All students in Year 10 undertake a two week work experience placement during their Summer term. Work Experience is intended to enable students to gain experience of the world of work. Students are encouraged to find their own placements but are supported by the Work Experience Coordinator. Blackfen works in conjunction with Bromley Education Business Partnership to ensure that all placements have appropriate insurance and health and safety arrangements.
Blackfen School for Girls recognises the importance of careers education and guidance to prepare students for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of life which includes preparation for working life.
The careers department at Blackfen work within the requirements in accordance with the DfE Careers Provision document (Careers guidance and access for education and training providers) published in October 2018.
Blackfen has a duty to help, promote and develop students Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance and Work Related Learning (CEIAG).
Work related learning has an important contribution to make to the education of all students to ensure the transition from school life to working life is successful.
The statutory duty requires that all registered students are provided with independent, impartial careers advice from Year 7 to Year 13.
What we offer
Our independent, impartial careers guidance is delivered in-school by Miss Phillips from Prospects and coordinated by Mrs Smith, Blackfen School for Girls Work Experience and Business/Community Links Coordinator.
Independent and Impartial Careers Interviews – By the end of Year 9 & Year 11 all students will receive either a 1:1 or small group interview with Jody Phillips to support their transition into KS4 & KS5.
Challenge Days – Year 8 students participate in a Careers Challenge day to raise aspirations and inform of career pathways. Guest speakers are invited to school from various career sectors and higher education providers to raise awareness of student’s options.
Year 10 Challenge Day prepares them for their forthcoming Work Experience placement during the summer term. A professional Theatre company perform an interactive production to cover areas such as interview technique, employer’s expectations, dress code, customer’s service and health and safety. Students also participate in communication workshops.
Sixth Form – 1-2-1 interviews are available upon request from Miss Phillips, Prospects Careers Advisor to provide on-going support for students.
Year 12 Challenge Days- Various Challenge days linked to Careers are provided throughout Year 12 and Year 13 which include:
All Year 12 students attend a visit to Sussex University
UCAS Challenge Day- students are given a talk from ex-students and a representative from ‘Push’. They also work with tutors to discuss the pros and cons of moving away from home and look at the financial aspect
All Year 12 students undertake work experience during Spring Term.
Year 13 - All Year 13 students attend Skills London for the opportunity to explore jobs and careers though interactive workshops and demonstrations.
Prospects Careers Advisor provides on-going support for students in the year group.
The Transition Co-ordinator meets with every Year 13 student to discuss future plans. The Transition Co-ordinator is available throughout the year to discuss alternatives to school and updates the apprenticeship boards on a weekly basis
Annually during National Careers Week in March we host a careers forum for the whole school and parents/guardians to attend. The event includes visiting speakers from various career sectors. Visiting exhibitors include universities (including Oxbridge and Russell Group), companies, apprenticeship providers and further education colleges.
Careers Resources and Links
The National Careers Service website https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk offers information and professional impartial advice about education, training and work for all ages. For information regarding university courses www.ucas.com.
The careers library contains a varied range of books, leaflets and prospectuses about further and higher education.
As part of the careers guidance and education programme we deliver at Blackfen School for Girls your child has access to New Kudos, the latest program from CASCAID.
New Kudos is accessible online and we are encouraging the use of it at home to involve parents with the important decisions your child has to make about their future options.
New Kudos will help your child to assess their interests and skills, as well as letting them explore and research different education and career options, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.
To access the program please visit www.cascaid.co.uk/newkudos and click on the log in button, your child can then log in using the access details given to them by Mrs Smith.
All CASCAID programs come with a comprehensive range of support materials including the Parents’/Carers’ Guide to Careers Education & Guidance. This Guide will help you understand the options available to your child at each transition stage.
To view the Parents’ Guide please visit www.cascaid.co.uk/support. The Guide will be available to download under the Product Support Resources section.
Students have access to www.icould.com which is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people. It shows what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.