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26/03/20

Retweeted From Tim Vizer Ⓥ 🌱

Any chance you could retweet this for our fantastic local community zoo in Cheshunt, Broxbourne? They need to get 1,000 subscribers for their YouTube channel. 🙂 https://t.co/haHjfMu5qB

26/03/20

Good work, Tom! https://t.co/S5fKZj57aG

26/03/20

Dear Parents, Mr Creasey has produced this guide to help support you and your child with remote learning. We will also be sending out a catch up survey tomorrow to you and your child. https://t.co/LYGdcpGk5L

25/03/20

Retweeted From RBA Creative Arts

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25/03/20

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25/03/20

Retweeted From RBA Creative Arts

RBA students working hard at home on some fantastic artwork. https://t.co/eerB1uwmxC

25/03/20

Retweeted From Andy Cope

Kids, when you've recovered from workout this morning, tune into our lesson at 10am Joe sorts your body, we'll sort your mind Lesson 1: HOW TO HAVE A BRILLIANT LIFE. Here, at 10am https://t.co/iahnhEBHiZ

25/03/20

Retweeted From Andy Cope

Books to feed your children’s minds. We may as well emerge as better people https://t.co/740H8Njygh

24/03/20

If your child receives free school meals, you should have received today a text or email to select your supermarket vouchers. Please email admin if you have any queries. Stay safe and stay at home

24/03/20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 - https://t.co/ciMhjVEZrc. Your questions (many of them) answered. https://t.co/upLjrOugkC

23/03/20

Retweeted From Mark

RBA Thought of the week! Very apt. https://t.co/RiZrtzdWhw

23/03/20

Massive thank you to parents for their understanding in using our emergency provision only if they are key workers who have no other options available at home to keep their children safe. This has made the numbers more manageable and our job much easier. Thank you!

22/03/20

We must all listen to the govt advice. If we contacted you about a place in school next week, please consider if it is critical. We want to help but if you can keep your child safely at home you should do so. We all want to keep all our students and staff safe! https://t.co/nSFbLtnl3E

20/03/20

Coronavirus: Ofqual reveals how pupils to get grades this summer. https://t.co/drn7JKUb5l

19/03/20

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire Broxbourne

Are you aged 13-17 in care in ? Come and visit our Young People in Care Group Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm and see our friendly, qualified youth workers who can help you prepare for independent living! https://t.co/mjJwIBfCid https://t.co/5Qy63z4zv1

19/03/20

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire Broxbourne

If you are or know a young person who is worried about knife crime telephone/email team about your concerns to find out how we can support you. https://t.co/3Wkx6PZS6Q https://t.co/iMAs2XNy65

19/03/20

Retweeted From Ms Melhuish

Something for my PE classes to be completing at home each day https://t.co/YskMOYCway

18/03/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

To the whole SET community: We are receiving the news about the government’s proposals for schools and examinations at the same time as you are and we will obviously need more detail before we can issue a confident response. Please bear with us!

18/03/20

Information regarding the school’s status following tonight’s announcement from the PM has now been sent to students and parents via EduLink and email. Please read this carefully. Thank you for your ongoing support and do take care.

17/03/20

Retweeted From Sarah Barker

This has had a hugely positive response - if you're making resources for all possible eventualities (closures etc) then please share them. It'll relieve the pressure for all of us. We could use the hashtag to group them. Please RT. https://t.co/fHYlLVx6Lx

17/03/20

Retweeted From Stephen Tierney

Final shout out for this; special plea to any headteachers who are worried about how their FSM children will be fed if/when schools close - please sign https://t.co/D11YUM27KP Thank you & for any RTs; special thanks to

17/03/20

Retweeted From Rachel Johnson PiXL

Here is James Heale talking about some ideas on keeping a sense of community if you are facing school closures due to high staff absence. . Click 'Watch on Vimeo' if your privacy settings won't allow view on Twitter. https://t.co/XhYv0P1d7d

17/03/20

Retweeted From Ed Kirwan

Following on - I've also put the full resource for the pack on so that it's easy to download and accessible for all without having to sign up. Ease is needed over everything right now! https://t.co/fL2jWvttLb

17/03/20

Retweeted From Schools Week

Coronavirus: headteachers sign open letter to DfE demanding answers over how poorer pupils will access free meals if schools close, as staff prepare food parcels and vouchers https://t.co/ws058uO5FL

17/03/20

The school is closed to years 9 & 10 only, tomorrow. Years 7, 8, 11, 12 & 13 are expected to be in as normal. Please do not send in students who are displaying a high temperature and/ a new, continuous cough. Thank you for your continued support.

16/03/20

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

clearing, clearing and more clearing today! https://t.co/Mjlhn0WL1j

16/03/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

It is with sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel the Scholars’ Education Trust Concert that would have been taking place tomorrow, 17 March 2020, at Alban Arena. See attached letter. . . https://t.co/0nIplyM6cq

13/03/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay PE

Well done to all students getting fully involved in activities for this week. Congratulations to Austen House for winning the House Handball Competition and to the Student and Staff Volleyball teams finishing the week in style 🤾‍♀️ 🤾‍♂️ 🏐 https://t.co/XdMzCCaewY

13/03/20

Thoroughly enjoyable game - well done to all involved.

13/03/20

Mr Mac raising the profile of Sports Relief today and sharing how the money raised will make a difference. Watch out for the charity volleyball game after school - staff vs students! https://t.co/JVM3AbAoyu

12/03/20

Retweeted From Rav

A great opportunity has arisen for an English KS5 Coordinator. Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your career within a supportive and enthusiastic department? Click on the link below for more details https://t.co/NieE8nuJZV

12/03/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We are hiring! Looking to join an inspirational education trust with schools across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. See website for vacancies https://t.co/YnvSrgkvem . . https://t.co/9Z8KGMRTPR

12/03/20

Retweeted From Rav

Our 4th TLDW tutor session tonight . We are reflecting on the impact so far and how the journey will continue. https://t.co/eFQ01cElNm

11/03/20

An warm welcome from Headteacher to the new Year 7 students for September 2020 https://t.co/VOA3hFO42A

11/03/20

welcoming our new year 7 cohort this evening. It is fantastic to meet all of our new students and parents - welcome to the https://t.co/CpZS9PgOZY

10/03/20

Retweeted From Ben Martin

A huge thank you to today, taking over 600 students through his life story Touching on the dangers of alcohol, drugs, knife crime, gangs and, more importantly, making positive choices https://t.co/l38k24VpQX

10/03/20

Today we welcome Paul Hannaford to to speak to all students about the dangers of knife crime, gangs, drugs, alcohol and making positive choices. https://t.co/jJJsGrQ5Qi

09/03/20

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Learning about different soil textures by squidging up and analysing soil. The verdict: sandy clay https://t.co/DKNepuV5nz

09/03/20

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

New growth - lettuce and cosmos seedlings https://t.co/mDRJoBt6dW

08/03/20

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

students on route to Royal Albert Hall! Performing at Hertfordshire Schools Gala Concert! https://t.co/sreVzLcyqR

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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