Launchpad is especially designed to help you deliver effective careers and transition support to Key Stage 3 students.
Schools and academies have a legal obligation to ensure that students from Year 8 have access to independent and impartial careers guidance. School leaders have been instructed by government to ensure that support is provided that is in the best interest of students and that it helps them progress. Ofsted are also taking an active interest in the support that is provided to students before they make KS4 choices.
Schools have been criticised by Ofsted for failing to provide effective support to Key Stage 3 students. It is crucial that careers learning and guidance is tailored to the needs of younger students and is relevant to the choices that they will be making.
Launchpad is focused on students aged 11 to 13, which means that they get the right level of information and aren’t overwhelmed with details about careers and work which may seem a long way off.
By focusing on the link between school subjects and careers, Launchpad ensures that students can relate to their immediate choices and are fully engaged with the important decisions that they need to consider as they prepare to transition to KS4.
When it comes to choosing GCSE subjects there are a number of factors that will influence a student’s decisions. Parents, friends and teachers can all provide views that a student may take into account however, knowing themselves and their skills are also important.
Launchpad helps students make informed choices about which subjects to study by allowing them to compare their skills against the skills required to be successful in each subject at GCSE level.
Students can compare their skills to compulsory and optional subjects and use this intelligence to make mature decisions. For example if a student finds that they need to improve a number of skills to help them succeed in compulsory subjects, they may wish to choose optional subjects which more closely match their strengths.
Students can also set goals to help them with their skills development.
With careers guidance as additional responsibility for many staff, it can be tricky to dedicate adequate time preparing lesson and homework activities that have real benefits, especially if you are not a careers specialist.
Launchpad comes complete with a range of resources, meaning that the program is ready to use in school and at home. The handy guides for teachers and students means that tutors can easily guide students through a positive, valuable lesson without the need for a lot of preparation.
Lesson resources which incorporate student hand outs and teachers notes, focus on a range of key topics including STEM careers and challenging stereotypes.