Careers & Work Experience
- Mrs A Moise-Dixon – Headteacher
- Mrs M Allitt – Deputy Headteacher and SLT link for CEIAG Provision
- Ms H Li – Careers Co-ordinator
Providers, parents/carers and students should contact Ms H Li by email or phone regarding any career education-related enquiry.
St Bernard’s High School Vision Statement
Our vision is that each individual student can actively engage in setting their careers goals, having been provided with relevant and current careers information and guidance. We pride ourselves in recognising that a personalised and tailored approach is needed to ensure that each student can realise their career goals.
Careers Vision Statement
Our students will leave St Bernard’s High School with the ability to make informed choices about their future, leading to better life chances and opportunities. They will gain the skills and experiences necessary to make them stand out, regardless of their backgrounds and starting points.
We are currently developing a new careers strategy that secures the above vision for all our students.
- Improve the way in which the school tracks, monitors and measures impact of the careers education our students receive
- Increase parental engagement and awareness in the impact of their child’s careers education
- Ensure every teacher is considered a teacher of careers and is clear about the role that they play
St Bernard’s High School offers all students the opportunity for independent and impartial careers advice and guidance. St Bernard’s High School also has its own careers adviser, Ms H Li. All students will receive at least two separate careers advice sessions at key transition points; Year 9 options, Year 11 Post-16 pathways. Year 12 and 13 will also receive careers advice sessions to support their Post-18 pathways, if required. There is an opportunity for ‘drop in’ advice sessions for any students who have further career-related questions through their Heads of Years and Form Tutors. Students and parents are welcome to contact Ms H Li directly if they wish to discuss any careers questions or book additional careers advice sessions.
Career and Labour Market Information (LMI)
- There are careers boards around the school, which will display up-to-date career information
- Specific career and LMI-related lessons take place within our Personal, Social, Health and Economic education programme
- Students can also use the careerometer at the bottom of this page, or log into their careers profile account
Key Stage 3
All KS3 students will have access to an online careers platform which enables students to look at what their future options are and gives them access to several resources and activities to develop employability skills.
In PSHE students will cover career related themes but careers will be referenced in all subjects over the course of the year.
Key Stage 4
Year 10 and 11 students will continue to have access to their online careers platform which enables students to look at what their future options are and gives them access to several resources and activities to develop post-16 pathways. They will also cover career related themes in PSHE and across all subjects.
Key Stage 5
Year 12 and 13 students will continue to have access to their online careers platform which enables students to look at what their future options are and gives them access to several resources and activities to develop their post-18 pathways. They will also cover career related themes in PSHE and across all subjects.
Careers and the Curriculum
All teachers at St Bernard’s High School will highlight potential careers within their subjects. At key transition points (Year 9 options, Year 11 post-16 pathways and Year 12 and 13 post-18 pathways) teachers deliver subject-specific career-led lessons outlining the range of pathways available. All students are required to choose GCSEs options to ensure that a wide range of subjects are studied, so that a variety of career choices are available in the future.
Encounters with Employers and Employees
At St Bernard’s High School, every student will have opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.
Encounters with Further and Higher Education
At St Bernard’s High School, every student will have opportunities to encounter providers and learn more about their post-16 and post-18 options.
Throughout the year, we will invite guest speakers to come in and talk about their further education and careers experiences. These guests will come from a variety of backgrounds and will include St Bernard’s High School Alumni.
We welcome employer/employee and alumni guest speakers to the academy to engage with our students. Please contact Ms H Li if you are interested.
All our students take part in the careers fair. This comprises a number of workshops where students gain understanding of a range of workplace skills and the pathways available to them. We have a regular team of providers who provide engaging activities. Some of the organisations we have welcomed to St Bernard’s High School include Basildon University Hospital, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, IBM, Ingleton Wood LLP, National Grid, RAF, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Southend City Council, University of Essex and many more.
We intend to hold a fair every academic year. If you would like to be involved, please contact Ms H Li.
Students can also experience and encounter further education providers and employers through our ongoing work with a number of providers.
Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
All students have at least two impartial careers advice sessions led by Ms H Li. Students are supported through targeted careers advice based on their career interest or industry type. Students with additional needs, or those at risk, are allocated additional one-to-one careers advice sessions to ensure that they choose the correct pathway for their own career aims with the additional support of our SENCo and LA.
Experiences of Workplaces
Work experience could provide your child with opportunities to:
- Help personal and social development, and develop key skills in a work environment
- Improve employability by searching for their own placement – linked to their chosen career
- Learn about the world of work
- Meet new people and find out what it means to work as a team
- Take responsibility for their own actions
We welcome employers offering work placements for our students. Please contact Ms H Li if you wish to offer a work placement. All workplaces must have employee liability insurance.
Our students’ responsibility is to:
- Be active in helping themselves as well as us helping them
- They should use their careers online platform to find out more about a career idea that interests them
- Be prepared to be realistic when making choices about the range of opportunities available
- Carry out all actions they have agreed to undertake with us
- Students should contact Ms H Li if they have any concerns or extra support is needed
Parents/carers can help by:
- Attending all parents’ evenings to gain awareness of your child’s progress and attainment
- Encouraging your child to try out new activities such as joining school and out-of-school activities
- Giving option and career advice without pressure
- Encouraging friends/family to talk about their experience of work
- Attending open evenings and options evening to discuss potential career paths with teachers
- Volunteer to share experiences at ST Bernard’s High School by contacting Ms H Li
Careerometer (LMI for All)
https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/cm2/ (This needs to be embedded onto the page, not the link. See below as an example.)
This Career-o-meter can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations and help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
- Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you
- You can then look up another two occupations and compare
- You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected
- Be aware that this is national average data, but you can use it to help you get a bigger picture of the potential opportunities on offer when used in conjunction with our own Industry, Job Area, Job Ideas and Organisation profiles here on ‘icanbea...’.