More Ofsted praise for Bucks

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Congratulations to The Beaconsfield School – the latest of a number of schools in Bucks receiving praise from Ofsted for careers education within positive inspection reports.

Careers Coordinator Cat Collingridge said: “We had a visit from Ofsted in February and we are good in all areas. My careers meeting with the inspector went really well and she praised the amount of experiences and advice our students get. Thank you to both of you [the EC and EA] with your support of this.”

The report specifically highlighted that:

  • Leaders have developed a rounded package of support to ensure that pupils are well informed about making choices for their next steps in education, employment or training. They have access to impartial careers advice from a variety of sources. As a result, pupils are well equipped to make sensible and carefully considered decisions about their future.
  • Leaders’ changes to the curriculum have ensured that pupils’ achievements are preparing them well for their next steps in education and training. Pupils receive comprehensive careers advice and guidance that raises pupils’ aspirations for the future. Pupils say that they feel well informed about the range of opportunities open to them. As a result, pupils are well prepared to take their next steps.
  • The majority of students make a successful transition into further education, employment or training. Most students enrol on courses at university or go on to take up an apprenticeship. Students are supported in this through a wide-ranging and well-coordinated careers package and benefit from a range of trips, information days and external speakers.

Make sure that you’ve prepared a careers pack ready and waiting for Ofsted so that you have evidence to hand of your careers programme. This could include:

  • Careers programme
  • Careers policy
  • Compass evaluation
  • Tracker action plan
  • Stakeholder feedback: parents, pupils, staff, employers
  • Budget allocation
  • Example of individual student activity tracker
  • Communications to parents
  • List of partner organisations you work with
  • Details of CPD: training and networking meetings you attend
  • Case studies of employer encounter events