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15/02/24

* Scholars' Education Trust Concert *This year's spectacular venue The Grove Theatre, Dunstable. Tickets on sale now! pic.twitter.com/reQpQqDifw

15/02/24

* Scholars' Education Trust Concert *This year's spectacular venue The Grove Theatre, Dunstable. Tickets on sale now! pic.twitter.com/reQpQqDifw

14/02/24

Thank you to for hosting the 1st Leadership Day. Our Year 8s enjoyed the challenges you set them! pic.twitter.com/4RqIoaJJzE

14/02/24

An amazing rendition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream by our Year 12's. Their spectacular hard work is really showcasing the talent of RBA. pic.twitter.com/7BtLsVKy5a

14/02/24

An amazing rendition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream by our Year 12's. Their spectacular hard work is really showcasing the talent of RBA. pic.twitter.com/7BtLsVKy5a

13/02/24

Yesterday we welcomed Nick from to work with our Student Digital Leaders for the day. The students compiled an e-magazine showcasing our work on digital technology. They collaborated to produce an excellent resource! pic.twitter.com/B7rgNtJgK3

13/02/24

Yesterday we welcomed Nick from to work with our Student Digital Leaders for the day. The students compiled an e-magazine showcasing our work on digital technology. They collaborated to produce an excellent resource! pic.twitter.com/B7rgNtJgK3

06/02/24

Some of our wonderful Teachers in action at tonight's Year 8 Options Evening event. pic.twitter.com/RDf636v7Vm

06/02/24

This evening we invited Parents, Carers and Year 8 students to our Annual Options Evening Event. Over 300 people attended tonight and the hallways and classrooms are buzzing! Thank you to everyone who attended and to our amazing staff and student helpers for a well executed night pic.twitter.com/Jw3tjrDHeY

05/02/24

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05/02/24

FoRBA welcome back Tony Calcott (Medium), for an evening on Tuesday 12th March 2024.Please email forba.co.uk with regard to ticket sales. Tickets are £15 each.Strictly over 18's - doors open at 6.30pm - show starts at 7.30pm pic.twitter.com/c5fti2IDve

03/02/24

Our Year 13s receiving expert advice on advanced note-taking from James. pic.twitter.com/B69RsH6k9B

02/02/24

Dear Parents & Carers,Please take a look at this week's review and see what's been happening in and around the school.Have a lovely weekend!https://t.co/vEurh4dbv1 pic.twitter.com/TYbQYAcEvb

02/02/24

Our Year 13s receiving expert advice on advanced note-taking from James. pic.twitter.com/B69RsH6k9B

02/02/24

Our Sixth Form had a day with James Sherwood from MADE Training, who are a Vision Specialist company delivering workshops on revision strategies and practises to help our students through their A Levels. pic.twitter.com/ro44Ikie8A

01/02/24

Our Year 9 Parents Evening has just begun and looks to be a very busy night for our Teaching Staff, Parents & Students. pic.twitter.com/vsbE1v7tPC

31/01/24

Our History Immersion day has been in full swing with students learning about Civilisation and European Explorers through to Capitalism and Communism. The Students have had great fun through learning today. pic.twitter.com/a4pfn0Fqbb

30/01/24

Time for our Year 10s to start future planning pic.twitter.com/ESJOEkierB

30/01/24

Another cup win for Yr10s this time in the District Competition. 2 goals each for Lewis, Louie and Charlie helped secure a 6-4 win v Goffs Churchgate. 👏⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/aAfO8ymytc

30/01/24

My favourite lesson of the year! Book photography 🤩Another year of fabulous photos taking place pic.twitter.com/fHgxGq6aSw

30/01/24

Dear Parents & Carers,Please head over to our Eventbrite page to secure your seats for GCSE Options Evening for Year 8 Parents, on Tuesday 6th February 2024. Thankyou.https://t.co/qwaEiZrD9g

30/01/24

My favourite lesson of the year! Book photography 🤩Another year of fabulous photos taking place pic.twitter.com/fHgxGq6aSw

29/01/24

Well done boys 👏 bring on the next round! https://t.co/7sgEVOwZgj

29/01/24

Another cup win for Yr10s this time in the District Competition. 2 goals each for Lewis, Louie and Charlie helped secure a 6-4 win v Goffs Churchgate. 👏⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/aAfO8ymytc

29/01/24

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Careers

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 Mrs R Williams, Acting 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.

The careers programme works with all students from year 7 to 13 and is focused on maintaining full compliance with Gatsby benchmarks for Careers Education and also recognise the Hertfordshire Skills Framework and encourage the development of these employability skills through the wider curriculum. 

We are fully compliant with the Baker Clause and are very keen for all our students to gain knowledge about all of their future options.

RBA is keen to expand it’s careers provision to ensure that this year it fully meets the need of the Provider Access Legislation, that came into force in January 2023.

Careers Week:

Week March 2024

We will continue to build on the success of our previous careers’ weeks, below is a summary of our programme:

  • All subjects will be delivering careers-based lessons which will be delivered across all key stages
  •  A wide range of virtual guest speakers, discussing their jobs and careers routes, with a focus on “Breaking stereotypes” with both women’s careers and those from a BAME background
  • Past pupils will be joining us virtually to discuss their post 16 and post 18 experiences
  • A range of activities will be explored during form time
  • Assembly opportunities for guest speakers to discuss careers

Key organisations supporting RBA careers provision:

Services for Young People

www.servicesforyoungpeople.org/careers

 

RBA Personal Advisor

Justine Herridge KS4

  • 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
  • If students would like to arrange an extra appointment please contact your Head of Year.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership/ Careers and Enterprise Company

www.hertfordshirelep.com

www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

RBA Senior Enterprise Coordinator 

Chris Downton

  • 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.

Opportunities for Students

https://www.hopinto.co.uk/

Rachel Williams

Acting Assistant Headteacher

 

  • Find all your need to explore career opportunities in Hertfordshire - jobs, apprenticeships, support to make informed career decisions, explore the world of work in Hertfordshire, tips on gaining work experience, skills development and lots more....

Local Enterprise Industry Partner

www.reynolds-cs.com

 

RBA LEP Advisor

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 Mrs R Williams, Acting 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.

Careers programme is reviewed annually, next review September 2024.

Scholars' Education Trust Provider Access Statement

Careers Map

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

Hop into Hertfordshire

 

https://www.hopinto.co.uk/

Powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, students, employers, residents wishing to upskill, are now able to HOP into all the resources they need to make informed career decisions and build a future talent pipeline.

See also Hertfordshire Skills Framework.

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