Talking Futures: engaging parents/carers to deliver a more impactful careers programme
Rachel Green and Isabel Hutton - Education Engagement and Development Manager / Education Manager - Strategic Development, The Careers & Enterprise Company
Parents and carers are widely recognised as major influencers on children’s career decision-making. This session will explore how Talking Futures resources can help Careers Leaders involve parents/carers beyond information sharing. Hear examples of best practice, demonstrating effective partnership working, particularly with parents facing the greatest barriers to engaging.
Rachel has 30 years in the education sector, including work as a headteacher and Careers Leader in a Multi-Academy Trust, Rachel leads on Education Leader and Governor development for The Careers & Enterprise Company. Rachel also volunteers as a Careers Link Governor and Enterprise Adviser for local secondary school
Isabel is a Teach First Ambassador who joined The Careers & Enterprise Company three years ago to lead a national fund to test what careers strategies work best at primary level. Isabel is now responsible for the leadership and development of cross-company strategic projects, including Talking Futures parental engagement work.
How to build a bridge with your feeder schools without wanting to jump off - How to respond to primary careers policy developments
Janet Colledge and John Ambrose - Careers Education Consultant Outstanding Careers /Strategic Director Complete Careers
This session is designed to enable careers leaders to consider the skills & attitudes needed to maximise the primary to secondary transition programme and provide learners with the skills and attitudes to thrive. With careers soon to be statutory from year 7 and a new careers programme for primary schools in areas of disadvantage on the horizon, the session helps Careers Leaders to recognise how the transition programme affects them and the importance of prioritising and engaging with feeder schools. It will be practical with guidance for developing the infrastructure as well as sources of best practice, support and resources.
Janet Colledge is the real-life name of @CareersDefender who is a qualified teacher with over 15 years of experience, providing award-winning careers education. She is currently the chief Careers Education Consultant with Outstanding Careers. She also blogs, presents and writes for various organisations specialising in the management and provision of careers education in the 11–19 sector and is a member of the Quality in Careers Standard Board/John Ambrose MA is an experienced Careers Practitioner. John is committed to supporting learning providers from Foundation to key stage 5 to improve their career provision and to empower individuals to reach their potential. He is the Strategic Director for Complete-Careers LLP/Career Mark and is a board member for the CDI.
"Teaching employability is not my job!" How to link curriculum to careers to engage even the most reluctant teacher.
Dr Kate Daubney - Director of The Careers Group, University of London; and freelance careers education consultant
Many teachers find Gatsby 4 difficult to relate to and may resist the idea of becoming ‘teachers of careers’ too. But they are already teachers and developers of learner employability, through existing academic curriculum. Pre-18 qualifications are generally seen as knowledge assets, but all academic subjects are also rich with innate transferable skills and attributes that we don’t normally articulate to learners. This workshop shares my practice and research into how all teachers and careers professionals can talk with confidence about the innate employability value of the pre-18 curriculum, surfacing the same transferable skills and attributes to learners that employers seek.
Kate Daubney has been a careers professional for 20 years in pre-18 and higher education. Her book, Careers Education to Demystify Employability, showed how the practices of HE careers education can be reframed to enhance the impact of any existing pre-18 careers programme. Kate is the Director of The Careers Group.
Unleashing the power of alumni: how to build, activate and engage a thriving alumni network to support your careers delivery
Emily Barnes and Zarida Zaman - Regional Programme Manager at Future First
This session will introduce the benefits of alumni interaction in supporting the careers curriculum, including how and why this should be embedded into their school's community. It will then focus on the basic model for creating a sustainable alumni network within their school (build, activate, engage) This will include how they can involve their alumni with the wider careers and employability strategy within the school, different approaches for integrating alumni as volunteers within the classroom and how to champion and celebrate their networks.
Emily Barnes has designed, developed and led workshops in schools across the country, for a range of charities and organisations, championing students’ curiosity about exploring the world around them. She is an experienced facilitator and volunteer manager. Zarida Zaman trained to be a fashion designer and worked in the industry before finding a natural home in teaching. She enjoys the challenges of developing creative skills in young people. After completing an MDes in Social Innovation she joined Future First as their Regional Programme Manager South. Future First is a UK education charity helping young people in state schools and colleges broaden their horizons by connecting them with former pupils.
Developing the Workforce: What skills and knowledge are already in your school community?
Frances Thapen - Educational Consultant, School Development Ltd.
This is a fully interactive workshop with group work, discussion and the creation of tools for attendees to take home with them. We will look at the full range of skill sets available in schools and how they can be utilised to support the centralised work of careers guidance. We will look at building an audit, placing careers within the curriculum and some ideas to help teachers think beyond the world of academia.
Having been fired twice before the age of 16 Frances Thapen has a unique perspective on careers. Teaching came as a vocation in a genuine 'light-bulb moment' in the second year of university and a love of education has kept her in schools ever since.
Pandemic Innovation: Eco-conscious and wellbeing friendly remote Quality Assurance of career programmes
Janet Hutchinson/Tracey Taylor - Career Mark Manager, Complete Careers
The workshop shows how using technology we learnt to use during the pandemic has allowed an eco-friendlier approach to supporting schools to achieve the Quality in Career Standard. It has saved costs for learning organisations and provides a better work-life balance for career professionals particularly supporting health, well-being and flexible ways of working. The workshop will cover: remote consultancy, workshops and webinars, working remotely with staff and learners to quality assure career programmes, benefiting the environment, supporting work-life balance and wellbeing for career professionals, and providing savings for organisations who accredit their career programme.
Janet Hutchinson originally an English teacher joined Connexions in 2001 as a curriculum adviser. In 2021 she achieved a masters in Career Education Development and Guidance. She has quality assured and trained travelling across England. After a heart attack in 2021, she assesses career work from her office. Tracey Taylor a Career leader of many years in an Academy Trust and a level 6 guidance professional most recently completed Career Leader training at the University. Now also a Career Mark Champion and Assessor for Complete Careers she has experience in remote assessment from a provider and external perspective.