Careers and Lifeskills

Pupils receive expert help to gain the reading and writing skills they need to do well in all subjects. As a result, pupils make good progress

There is much joy in this school. Pupils value their teachers, and the rich and diverse community in which they learn

Teachers take account of individual pupils’ needs in their good lesson planning. They make sure that pupils, even those who arrive at unusual points in the school year, are quickly assimilated and make good progress

Teaching is strong in the sixth form. Teachers are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. They show great commitment. Students are fulsome in their praise of the impact their teachers have had on their future education

Lessons are characterised by strong and positive relationships between pupils and teachers. Teachers know pupils well. Often teachers target the learning that individual pupils need because they know them so well

In key stages 1 and 2 teachers plan many opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Careers education, advice & guidance – What you can expect…

  • Clear advice and information about all options available, so that you understand what they involve;
  • Support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future
  • Regular personal support with information on how well you are doing. [e.g Your ILP / meetings with tutors etc. – these can help you to make sensible decisions about what is right for you in the future
  • Help to decide what to do when you leave your course, including further learning, training or employment;
  • A programme of careers education helping you to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning;
  • The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that affect your learning;
  • An opportunity to set out an individual learning plan
  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work

Money and finance…

Housing and homelessness…

Teenage pregnancies…

Relationships, families & bullying…

Driving and transport…

Resources for health…

  • Avert – Select ‘Young People’ from the links at the top for information about sexual heath, AIDS, contraception etc.

Health & Well being…

Equal opportunities…

  • www.skill.org.uk – Skill – National bureau for students with disabilities

Free time and volunteering…

Pupils learning in lockdown via a virtual classroom

Children of key workers attending a city school were the first pupils to experience a virtual classroom provided by workers at train maker Bombardier.

Fourteen children aged between 8 and 12 years old at The Bemrose School, enjoyed the experience which was designed to test the way forward for remote learning.

Pupils had the opportunity to work with Bombardier’s science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ambassadors on interactive activities and quizzes, as well as talking to employees about careers. They also learned first-hand about the rail industry, how Bombardier design and build trains, as well as hearing about the skills and attitudes needed for roles in the industry.

The event was deemed such a success that Bombardier plans to share its virtual learning blueprint with other local employers to scale up the level of activity to support other young people.

Claire Pavitt, careers guidance and work experience lead at the school, said: “The school has a long-standing partnership with Bombardier and we didn’t want to let the current situation stop our children from having these unique opportunities to learn.

“The objective was to inspire and motivate the key worker children about being in class and learning about local opportunities, but also to test the way forward in school for this type of learning.

“Technology and working within the virtual world is increasingly common, especially in the current climate. It worked wonderfully well in the classroom and hopefully this means that we can continue our work with employers despite the lockdown.”

Bombardier delivers several outreach programmes to schools across Derby and its ambassadors were keen not to let lockdown dampen their ongoing efforts to enthuse and inspire students at its partner schools.

They ran a successful pilot of the approach with employees’ children through an online ‘Bring Work to Your Child Day’ and developed the technique for the children who are still attending school.

Nina Atwal, STEM Leader from Bombardier, said: “The energy and enthusiasm shown by the students throughout the day was priceless, especially more so through this alternative way of learning which was new to them. And as employees we too learned a lot from the people of our future.”

“Each of them enjoyed the interactions with us and being on camera, they were absolute stars and brought lots of smiles to us all in these challenging times.  It was a pleasure for our STEM Ambassadors to bring this great initiative together for these students.”

“The teachers did an excellent job of supporting us in the classroom whilst as a team of five we collectively ran the interactive sessions through Microsoft Teams from our homes.  Some excellent collaboration which clearly demonstrates the power of employers and schools working together – it does make a difference. Thank you, Bemrose School for allowing Bombardier to part of your school day!’’