This page contains information about schools engagement and different activities
for schools to encounter FE and HE.
Schools Engagement at SGS
We offer interactive activities to schools that:
- help young people to fully understand the breadth of pathways that further education offers; and
- partner with schools to provide information and advice on further and higher education that fulfils their Gatsby(1),
Clause(2) and Ofsted(3) requirements.
Students progress into studying with us from over 80 schools and academies in the West of England, Gloucestershire,
Wales and further afield.
We deliver 300 course programmes at foundation, GCSE, A-level and degree-equivalent levels, training 4000
Given that range of offerings, parents and teachers alike want young people to choose their future progression with
as much knowledge and understanding as possible.
Our Schools Team can offer the following on and offsite activities to schools:
Interactive talks on apprenticeships for students and parents, using, where
possible, current apprentices to share their experiences and answer questions.
Short assemblies on full-time technical course options and application
processes for KS4 students.
Pop-up 'lunchtime' interactive stands to help promote various sectors (e.g.
pathways to careers in the air industry, hospitality, sport, social care or engineering/high tech).
School staff inset on college provision such as T-levels or technical course
Single or double period-sized sessions by specialist staff to directly
support curriculum areas at KS4 or KS5 (e.g. performing arts workshops to support English literature or drama;
cyber-security workshops supporting STEM), either school or college based.
Bespoke tours to college campus facilities for small groups of students who
are tentative about change, but for whom a vocational/technical route is more appropriate; includes
Promoting/attending large events, e.g. ambitions and multi-schools taster
days, as well as school open evenings where colleges can showcase provision and progression.
Meet our schools engagement staff:
Head of Careers and Schools Services
Head of Careers and Schools Services
John joined SGS in 2012 and leads the development and diversification of the careers guidance and
schools engagement services.
John has a first degree from Aberdeen University in Animal Sciences and a Master's in Tropical
Agricultural Development from Reading University. He worked for five years with the British government
to deliver aid programmes in Africa and East Asia, and with a UK consultancy delivering a World Bank
aid programme in South Asia.
After further training in the USA (Associate Degree in Theology) to develop a more holistic,
understanding view of cultures in the developing world and their dominant religious thought, he then
worked in Nepal for 10 years, co-leading a large NGO, delivering training and development programmes
in sanitation and health care, agricultural practices and community leadership.
Returning to the UK, he took up training and development roles in the education sector, first in
raising secondary science standards among ethnic communities in Bristol, and then coordinating the
development of a sixth-form consortium of 1000 students in South Gloucestershire for six years.
- Gatsby: Eight benchmarks adopted by the Department of Education as best practice for all schoolsâ€™
careers guidance programmes. Benchmark 7 (Encounters with Further and Higher Education) states, 'All students
should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic
and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.'
- The Baker Clause: Introduced in January 2018 by the government, this aims to raise awareness of technical
education. From 2 January 2018, it required schools to publish a policy statement explaining how external further
education providers can access their school and talk to their students about further education (FE).
- Ofsted: The Inspection Framework 2015 states, 'Inspectors will make a judgement on the personal
development, behaviour and welfare of children and learners by evaluating the extent to which the provision is
successfully promoting and supporting children's and other learners choices about the next stage of their
education, employment, self-employment or training, where relevant, from impartial careers advice and guidance.'
Please contact us to ask about any of the above services.
0117 9092 232 / 01453 761202
We welcome other providers to share their resources and progression
opportunities with our students. For details of our Provider Access Policy please click the link below
Provider Access Policy (Baker Clause)