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    Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

           

    These are unprecedented times, but I just want to assure you that we are still available to provide careers advice and guidance remotely. Although we will not be in school, our Careers Leader, Mr Towsey will still be responding to emails and messages. Although it will not be possible to provide face-to-face guidance, it will still be ‘business as usual’ for us and we are even planning on increasing and developing our current provision and resources.  

    Here are a few things we are planning to do over the next couple of weeks and months:

    1. Students, as well as parents/carers, will still have access to careers advice via e-mail and the question form below.
    2. We will be updating and increasing the resources on our website.
    3. We will be posting relevant links, resources and research tasks on Show My Homework.
    4. We will publish weekly careers profiles, to encourage students to consider careers for the future.
    5. We will continue with preparation for all planned events, which can be completed remotely (such as supporting Year 10s in creating a CV, which would be used for Mock Interviews).     

    If you have any questions or suggestions about what we could do, please do not hesitate to contact us (gtowsey@westhatch.net).

     

    We are also aware that, with the news of exam cancelations, some students in Year 11 and 13 are concerned about what the future might hold for them and their potential qualifications.

    We just wanted to assure them, by quoting from a press release from the Department for Education and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP (published 20 March 2020):

    The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus… The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn…

    There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

    To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment … The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in…

    The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

    … We recognise that some students may nevertheless feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to sit their exams. If they do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

    Further information can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020#will-all-students-get-their-predicted-grade

     

    We understand the importance of making informed decisions, so we make sure our students have access to all the relevant information and opportunities to make those decisions. We also acknowledge the need to start this process early.

    Through workshops, events and PSHEC lessons, students start discussing options and careers in Year 7 and continue with their careers exploration throughout their time at West Hatch. In Year 8 and 9, they should have a basic idea about possible careers and options, but they will also start to focus on possible GCSE options. In Year 10 students will have a one-on-one Careers Meeting with Mr Towsey, as well attending various workshops and drop-in sessions. Students will also take part in a two-week Work Experience. The focus then shifts to post-16 options when students are in Year 11. There is an opportunity to attend a Transition Day and events, such as the Apprenticeship Roadshow. When students join the Sixth Form they will work closely with Mrs Moore and Mr Towsey to discuss all their possible options after Year 13. There will be a number of workshops and events based around Careers, Higher Apprenticeships and School Leaves Programme, but also a greater focus on the UCAS process and University applications.

    At West Hatch, we have our own Careers Centre and Careers Leader. Our Careers Centre, which is next to S19, is open daily from 8.30am - 4.30pm. We run an ‘open door’ policy for our Careers Centre, so (unless there is an interview in progress) students can come into the Careers Centre at any point and look through our resources or speak to Mr Towsey. Students can also make an appointment in person or via e-mail.

    Contact details for Mr Towsey, Careers Leader:
    email: gtowsey@westhatch.net 
    tel: 020 8504 8216 ext. 1058  
    Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Team
    Mr G. Towsey – Careers Leader 
    Mrs I. Muscatt – Work Experience Coordinator
    Mrs K. Moore – Deputy Head of Sixth Form & UCAS Coordinator
    Mr S. Langton – Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for CEIAG
    Mrs S. Jones – CEIAG and Employer Link Governor
     
    "This prepares students well for the next stage of their lives."
    OFSTED 2013