Careers information for parents

Parental support with career planning

The aim of this page is to provide an overview of how you, as parents, can support your daughters with their career development, especially at key decision making points such as Year 8 and Year 11. You can also browse the extremely comprehensive careers information already provided for students.

Contact Details:

Mr K Robinson (Careers Leader)
krobinson@bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk

Mr T Maric (Sixth Form Careers)
tmaric@bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk

Mr S Roach (School Careers Adviser)
sroach@bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk

Mr Roach is in the school’s Careers Office – Monday to Friday between September and July providing a drop-in advice service - students from any year group are welcome.

Exam Results and Careers Support 2018/2019

There is still access to a countrywide Exam Results Helpline, provided by the National Careers Service, which uses the same phone number on which you can always access careers advice right the way through the year.

Exam Results Helpline

Careers Advice and Guidance at Bentley Wood High School

We work with Education Development Trust to provide independent careers advice and guidance to your daughter. Stephen Roach is our School Careers Adviser and is in school Monday to Friday and is based in the Careers Office (next to room V3). Each year, Stephen meets with selected Year 10 students individually, all of Year 11 individually (producing detailed action plans, which are given to your daughter through their Careers Information Pack) and all of the Year 12 students are seen individually. Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 13 can also access support.
This is what our careers programme currently looks like for our students:

Your Daughter’s Careers Entitlement:

Year Group

Careers Support

Years 7/8

  • Students experience a Careers Awareness Morning where professionals from a range of different careers come in to talk to the students about their experiences.
  • Option Evening event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer careers education information, advice and guidance.
  • Parent’s Evening event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer careers education information, advice and guidance.
  • The School’s Careers Adviser offers careers drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
  • HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
  • Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
  • Careers software packages.
  • Careers/HE Fair.
  • Careers and Supportive Educational Talks by Guests.

Year 9

  • Parent’s Evening event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer careers education information, advice and guidance.
  • The School’s Careers Adviser offers careers drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
  • HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
  • Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
  • Careers software packages.
  • Careers/HE Fair.
  • Careers and Supportive Educational Talks by Guests.

Year 10

  • 1 week work experience placement.
  • Year 10 Mock Interview Day.
  • Careers Guidance interviews for selected students.
  • Parent’s Evening event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer careers education information, advice and guidance.
  • The School’s Careers Adviser offers careers drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
  • HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
  • Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
  • Careers software packages.
  • Careers/HE Fair.
  • Careers & Supportive Educational Talks by Guests.

Year 11

  • Careers guidance interviews for ALL students.
  • 6th Form and Options Evening.
  • Parent’s Evening event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer careers education information, advice and guidance.
  • The School’s Careers Adviser offers careers drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
  • HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
  • Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
  • Careers software packages.
  • Careers/HE Fair.
  • Careers and Supportive Educational Talks by Guests.
  • GCSE Results Day support.

Year 12/13

  • Careers Guidance interviews for ALL students.
  • 1 week or more Work Experience.
  • Parent’s Evening event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer careers education information, advice and guidance.
  • The School’s Careers Adviser offers careers drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
  • HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
  • Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
  • Careers software packages.
  • Careers/HE Fair.
  • Support with university visits.
  • Careers talks by guest speakers.
  • A Level and AS Level Results Day support.

Careers Software

We have a range of careers software available for use by your daughters, available via the links below. Please ask Mr. Roach for licence code to use the software.

KUDOS asks a series of probing questions about interests and likes/dislikes, before suggesting some potential career areas of interest. These areas of interest are then followed up with detailed information about what is entailed with these career areas and how they can be accessed.

www.cascaid.co.uk/kudos

Higher Ideas suggest ideas for degree courses for students on advanced level/level 3 courses. Students enter their A level or BTEC Level 3 subjects and can see what these can lead on to at university.

http://www.careersoft.co.uk/

Key Decision Points

Year 8

At Bentley Wood High School, students select their GCSE options in Year 8.

Year 11

During Year 11, students make choices about what they will do post-16. These choices include A Levels or BTEC’s (at Bentley Wood or elsewhere), apprenticeships, or other college courses such as T Qualifications or NVQs. Students must stay in some kind of education or training until their 18th birthday.
More detailed information about these key routes can be obtained from Mr. Roach.

Year 12 and 13

In late Year 12 and during Year 13, students consider what they will go on to do after Bentley Wood High School. Most of our students go through the UCAS process and apply for university, but others also look at apprenticeships and school leaver programmes, more details can be obtained from Mr. Roach.

If your son/daughter is applying for university, you will probably want to know more about the latest student finance arrangements. Click on the Which University link below for a handy guide.

Which University - Parents Guide 2018

which university

 

You can also see the attached Which University's excellent 'Parent's Guide to University' below - a PDF guide that covers student finance but also a range of other aspects of helping your daughter through their university application and decision making including choosing a course, making personal statements stand out from the crowd and options for university accommodation.

