The Career Hub is now open upstairs in the KS3 Library every Tuesday and Thursday during form time, break time and lunch time. During this time, you can talk to Mrs Uddin, your Career Co-Ordinator, about all things Career and Progression related! Whether you’re deciding what options to pick for your GCSE’s or in Sixth Form, if you would like to discuss how to gain a work experience placement or if you want to find out what careers may suit you – the Career Hub is open to you in these weekly drop-in sessions.
In the KS3 Library you can also find an array of fiction and non-fiction books that will inspire you to explore your dream career! You can ask Miss Devenney, your School Librarian, if you would like help finding reading material related to your career interests and favourite subjects.
We look forward to seeing you in the Career Hub!

Careers Information, Advice and Educational Guidance (CIAEG)

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Careers – Intent

Beal High School has high quality careers advice and guidance, to support our high achieving and ambitious students. Careers Education enables students to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to make well informed choices that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work. It prepares young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, thereby ensuring that, wherever possible, all young people leave education with employment, or go into further education or training.

The school is committed to providing:

• A planned programme of activities to which all students from years 7 to 13 are entitled, which will help them to plan and manage their careers and demonstrate growth in the 21st Century skills that are most critical to their goals.
• Information, advice and guidance which is impartial, unbiased and based on their needs to help pupils make choices.

The aims of this programme are to:

• Assist our pupils to make informed decisions about their future
• Help our pupils become aware of their strengths, weaknesses and personal qualities
• Increase awareness of the demands of work and local labour information
• Develop characteristics and attitudes of self-reliance, initiative, reliability and confidence in order for pupils to cope with the changes that occur at
various stages in their lives
• Ensure all pupils are aware of the value of qualifications, and the opportunities available to them in work, higher education and training
• Conduct student voice careers surveys at the end of each key stage to measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils.

The different strands of Personal Development at Beal High School incorporate careers as shown in the diagram below. Each strand is delivered through a range of experiences, ranging from areas of the taught curriculum, to extracurricular opportunities and trips. Careers are explored through the different strands, which are further supported by our routines and displays, share areas of overlap and interplay. The division into strands serves the main purpose of supporting the mapping and evaluation of the current provision, and it is recognised that some activities or experiences may contribute to some or even all of the strands.

Careers – Implementation

The Careers programme of study is designed to provide pupils with ongoing education and substantive opportunities to experience and develop leadership skills to consolidate and further develop the competencies gained for a successful future in education, training or employment.

  • Careers Education SOW
  • Department SOW
  • Work experience opportunities
  • A programme of external careers speakers. Every year a speaker presents to students from the National Apprenticeship Service. Speakers include: the Law sector, medical fields, the advertising sector as well as talks from various local MPs.
  • An annual careers fair which includes several Universities, gap year providers, the Armed Forces, accountancy, law firm, STEAM, Oxbridge and the National Apprenticeship Service.
  • Opportunities to visit Careers Conventions and open days, and take part activities such as Young Enterprise and other National Challenges
  • Opportunities for pupils and their parents, from Years 7-13, to consult teachers and careers advisers about career plans and option choices
  • Careers resources in the library and sixth form resources centre, well stocked with relevant publications and software.
  • Opportunities for pupils to meet potential employers and advisers from the professions in which they have aspirations​
  • Tutoring Programme
  • Assemblies Programme
  • Beal Character Award

Careers – Impact

Each year, in October, we review the destination data.  This enables the school to understand our students’ career paths and shape the careers programme and curriculum going forward at each transition point. If you would like more information about our destination data please contact:

  •  Attainment for pupils will achieve expectations or above
  • 100% Progression for Y11
  • 100% Progression for Y13
  • Pupil achievement – Every year pupil  to achieve key skills for the  Beal  Character Award
  • Pupils will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school with attendance will be above 95%
  • Improving behaviour tracked through SIMS
  • Decreasing Internal and External exclusions
  • Pupils will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future
  • Develop Beal High School Alumni who are invested in future Beal pupils

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Government’s careers strategy, published on 4 December 2017, sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aim set out in the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. This statutory guidance has been restructured around the Benchmarks with information on what schools need to do to meet each one. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties.

Beal High School’s Gatsby Benchmark progress is mapped in the chart below against local and national schools against each of the eight measures outlined.

Benchmark Description
1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6. Experiences of workplaces Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks
7. Encounters with further and higher education All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic education and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace
8. Personal guidance Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Provider Access Statement


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Management of provider access requests

Opportunities for access

Our provision includes various opportunities for students to access a range of events. These are mainly integrated into the schools careers programme as part of the curriculum. These events are therefore delivered internally, with contribution from external providers where appropriate.

We welcome any prospective Partners/Employers that would like to work with us. We are always looking for ways to expand our links for students to have meaningful encounters with employers and employees.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Ms Vadher, Assistant Head, via the school contact details. Local providers are invited to key relevant events to educate and engage our pupils in the local community and opportunities that exist. In addition, external providers interested in coming into school should speak to Ms Vadher to identify the most suitable opportunity. The school Policy on Safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature. Any addition to the school website or local media will be agreed in advance.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Coordinator or another member of the team.

Careers Coordinator for Beacon Academy Trust and Beal High School:
Suman Uddin

Beal High School
Woodford Avenue
Ilford, Essex
020 8551 4954

Next careers advice review date: Autumn 2021
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