Q2. How does your school provide opportunities for pupils to learn from career and labour market information?

Why is this important?

Every pupil and their parents or carers should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. The world of work is changing rapidly and good careers guidance goes beyond having a well-stocked careers library to ensuring that students can access a full range of online career-related information sources.

Schools need to educate their pupils to become discerning (and safe users) of information, but young people will also need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.

What strategic questions should you ask the senior leadership team about your school’s career and labour market provision?

  • How does your school ensure that all pupils receive information about all learning routes including academic and vocational pathways and qualifications?
  • How are the destinations of previous pupils gathered and used to inform your school’s career guidance programme?
  • How does the school use alumni in their programme?
  • How does your school access career and labour market information and make sure it is relevant and shared with its pupils?

Case study of good practice

Millthorpe School provides pupils and their parents with many opportunities to develop their knowledge about local post-16 study/employment prospects and information and guidance on local and regional labour market information. This is done through:

  • Information days hosting representatives from local business sectors, from all Post-16 providers in the area and from Higher Education providers, delivered to entire year groups.
  • The school website which links to local & regional events; to external websites with further labour market information and explanations of how to use it; and a publication detailing the school’s progression programme.
  • A weekly email to parents which signposts open days and events in and out of school
  • Taster days for all Year 11 pupils at different Post-16 providers
  • Open evenings and open days
  • Careers notice boards including information about alumni and progression routes including vocational options
  • Lessons for all Year 9 pupils on choosing GCSE options
  • Inviting alumni in to talk to students.
  • Pupils are encouraged to develop their information handling skills through:
  • IT, where pupils learn about the need to evaluate online resources
  • Citizenship, where pupils learn about social media
  • In library lessons in years 7 and 8, where pupils learn about researching using information.

Essential resources to support your school to achieve this Benchmark

Resources for school leaders and teachers:
  • LMI for all is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of labour market information (LMI) which is made freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications.

Additional resources to support your school to achieve this Benchmark

Resources for school leaders and teachers:
  • To discover free resources which inform pupils about progression routes and careers follow this link to icould
  • STEM Learning provides information and resources to educators on a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related issues including STEM related career-learning.
  • Information about a Future First project to develop school’s alumni networks

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