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Careers Education and Guidance

Dartford Grammar School for Girls recognises the importance of careers education and guidance to prepare students for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of life, during which they must be able to respond to the changing demands of a technological age, adapt to differing modes of employment, develop lifelong learning resources, and balance work and leisure.

Dartford Grammar School for Girls is committed to enabling students to understand the working environment in which they will eventually participate. We recognise that it is important for students to identify their own strengths and aptitudes. Working with students, parents/carers and school staff we aim to raise student aspirations to ensure they plan to achieve, and attain, full learning and career potential.

The school encourages and supports appropriate work experience opportunities and placements, as well as providing information and support to students making applications for employment and further and higher education.

At Dartford Grammar School for Girls we want students to be enthusiastic and motivated by their future careers rather than find it a daunting experience. By embedding careers into the curriculum, engaging with alumni, employers, universities and taking part in careers activities, students will engage more fluidly with their future and make choices that suit their interests and strengths inside and outside of school. Each student who meets with the Careers Adviser will work on an Action Plan which gives them the opportunity to take ownership of their pathway and have the confidence to explore in an impartial environment.

The school’s careers programme builds from year to year as students move through the school. A summary of our approach is below, for information:

Careers page image Oct 2021

Careers Department

Miss Longley, Assistant Headteacher, develops and leads the Careers Strategy alongside other senior staff, ensuring that the school offers a coherent careers programme that meets all eight of the Gatsby benchmarks. By meeting these benchmarks, Dartford Grammar School for Girls is committed to preparing students for the next step of their journey.

Mrs Culbreth, Careers Adviser, offers impartial careers guidance to students, at all levels of their education. Alongside planning and leading activities for all year groups, she is the first point of contact for students, parents/carers, employers and other bodies relating to careers. She can be contacted by email and is located in school on the top floor of the Main Building. 

Measuring impact and evaluating provision

Dartford Grammar School for Girls regularly evaluates the effectiveness of the careers programme, analysing and tracking student progress and destinations at all levels. Destination data is used to determine success and transition to the next stage while the effectiveness is further measured against the Gatsby Benchmarks. We regularly consider the views of the entire school community; students, parents/carers, and staff, through the use of Google surveys. This feedback is regularly reviewed and necessary improvements are put in place. The careers programme at Dartford Grammar School for Girls is continuously developing and is flexible to meet the needs and demands of the students we serve. A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of the careers programme in school and the next formal review will be undertaken in October 2022.

Information and guidance for students

Key Stage 3

Take the buzz quiz: https://icould.com/buzz-quiz

Consider a range of options: https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Find information on pathways and courses: https://www.pearson.com/uk/learners/secondary-students-and-parents/career-choices.html

Key Stage 4

Build knowledge on qualifications and careers: https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/qualifications

Find out about university: https://discoveruni.gov.uk/

Find out about different options: https://www.ucas.com/what-are-my-options

Research your next steps: https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/

Key Stage 5

Find specific information about your fields of interest, entry requirements and options: https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice

Information and guidance for parents/carers

You can support your daughter/son to consider their future career by discussing areas that interest them. Supporting your child by helping them to consider their strengths and areas to develop, alongside researching a variety of careers may encourage them to consider the skills required for different career pathways. When thinking about their career, it is important that students know about education, employment and training in their fields of interest, alongside thinking about the entrance requirements for various fields. Students are encouraged to fully embed themselves in the wider school community in order to develop their skills as well-rounded young people alongside focusing on their academic studies. Below are website links that may provide further support when guiding your daughter/son:

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

http://www.parentadviser.co.uk/

https://icould.com/explore

If you have any questions relating to Careers Information and Advice and/or Higher Education support at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, we would be pleased to hear from you. Similarly, if you would like to volunteer to visit the school to share professional advice, please contact Mrs Culbreth. She can be contacted via email rculbreth@dartfordgrammargirls.org.uk or by telephone on 01322 223123 ext. 213.