Q7. How does your school ensure that pupils receive relevant encounters with further and higher education and work-based learning providers to help them make career decisions about future learning options?
Why is this important?
All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace. Ensuring that pupil have these learning experiences needs to be well managed and can be very resource intensive, particularly if there are few local education providers8.
What strategic questions should you ask the senior leadership team about providing encounters with further and higher education providers?
- Who has responsibility for managing and co-ordinating encounters with further and higher education providers?
- How does your school ensure that all pupils receive opportunities to visit a range of learning providers including sixth forms, colleges and universities?
- How does your school ensure that all pupils receive information and opportunities to learn about apprenticeships and work-related learning providers?
Case study of good practice
Essential resources to support your school to achieve this Benchmark
- Raising aspirations: The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach scheme aims to encourage more pupils into further and higher education. It brings together universities and further education colleges into local networks to provide coordinated outreach to schools and colleges.
- The National Apprenticeship Service have produced a guide on apprenticeships
Additional resources to support your school to achieve this Benchmark
8 Spielhofer, T., Golden, S. and Evans, K. (2011). Young People’s Aspirations in Rural Areas. Slough: NFE
Other questions in Careers
- Q1. How does your school develop, manage and implement its careers programme?
- Q2. How does your school provide opportunities for pupils to learn from career and labour market information?
- Q3. How does your school address the career guidance needs of each pupil?
- Q4. How do teaching staff in your school link curriculum learning to careers?
- Q5. How does your school ensure that pupils have multiple encounters with employers and employees which enrich their understanding of working practices?
- Q6. How does your school ensure that pupils receive relevant experiences of work places to help them to make career decisions?
- Q8. How does your school ensure that all pupils have access to the personal guidance they require to help them make informed career decisions?