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Schools and colleges are adapting to the 'new normal'

Two weeks ago, the news that schools would be closing their doors to the majority of young people came a huge shock – if not a surprise – to most people.

Events are moving so fast that the announcement already feels like an age ago. But in reality, schools and colleges have had just days to get used to the new normal. 

Having spoken to hundreds of Careers Leaders over the last fortnight to understand their needs and offer support accordingly, we have been blown away by how quickly they have adapted, by the innovative approaches we’ve seen to learning and development, and by their determination to continue providing brilliant careers education and support for the class of 2020.

The debate about 21st Century skills often focuses on how we make sure young people leave education with the resilience, adaptability and determination to thrive in the workplace. Well right now, teachers and careers professionals are doing an outstanding job of modelling these skills.

We’ve listened to what schools and colleges are telling us is working, and we’ve been sharing this with thousands of Careers Leaders across the country. Below we’ve included more free, online resources, ideas and training to support Careers Leaders, young people (including those with SEND) and parents during this time.

Please pass these onto colleagues who might find them useful. And remember you can sign-up to our Careers Leader Newsletter by contacting our Education Team.

We’re also busy developing our own further resources, based on the gaps in provision that schools and colleges have told us exist at the moment. Watch this space for more information on the podcast, videos and training we’ll be delivering.

We hope you find the resources below useful. We also hope you manage to switch off and have a break over Easter. You deserve it now more than ever.

Building a Stable Careers Programme (Gatsby Benchmark 1) - Webinar Series 

After Easter, we will be hosting a series of free webinars to support schools and colleges in their continued development of a stable, structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of senior management teams.

Modules include

  • Building a strategic careers plan
  • Building a progressive careers programme with clear learning outcomes
  • Presenting your Programme/Website
  • Evaluation

The webinars will be recorded and made available online for those who are unable to join us live. If you have the time, you could prepare for the webinar by completing the Benchmark 1 module in our free online training.

We will also be holding a Careers Leader ‘Surgery’ in May to answer specific BM1 queries. Reserve your place on the first module (Building a strategic careers plan) here.

Resources for Students 

We’ve collated resources which we’ve divided by Key Stage to help you find useful and innovative ideas for your students at your fingertips.

Key Stage 3-5

  • 10 Ways to Achieve Careers Education at Home - a multitude of home study career education ideas produced by the Cornwall Careers Hubs, from workbooks to websites, videos to debating topics.
  • BeReady - a completely free online training platform containing 20+ hours of accredited, video-based courses covering key careers, employability and well-being. Students receive a CPD certificate for completed courses. Teachers can set homework and track progression.
  • Free Home Learning Resources from TES - Coronavirus: 87 free resources for home learning from TES.

Key Stage 4-5

  • Barclays Life Skills - students are able to learn where their skills are needed in the modern workplace and see the inner workings of a company.
  • Go Construct - careers and apprenticeship information in construction.
  • EtonX Future Skills - Eton College is making several online self-study courses from the Programme available free of charge. Courses available are CV Writing, Creative Problem Solving, Interview Skills, Making an Impact, Resilience, Research Skills and Writing Skills.

Key Stage 5

  • A complete guide to how and why Year 13s should use LinkedIn, produced by The Misbourne, the lead schools for the Buckinghamshire Careers Hub

SEND and Key Stage 3-4

  • Explore the world of STEM - a selection of free online resources available from Learn by Design  for all to use, to help explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
  • How to explain the current situation to young people with SEND - a SEND specific resource to explain the current situation in a clear and ‘friendly’ manner. The story to support the pictures is at the end of the book for teachers, parents or carers.

Support for Parents

A Parent’s Guide to Careers Guidance - The decisions young people make from an early stage at school can have a big impact on their future career choices and happiness.  This guide by Cascaid is designed to provide an overview of how parents can help support their children with these important choices.

‘Learning with Parents’ webinar - What can we in the education sector do to support disadvantaged communities with parental engagement at this critical time?