate high aspirations, including consideration of higher education and top careers options.
  • Begin to consolidate their strengths and recognise their areas of development
  • Know some of the careers and training opportunities that are available in the community
  • Begin to recognise the skills needed for certain careers

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Start to explore their future – www.Start.co.uk – linking strengths and interests with career specific information

 

5

1, 2, 3

SPRING TERM

  • Anglia Ruskin University Visit (LEAD2) to raise aspirations and awareness of future pathways

 

1, 4, 6, 7

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week - Apprenticeships
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 9
  • Targeted support from YC Herts Personal Advisor as identified

 

7

3

8

 

Year 10

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 10 students to:

  • Understand explicitly the link between working hard, gaining the best qualifications and careers opportunities, including access into the Sixth Form, colleges or other training places post-16
  • Be aware of the world of work and that there are a range of jobs
  • Know how to act appropriately and know how to ask for help in the world of work
  • Continue to identify their likes and dislikes to help them make decisions and choices
  • To have independent careers advice as needed

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Dragon’s Den Event (LEAD1)

Continue to explore their future – www.Start.co.uk – linking strengths and interests with career specific information

 

1, 5, 4

2, 3

SPRING TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)

 

5

SUMMER TERM

  • Work Experience/ shadowing opportunity including build up work to include advice on interview skills, CVs and personal statements
  • Involvement in Careers Week – all to have interviews with YC Herts Personal Advisor
  • University Talk/ workshop – Higher Education
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 10

 

3, 5, 6

 

8

7

3
 

Year 11

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Year 11 students to:

  • Focus on high aspirations making the link between their qualifications and experience to the very best and most appropriate next step/ career path
  • To understand, first hand, the full post-16 options available and to be able to take independent control of this process

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Sixth Form Open Evening – explains the pathways available through RBA Sixth Form and beyond
  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Personalised careers interviews – external provider (YC Herts).
  • Independently utilise www.Start.co.uk  – linking likely qualifications and interests with career specific information

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 8

5

8

3, 8

SPRING TERM

  • Personalised futures interviews with the Headteacher to review current progress
  • Future’s Day – linking mock exam results with future pathways (making it real) to include expert Apprenticeship advice, University information and a college trip for identified students.
  • Personalised Sixth Form/ Futures interviews with DHT and Sixth Form team
  • College/ Sixth Form interviews as appropriate

 

4, 8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

8

8

SUMMER TERM

  • Sixth Form Induction Week (for students who stay at RBA)
  • Reflect and record their thoughts about careers through a questionnaire at the end of Year 11

 

4

3
 

Sixth Form

 

Raise aspirations through our aims for Sixth Form students to:

  • Focus on high aspirations, making the link between their qualifications and experience to the very best and most appropriate next step/ career path
  • Understand, first hand, the full range of post-18 options available and to be able to take independent control of this process

*Labour Market Information Update (East of England) shared in RBA Review and in form times with guidance each term

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

 

2

AUTUMN TERM

  • Employability lessons in the curriculum focus on key skills needed by employers
  • University visits/ Open days
  • Personalised careers interviews – external provider (YC Herts).
  • Independently utilise www.Start.co.uk   – linking likely qualifications and interests with career specific information
  • UCAS workshops and personalised intervention, including information about student finance

 

1, 3, 4,

3, 7, 8

8

3

7

SPRING TERM

  • Hear a visiting speaker about a given career (linked to LEP)
  • Personalised futures interviews with the Headteacher to review current progress
  • Apprenticeship provider visits/ Open days.
  • Careers Fairs (Sir John Lawes School Careers Fair – March)

 

5

8

7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

SUMMER TERM

  • Involvement in Careers Week
  • Sixth Form Work Experience opportunity

 

TBC

6

 

Next review September 2020

Gatsby Benchmark

At RBA we work to the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’ in order to fulfil our requirements to students about good careers guidance. Gatsby

Hertfordshire Skills Framework

We are also informed and utilise the Hertfordshire Skills Framework to guide our Careers provision based on the skills that local employers have recognised make good employees.

Personal & People

Hertfordshire Understanding

Motivation and ambition

Actively participate

Show enthusiasm Knowledge of the sector Pursue aspirations and goals

Confidence

Willing to meet new people

Able to hold conversations with peers, managers and customers

Recognise own strengths and able to present these

Respect and good manners

Listen and learn

Recognise the feelings of others

Be polite

Remain calm

Determination and resilience

Commitment to get things done

Learn from mistakes and accept criticism

Resist distractions

Adapt to changes

Adaptability

Flexible to cope with changing demands

Able to apply knowledge to different situations

Teamwork

Cooperate with others

Recognise skills in others

Value contribution from others

Technical & Practical Skills

Hertfordshire Understanding

Numeracy

Apply simple mathematical concepts

Understand simple arithmetic

Understand costs and expenditure

Literacy

Able to express yourself in writing

Understanding of business etiquette verbally and in writing

Able to explain yourself verbally

Business and customer awareness

Understand commercial realities

Able to professionally communicate with customers

Manage your time effectively

Analytical and problem- solving skills

Investigate systematically

Identify problems

Look for better ways and suggest solutions

Plan and organise tasks

Digital technology

Understand the development in technology for business

Basic knowledge of IT

Qualifications

Achieve qualifications valued by employers

Useful Websites (for students, parents and carers and teachers)

National Apprenticeship Service https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship Allows you to search for live apprenticeship vacancies across the country. 
Amazing Apprenticeships https://amazingapprenticeships.com/ Find out about apprenticeships as well as live vacancies.
YC Hertfordshire https://www.ychertfordshire.org/ The leading provider of CEIAG provision for young people both inside and outside of school in Hertfordshire.
UCAS https://www.ucas.com/ All you need to know about applying for university and the courses available for you.
Hertfordshire Labour Market Information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxEnwYjtk5w An infographic video to explain the types of jobs available and skills required in Hertfordshire

 

See also Hertfordshire Skills Framework.

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