Careers Education and Guidance - Grants Awarded

Twelve grants have been awarded under the Foundation’s Careers Education and Guidance Grants Programme launched towards the end of 2017, as part of the Foundation’s new Progression into Work Strategy. The programme aims to strengthen careers provision in Camden and Islington secondary schools so that all young people are effectively prepared for the world of work. A key priority is to help schools to embed structured careers programmes that ensure all students receive a progression of planned work-related learning year on year.

We were delighted with the response to the programme, which has resulted in the awarding of grants totalling nearly £700,000, to benefit students across 15 schools over the next three years. Over this period 12 of these schools will aim to meet all eight of the recognised benchmarks for good careers guidance and to achieve the national Quality in Careers Standard.

Grants have been awarded as follows:

  • Career Ready (£120,000) – to provide a series of employability masterclasses, delivered by employers, to students in seven schools, and enable sixth formers at La SWAP in Camden to access mentoring, internship and work experience placements.
  • City of London Academy Islington (£28,500) – to establish a careers library and improve provision, including careers lesson and work experience in Year 12.
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (£120,500) – to share practice with Holloway School, and provide advisory and practical support to ensure a comprehensive careers programme is in place at both schools, including embedding careers across all faculty areas
  • Hampstead School, Camden (£44,549) – to enhance and consolidate whole school careers education and embed a bespoke sixth form advice service
  • Haverstock School, Camden (£27,250) – to link careers learning and labour market information to subject areas, developing resources and lesson plans to inspire learners throughout the school
  • La Sainte Union School, Camden (£34,166) – to enable the school to provide a full and sustainable careers programme, including integrating careers leaning within the curriculum
  • London Borough of Camden (£60,000) – to facilitate exchange of learning and good practice across schools, to provide training for school Careers Leaders, and to provide specialist support to help seven schools work towards the achievement of the Quality in Careers Standard.
  • London Borough of Islington (£60,000) - to facilitate exchange of learning and good practice across schools, to provide training for school Careers Leaders, and to provide specialist support to help six schools working towards the achievement of the Quality in Careers Standard.
  • New River College, Islington (£55,555) – to enhance the college’s Alternative Work Skills Curriculum designed to motivate and build the work readiness of students by integrating employer-led training opportunities and more cross-curricular learning.
  • Parliament Hill School, Camden (£38,425) – to enhance the school’s careers programme whilst also introducing additional tiers of provision for students in need of additional support
  • Samuel Rhodes School, Islington (£34,632) – to enable more students to progress from school into employment by tackling key barriers that can limit students’ aspirations, confidence and opportunities
  • St Mary Magdalene Academy (£54,992) – to develop a more cohesive and seamless careers programme, well-integrated into life at the academy, with an expansion of provision to include careers lessons across the school, plus more employer visits and enrichment days.

The Foundation’s support will also enable funded schools across Camden and Islington to benefit from a three year subscription to Unifrog, a multi-functional careers platform to help schools to monitor their careers programmes, and students to research destinations and career pathways and to record their careers learning.