Careers Education at Arts & Media School Islington

The careers programme at AMSI is currently developing on excellent previous practice.  Our focus is on developing understanding by linking into subject areas and embedding further into the curriculum. By interacting with providers and professionals in the community, through visits outside of school and visitors into school in assemblies and in class activities, students will have the opportunity to explore ideas and participate in events to broaden their understanding of the wider work outside of school and how they can apply themselves for future career aspirations.

Careers Development is across all years 7-11 and students will participate in a programme of understanding themselves and managing transition from Primary school, exploring ideas in Year 8, Planning and Thinking Ahead when choosing their Options in Year 9 and how these can be applied in future career Ideas. In Year 10 all students participate in a 2-week Work Experience placement with a focus on ‘Being Professional’ in KS4 and ensuring students are prepared for Year 11 and important decisions for Post 16 application.

The Gatsby Benchmarks will provide the guidelines for a comprehensive and inclusion embedded curriculum for Careers Development for our students and we recognise the value of preparing our students for when they leave AMSI after Year 11 and move onto their Year 12 choices. We are working closely to develop working partnerships with Opportunity Providers and employers to create networks on which to base our stable and supportive Careers Development Programme.

The eight Gatsby Benchmark standards of good career guidance are:

  • 1. A stable careers programme
  • 2. Learning from career and labour market information
  • 3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • 4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • 5. Encounters with employers and employees
  • 6. Experiences of workplaces
  • 7. Encounters with further and higher education
  • 8. Personal guidance

The Gatsby Benchmark for Schools Toolkit

Further Post 16 & Careers Information