UCAS has a section to support you as parents as your daughter moves into higher education - you can access it via the link below:

UCAS

 

A 'Must Read' for Parents

This article is reproduced from the 'Not Going to Uni' website, and is a very interesting and thought provoking read for anyone in the position of supporting a son or daughter through making careers decisions.

While you may have helped your child decide which GCSEs to study, as they get older the decisions about their education and career get even tougher. This is especially true if you and your teenager don’t agree on what direction they should take. Perhaps you have your own set of dreams for your teen to follow, but they don’t seem to agree and want to do something else entirely? Of course, you just want the best for your child and are trying to guide them in what you believe is the best direction. But, your way may not be the best way for them any longer and there are plenty of different routes to the same career these days.

With university fees being a concern for many families, it is of little surprise that many young people are now looking at apprenticeships as a real option. Choosing between university and an apprenticeship is something that you want to help your child do, so it is worth researching both options properly before making any decisions. Aside from money issues, there are other factors to consider, such as the chances of getting a job at the end of it all and the type of training available (on-the-job vs. academic).

If your teen has a good idea of what they would like to do as a career you may want to search for any available apprenticeships in your area. By doing some research you will be able to present an informed opinion to your teen and really help them by showing what you have found. Using this sort of information and showing the pros and cons of each option will also make it seem less like you are ‘nagging’ or pressuring them into one or another.

Some teens have no idea what they want to do, so it may even be best to let them explore the world of work to see what is out there. There are plenty of jobs available for school leavers, and they can always go back to do some more study later.
Deciding upon options, whether they are for A levels or even after can be a stressful time for both teenagers and their parents, but the more you can work through things together the better it is. Try to pay attention to what your teenager wants, listen to their ideas, and maybe you can use your own experience to help them make the right choice.

However, don’t let yourself be too swayed by what you did when you were their age. Times are constantly changing and you have to remember your son or daughter have to find a way that suits them. That said, if you do your research (you can even ask our dedicated ‘Advice Centre’ if you have questions), then you will at least know that you are making an informed choice – rather than one based on emotion or hearsay.

Helping your teen make the right choice for the future may seem like a huge moment for you both, but no decision needs to close the door on another – whether academic or vocational.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have changed. It’s certainly worth finding out more when there are up to 28,000 vacancies online at any time, in sectors ranging from nuclear to fashion, and from banking to defence. Some employers even fund degrees for their apprentices.

Two of the best websites for parents wanting to find out more about apprenticeships are:

 

Amazing Apprenticeships2Get in Go far2
Amazing Apprenticeships is the approved communication channel, commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, to support the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for Schools project

Please download the Parents’ Pack May 2019

Especially for Daughters.....

The government, in conjunction with the PSHE Association, has recently produced a guide for parents of girls entitled 'Your Daughter's Future' and we are pleased to bring this to you here.

Your Daughters Future

From the introduction:

Your daughter is on the brink of adulthood, making choices that will shape her life for years to come. At times she may enjoy all the new experiences, opportunities, options that are presented to her. At other times she may find the challenge to choose the right education and career options – alongside all the other pressures of teenage years – too heavy to carry alone. You want her to make the most of her potential, to use her talents in the right way for her. You want her to have a secure future – a job, enough money to live comfortably. But most of all you want her to be happy.

Many parents of teenagers worry that they are losing their influence. They suspect that their children are guided more by peer pressure and fitting in with their friends than anything their parents might tell them. But research evidence shows that it is in fact parents who are young people’s main influence in choosing careers. During the writing of this toolkit we talked to a large number of teenage girls and they all, without exception, agreed that parents were their main role models and source of help at this time. They wanted and welcomed their parents’ advice and support so long as – and this is critical – their parents did not try to take control. More than once, they imagined themselves as driving a car, towards a destination that they had chosen, with their mum or dad sitting beside them. Whenever they were anxious about what way to go, their parent would offer to check the map and suggest routes – but no backseat driving!

Just as your daughters don’t want to be told what to do, nor do you. This pack isn’t going to tell you what your daughter should do when she leaves school, or how you should be a parent. That’s up to the both of you. What you will find here is information on qualifications, apprenticeships and careers. There’s also suggestions on how you can most effectively support your daughter at this time, based on the research evidence and what we have been told by other parents and by teenage girls. Some of this may be useful; some of it won’t. This isn’t an instruction manual but a toolkit, for you to use in whatever way works for you. We hope you find it useful.

Online Careers Guidance for Parents

This is by far the best website we know of for parents seeking information to help their son or daughter with careers decisions:

creating advice for parents2The National Careers Service is the main government website for young people (and older ones too!) in the UK to access up to date careers information and guidance:


The National Careers Service

Careermag for parents 

Labour Market Information

Understanding LMI is crucial when providing careers guidance and advice - which job areas are seeing an increase or decrease in employee demand, both nationally and locally?

The best source for information on national labour market information is the PLOTR website, accessed by the button below:

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