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.
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
RBA Personal Advisor
Justine Herridge KS4
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership/ Careers and Enterprise Company
RBA Senior Enterprise Coordinator
Opportunities for Students
Acting Assistant Headteacher
Local Enterprise Industry Partner
RBA LEP Advisor
Meeta Khatani from Reynold’s Foods
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.
At RBA we work to the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’ in order to fulfil our requirements to students about good careers guidance.
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
Motivation and ambition
Show enthusiasm Knowledge of the sector Pursue aspirations and goals
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
Determination and resilience
Commitment to get things done
Learn from mistakes and accept criticism
Adapt to changes
Flexible to cope with changing demands
Able to apply knowledge to different situations
Cooperate with others
Recognise skills in others
Value contribution from others
Technical & Practical Skills
Apply simple mathematical concepts
Understand simple arithmetic
Understand costs and expenditure
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
Look for better ways and suggest solutions
Plan and organise tasks
Understand the development in technology for business
Basic knowledge of IT
Achieve qualifications valued by employers
Useful Websites (for students, parents and carers and teachers)
|National Apprenticeship Service
|Allows you to search for live apprenticeship vacancies across the country.
|Find out about apprenticeships as well as live vacancies.
|The leading provider of CEIAG provision for young people both inside and outside of school in Hertfordshire.
|All you need to know about applying for university and the courses available for you.
|Hertfordshire Labour Market Information
An infographic video to explain the types of jobs available and skills required in Hertfordshire
|Hop into Hertfordshire
|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.