At Tapton we understand the importance of quality careers education. We aim to help our students make realistic and aspirational plans for their future learning and careers pathways, manage transitions and ultimately realise their life chances by providing high-quality careers education, information advice and guidance (CEIAG). Young people have a wide and exciting range of opportunities available to them and we will support them to make an informed decision by providing relevant information.
We aspire for all our students to progress onto the right Post-16 and Post-18 destinations for them and our programme aims to encourage students to consider their interests, develop skills and ultimately their goals. The programme helps students gain an understanding of the labour market and the relevance of their studies in potential careers.
All careers provision delivered at Tapton is defined by 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. Experience or workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance.
key stage 3
Careers Education is delivered through a planned programme of PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) lessons, or via off-timetable days. Students are encouraged to research different opportunities and are introduced to the concept of economic wellbeing.
key stage 4
Students work with our Careers Leader and Independent Careers Advisor to decide on their Post-16 destinations. All students in Y11 benefit from a careers interview before the Post-16 deadline at the end of January, and students in other year groups can request an interview themselves or be referred by their teachers or Year Managers throughout their study.
key stage 5
In our Sixth Form we offer an optional programme of work experience. Students can source their own placements or work with the Careers Leader to find a suitable placement.
Students can also request a careers interview, or be referred for one through the Sixth Form team.
All students in Year 11 will have a careers interview during school time before the Sheffield Progress Post-16 application deadline of the 31st January. The careers interview is with an independent Careers Advisor. Careers guidance is available to students in Sixth Form on request and students in other year groups may be offered the opportunity before year 11.
Our Careers Leader, Mrs Dunn, coordinates the careers programme, including liaison with students, parents, teachers’, employers and Post-16 providers.
Careers provision is constantly reviewed. Our careers policy and provider access policy can be found on our policies page: