Careers Information, Advice and Guidance at Twyford:
Twyford C of E High School is committed to preparing students for future success in education, employment and training. Our comprehensive Careers programme uses the Gatsby Benchmarks & The Baker Clause to develop and implement our Careers provision and enable a range of education and training providers to regularly engage with all students across Year 7-13. Within our Careers programme, all students receive unbiased and impartial information about potential next steps and high quality careers guidance. We aim to provide high quality, meaningful opportunities for students to encounter the world of work and teach students a range of employability skills to ensure they have a successful future in the workplace. Our vision for Careers supports our whole school ethos (John 10:10) of nurturing students unique gifts, skills and talents and ensuring students enjoy ‘life in all its fullness’ and engage positively with their future life choices.
Careers Leadership at Twyford:
The Careers Leader at Twyford is Miss Louise Adams (Assistant Head teacher: Head of Wider Learning & Careers). As a school, all staff including Teachers, Tutors, Heads of Year, Heads of Department and Senior Leadership Team are committed to supporting the Careers programme.
The contact details for Careers & Work Experience are:
- Miss L Adams (Head of Careers): [email protected]
- Careers IAG general enquiries: [email protected]
- Work Experience: [email protected]
Both our school website and COPIA contain regular updates about our Careers programme including events, opportunities, talks and Careers Bulletins.
Supporting Twyford's Careers Programme:
If you or a family member or friend are a business or employer, education or training provider and could support Twyford with our Careers programme (including Work Experience placements, Careers talks, networking opportunities) please do contact us as we are always looking to expand our network of employers and education providers. We are particularly looking for further Work Experience opportunities, Internships and Career talks in Hospitality, Medicine, Research and Languages industries; if you are able to offer any support with these areas, please do get in touch.
Careers Guidance in schools - Statutory Frameworks:
In December 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) published a new Careers Strategy for secondary schools followed by statutory guidance in January 2018. Schools must have an appointed Careers Leader and a Careers Information, Advice & Guidance (CIAG) Programme for each academic year. By September 2020 schools should be meeting the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks (outlined below):
The Gatsby Benchmarks:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
The Baker Clause:
In January 2018, the DfE also introduced ‘The Baker Clause’ as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017. The Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training provider’s access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. It is expected that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy.
To ensure we are compliant with The Bakers Clause, we have developed excellent links & partnerships with the following organisations & providers, who regularly run assemblies, talks, small group sessions & workshops for our students:
- West London College
- Other local colleges (Including Brentford FC Post 16 Football Education Programme, Capel Manor, Kingston College)
- ASK Programme (Apprenticeship, Support & Knowledge)
- Partner of InvestIN (Immersive career programmes for 12-18 year olds, free bursary places for Pupil Premium students available)
- Links with Countryside (A construction company based in Acton)
- Kudos – online Career platform for all Y7-13 students (this provides students with a variety of different pathways into an industry)
Quality Assurance within our Careers provision:
The quality of a school’s Career provision will be based on:
- How the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical and vocational
- The Broader development of students; enabling students to discover interests and talents
- How students are prepared for future success in their next steps
- How schools promote an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all students
In order to regularly evaluate our Careers provision, we complete a compass tool once per year, which provides information about how we are achieving against the Gatsby Benchmarks. Our most recent Compass evaluation in February 2021 showed that we are making excellent progress with meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks:
We are confident that our Careers provision is wide ranging, inclusive and diverse. Within our Pastoral Programme, Wider learning offer, Curriculum and additional Careers IAG provisions, we feel that we are giving students the right support, knowledge and skills to be successful in their future at Twyford at beyond.
As always, we are open to receiving feedback & suggestions for further ways to continue to develop & refine our Careers programme.
Miss L Adams
Assistant Headteacher: Head of Wider Learning & Careers
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 8752 0141
This page will next be reviewed and updated August 2022.
The Twyford Careers Programme 2021-22 can be viewed below.
To view the Twyford CofE Academies Trust full careers policy please refer to the Wider Learning and Information, Advice and Guidance Policy.
The Twyford CofE Academies Trust Provider Access Policy sets out circumstances in which providers of technical education and apprenticeships will be given access to Year 8-13 pupils.
The Twyford CofE Academies Trust Work Experience Policy sets out responsibilities and arrangements for work experience.
Year 10 Work Experience
Year 10 Work Experience Clinics are currently running in the LRC every Friday during lunchtime for pupils who require assistance with contacts and placements, as well as assistance with their CVs and cover letters.
Application forms must be completed by your placement main contact. If the company or programme you are applying to requires consent for under 16+ pupils, a consent and waiver form must be completed.
Queries can be directed to [email protected]
Year 12 Work Experience
We encourage all students in Year 12 to secure a work experience placement in the designated 10 days at the end of the summer term from (from Monday 11th July 2022). Ideally this should be in an industry that they are considering for their Post 18 plans. Throughout the year we share opportunities with students from our own work experience database as well as local & wider employers. We also have a range of virtual placements that students can engage with such as SpringPod for Careers in Medicine & Healthcare, opportunities with Heathrow Airport, UCL, Nuffield & InvestIN. Plus students have regular access to Kudos – our online careers platform. We will share all opportunities in our half term CIAG bulletins and weekly careers emails. Students can speak to their tutor, Head of Year or the Careers team if they need further guidance. They can also check our Copia page: Wider Learning & Careers > Careers > Y12 work experience for further updates.