The Core Offer is what all students who attend Bedminster Down School for 5 years can expect to be offered in terms of Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) and Enrichment opportunities. The Core Offer aims to set Bedminster Down students apart from students from other schools in terms of the experiences and guidance that they will have had by the time they leave to move on to the next phase of their education.
The Core Offer
All students will be given opportunities to take part in Widening Participation Activities which will involve visits to Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) venues or other appropriate venues in relation to their Career Plan. All students will receive careers advice from a careers advisor. There will be opportunities for students to take part in cultural and enrichment events and to be involved in Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM) activities whilst they are students at Bedminster Down School.
What will be done to enhance the Core Offer?
During the 5 years, a student is at Bedminster Down School they will have been offered a range of opportunities.
- visited at least one Further Education provider such as a local sixth form and/or college, and apprenticeship providers where it has been seen as relevant to their personal Career Plan.
- had the opportunity to visit Higher Education venues and careers events relevant to their Career Plan.
- attended a careers events/fairs both within the school and at other venues eg. Year 9 attend a Pathways to Profession event.
- been involved in programmes organised by South Bristol Youth which look at widening participation. All students will have been involved in the Marvellous Me programme in Year 7 and will have been through a selection process after the Year 7 to become involved in the Year 8,9,10 and 11 Ambitions programme run by South Bristol Youth.
- had the opportunity to compete to become a Future Brunel Student when they are in Year 7
- had the opportunity to take part in activities provided by organisations aimed at raising aspirations such as Group Mentoring with local law and banking companies.
- been involved with Children’s University
- Pupil Premium students will have received Careers Interviews in Years 9, 10 and 11
- had a career-related interview in Year 11 and were required in Years 9 and 10 and will have had mock interview experience – Junior Chamber of Commerce.
- had targeted CEIAG tutorial activities relating to the Career Plans
- benefited from input from organisations such as NEWS, LPW, LEP/LMI and made use of Career Pilot to have a Career Pilot profile.
All students will have had the opportunity to:
- take part in a STEM activity in Maths, Science and DT. These departments will source activities such Science Roadshows, Maths workshops and DT inspired activities eg.Teen Tech.
- experience at least one curriculum enrichment activity in every department every year:
- English students will see a production of one of their set texts which might include a Shakespeare play, workshops will be sourced which will support texts being studied by students.
- Geography fieldwork at various levels
- History visits such as IWM and The Battlefields
- RE local trips to religious venues, SMSC focus
- Modern Foreign Languages workshops and foreign residential trips
- Music workshops and visits to productions/concerts which might include backstage visits
- Drama workshops and trips to the theatre
- PE matches and clubs
- PHSE visiting speakers and workshops (British values/Citizenship).
- had the opportunity to go on a residential trip – such as the school summer camp to Exmouth, or a foreign trip.
- had the opportunity to join enrichment activities/clubs in school at lunch time and/or after school.
- had the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Ten Tors.
- will have had the opportunity to be involved in the schools mentoring scheme as a mentor or mentee
What should be done in the Future?
All subjects develop a clear enrichment programme which draws upon expertise within the department and takes advantage of opportunities which present themselves over time.
Develop a team building programme for tutor groups at an appropriate time of the year.
Investigate the possibility of collapsed timetable day(s) for Enrichment to take place.
Create a 2 year plan/map out trips costing a significant amount of money.
Have student voice feedback.
Create 1 page profiles from the Career Plan.