So you’re a careers leader – webinar series!

Careers Leader webinar series

This term, we are pleased to be running a series of free CPD webinars designed to help the new or established Careers Leader to understand the new statutory requirements for careers education and start working towards outstanding careers leadership that meets the Gatsby Benchmarks.

This series of eight webinars, from Tristram Hooley and David Andrews, the authors of The Careers Leader Handbook, take you through the careers leader role and meeting the Gatsby benchmarks.

They are available as part of our FREE Careers Leader starter pack, including 58 online resources, via sign up to our Careers Leader Update e-newsletter.  Read about them below and register to join upcoming webinars.


Webinar 1: So you’re a careers leader now! Getting to grips with your new role.

19th Septembersign up to access the recording within the Careers Leader starter pack

From September 2018 all schools have to appoint a ‘careers leader’ to drive good quality careers provision in their school or college. This is all very well, but what does it mean in practice for the individuals who are asked to take on this role. In this webinar Tristram Hooley, the author of The Careers Leader Handbook, will explain what a careers leader is and set out some key starting points for new careers leaders. The webinar will include discussion of the policy expectations, insights into the material in the Handbook and the opportunity to ask questions about some of the key areas that might be concerning you.


Webinar 2: Planning your careers programme. Meeting Gatsby Benchmark #1

25th September sign up to access the recording within the Careers Leader starter pack

Every school and college should have a careers programme that is coherent, which supports young people to move through their education and on to the next stage of their life and equips them to manage their future progression through learning and work.  This programme is not just a collection of activities but a progressive pathway through a range of different career learning opportunities. In this webinar we will be looking at what your school’s programme should look like and how you can make it transparent for young people, their parents, employers and other key stakeholders.

Webinar 3: Making use of labour market information. Meeting Gatsby Benchmark #2

Wednesday 10th Octobersign up to access the recording within the Careers Leader starter pack

Good career guidance rests on good-quality information about the opportunities available and the progression options that follow from them. Without such information young people cannot make informed choices about their future pathways. Career and labour market information includes information on future study options, such as GCSE and A level examination courses, vocational programmes and technical education qualifications in schools and FE colleges, apprenticeships and higher education, as well as information on jobs and the labour market. It also encompasses information on related matters such as student finance and sources of advice and guidance.

In this webinar Tristram Hooley will take you through various key sources of labour market information and discuss how they can most effectively be used as part of your careers programme.


Webinar 4: How can you address all of your learners needs? Meeting Gatsby Benchmark #3

Wednesday 17th Octobersign up to access the recording within the Careers Leader starter pack

The principles of differentiation are widely applied to curriculum planning and delivery in all subjects and should be used when planning careers programmes. A career is a highly individual thing and career learning needs to be differentiated. Everyone has different capabilities, career aspirations and motivations and everyone will pursue a different path through their life and career.

This means that it is important to expose all students to all opportunities and to make sure that you are clear as to what they have been exposed to by keeping good records on each student. In this webinar Tristram Hooley will discuss how to avoid stereotyping and bias and how to engage with social justice in your careers provision including providing good career support for learners with SEND. He will also cover how you can keep good records and track your students progress after they leave your school or college.


Webinar 5: Planning careers education in the curriculum. Meeting Gatsby Benchmark #4

Wednesday 7th November – register when you sign up to access the Careers Leader starter pack

Career guidance interviews, employer talks and careers events such as job fairs and visits to colleges and universities are all important features of an overall careers programme but students also need to gain the knowledge and understanding, and to develop the skills, to plan and manage their career progression. One way of ensuring that no-one gets missed out is to make sure that careers education is well embedded into the curriculum, both by organising specific careers lessons and by including careers content in other subjects and courses. This is why Gatsby Benchmark #4 recommends that “all teachers should link curriculum learning to careers”.

In this webinar David Andrews will define careers education and offer advice on how to identify the outcomes you want to achieve from it. He will also look at how to go about designing schemes of work for careers education and discuss the pros and cons of different approaches to delivering the programme in your school or college. In this last section David will also cover ways of working with other subject areas to link their teaching to careers.


Webinar 6: Working with employers. Meeting Gatsby Benchmarks #5 & #6

Wednesday 14th November – register when you sign up to access the Careers Leader starter pack

One of the challenges of running a careers programme inside a school or college is that it can be difficult to bring the world of work to life. The students will have spent all of their lives to date in the home or in education and many of their teachers may have done the same. To address this it is important to bring in a range of perspectives from employers and other workers, and also to provide opportunities for students to gain direct experience of the workplace. Gatsby Benchmark #5 sets the challenging target that every year, from age 11 to age 18, students should have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer. Gatsby Benchmark #6 sets an expectation that students should have at least two experiences of the workplace before they leave school or college.

In this webinar David Andrews will discuss the range of contributions employers can make to careers programmes. He will present the different activities that can be organised and the different approaches to engaging with employers and organising experiences of the world of work. He will also discuss what constitutes a ‘meaningful’ encounter and how to maximise the learning from such experiences.


Webinar 7: Bringing in other learning providers and going out to them. Meeting Gatsby Benchmark #7

Tuesday 27th November – register when you sign up to access the Careers Leader starter pack

Partly as a result of raising the age of participation in learning to age 18, and also as a consequence of both widening participation in higher education and increasing the number of apprenticeships, the immediate concern of most young people is what course and qualification to pursue next and where to study. This is why Gatsby Benchmark #2 stresses the importance of information on future study options as well as on the labour market. But young people should also be given opportunities to find out about the options available through direct contact with representatives from colleges, apprenticeship providers and universities and visit to these places.

In this webinar David Andrews will discuss working with colleges, apprenticeship providers and universities to help students choose the courses and places of study that best suit their needs and aspirations. He will also cover the statutory duty placed on schools by the so-called ‘Baker Clause’ to create opportunities for other providers to speak to pupils in years 8 to 13.


Webinar 8: Ensuring young people have access to personal career guidance. Meeting Gatsby Benchmark #8

Tuesday 4th December – register when you sign up to access the Careers Leader starter pack

Personal career guidance describes the one-to-one support that is given to individual students by a careers adviser, to help them make choices about future options. Since 2012 schools and colleges have been required to secure access to impartial career guidance for students from Year 8 to Year 13. Gatsby Benchmark #8 sets an expectation that all students will have a career guidance interview with a professionally qualified careers adviser by age 16 and the opportunity for a further such interview between 16 and 18.

In this webinar David Andrews will define personal career guidance and discuss professional practice. He will discuss various approaches to providing career guidance, both through internally appointed advisers and through commissioning services from external providers. He will also cover links with tutoring, mentoring and wider pastoral and student support, and approaches to referring students for guidance.

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