Careers Curriculum

Every student at Biddenham is taught Careers, Enterprise and Employability through our ‘Essential Life Skills’ programme.  This is in order for every child to be prepared for life in Modern Britain (DfE, 2017).  Our programme is personalised and age appropriate with every key stage preparing students to make decisions about their future.  This will be mapped to have the most impact according to their schooling year, for example, option choice subjects at Key Stage 4 and then post 16 courses and post 18 courses thereafter.  We are always aspirational in order for our students to aim high and reach their fullest potential.

“Independent careers guidance must be provided in schools in England to all year 8 — 13 pupils (12 — 18 year olds).

  • It must be provided in an impartial manner — no bias or favouritism towards a particular education or work option
  • It should explore the range of education or training options — including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways
  • Advice should promote the students’ best interests” (UCAS 2017)

Lord Young’s report Enterprise for All: the relevance of enterprise in education (June 2014) says “Enterprise for All is about motivating young people to learn and excel in their education and to see the relevance of their studies. Enterprise is more than the creation of entrepreneurs, it is about a can-do and positive attitude and equipping people with the confidence to develop a career and vocational interests. Enterprise therefore supports the development of a wide range of work and professional skills and capabilities, including resilience, risk taking, creativity and innovation, as well as a self-belief that starting a business is a viable career choice and one of the most exciting and challenging things a person will ever do.”

Resources available to students at Biddenham during their school career;

  • National Careers Week
  • MK Apprenticeship Show
  • Northampton Skills Show
  • Workplace & University visits
  • ELS lessons
  • Assemblies led by local employers, former students and career experts
  • Dedicated Careers Library
  • Individual ‘Fast Tomatos’ careers website license
  • Alumni visits
  • Career insight talks
  • Employer visits to lessons
  • Support with employability skills
  • Mock interviews
  • Regular live local apprenticeship opportunities
  • Impartial information on Post 14, 16 and 18 course choices