Staff Information

Careers information and resources for staff

As a member of staff at Plantsbrook School you are an important part of the careers provision for all students. Whether teaching or non-teaching, you will come into contact with students and you may be asked careers-based questions or take part in career-based discussions. Even though you are an expert in your own field, you are not expected to be a Careers Adviser. We are fortunate to have two qualified Careers Advisers in the Careers Team (Mrs Dullea & Mrs Knowles) to offer information, help and support in this area.

Access to a variety of careers information can be found within the main body of the career’s website. The Careers Team also work very closely with Heads of Year, ACOs and Subject Leaders to provide a variety of information linking curriculum learning to careers and the world of work.

What can I do – ideas:

  • Familiarise yourself with the Gatsby Benchmarks, particularly Gatsby Benchmark 4
  • Embed careers into your scheme of work to help pupils see the links between curriculum learning and careers (Gatsby Benchmark 4).
  • Highlight jobs that use your subject and the pathways into them
  • Embed Skills Builder into your lessons, reinforcing the language of employability skills, such as listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.
  • Have a careers notice / display board related to your subject in each classroom
  • Become familiar with future jobs related to your curriculum area and new qualifications and pathways such as T Levels, traineeships, advanced and higher-level apprenticeships
  • Encourage pupils to take part in extra-curricular activities, the Duke of Edinburgh award, volunteering, work experience and National Citizen Service
  • Become familiar with the Plantsbrook School Annual Careers Plan to see what we offer our pupils (Careers plan located under the Careers Provision for Parents section of the main careers website)
  • Meet with the Careers Team to share ideas and ask for support

The Gatsby Benchmarks

  • A stable career programme
  • Learning from careers and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for social mobility: those young people without significant social capital or home support to draw upon have the most to gain from high-quality career guidance.