Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

The Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (updated January 2023) document details the Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff.

The aim is to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance. It is recommended that schools should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.

See the Gatsby site and also the very helpful Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit from The Careers and Enterprise Company, note in particular, benchmark 4, 

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.

Pages 23 to 29 of the toolkit for school offers clear guidance on benchmark 4, the guidance includes examples from Tomorrow’s Engineers, an organisation I have mentioned previously as part of my Posters collection. Tomorrow’s Engineers have a variety of careers resources.
stem jobs
MEI (thank you) alerted me to this poster – 100 jobs in STEM!

Further resources:
We are fortunate in Mathematics to have the wonderful Maths Careers site with its extensive collection of resources for students from ages 11 to adult. Read – The Gatsby Career Benchmarks – A Maths Perspective.

From amsp, Where maths meets the world of work. The AMSP is working on videos, which showcase the maths in different careers; each video is paired with a resource for the classroom or for use online, so students can get a real taste of what the job may entail. Looking at the first video ‘Try being a Data Detective’ there are versions of each resource available for students of different ages. Desmos Classroom activities are available for each version.

Plus Magazine has a whole series of Career interview articles.

Check the BBC Bitesize Careers page, the information available here includes Where could your favourite subject take you? Check out the Jobs that use Maths.

With UCAS you can explore jobs in a variety of ways, by job family, by subject or by skill; look at Science, Engineering and Mathematics for example.

Good Career Guidance: Reaching the Gatsby Benchmarks,

From amsp, see Supporting your students’ transition to Advanced Maths, their Maths: Opening the door to your future leaflet explores the post-16 maths qualifications available to students, to help them decide which one is best. Note too the 30-minute presentation, Why Study Maths, for students and parents/carers is about the importance of studying maths post-GCSE. It outlines the options available and provides compelling reasons for choosing to take an advanced maths qualification. Slides and speaker notes are available to download.

A wealth of free resources are available on Integral, see The FMSP Legacy Resources Archive. Access is free via Guest Access. 

Forum Case Studies, FORUM has published many case studies about employer-linked curriculum projects.

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