Within this section we aim to provide the tools and resources needed to support you in your journey to achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks.
The resources and toolkit will include useful websites, guidance and resources across all eight benchmarks and will include lesson plans, apprenticeship resources and curriculum content.
We will be regularly reviewing and adding to this section and are keen to share any best practice across the region.
Useful Links and Resources
Please see below some useful links and resources to use or share:
STEM Website – https://www.stem.org.uk/
Career Pilot Advisor Zone – https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/adviser-zone
Lesson Plans – https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com/
Into Film Resources and Activities – https://www.intofilm.org/
Learn Live Careers Videos – https://learnliveuk.com/
BBC Bitesize Resources – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers
Discover Creative Careers Website – https://discovercreative.careers/#/
Go Construct Website – https://www.goconstruct.org/
University Virtual Tours – https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/what-and-where-study/open-days-and-events/virtual-tours
Youth Employment Careers Activities – https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/free-skills-careers-activities-booklet-for-young-people/
Minecraft Website – https://education.minecraft.net/
Phonics Play Comics – www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/comics.html Username: march20 and Password: home
Spreading Creativity – https://better.agency/blog/spreadingcreativity/
SEND Gateway Resources for a variety of topics – https://www.sendgateway.org.uk/resources.html
Twinkl School Resource Packs – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures
The SEN Resources Blog – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkztoFHIgP4jpJDKWNWaHA
A reminder of Careers videos on TVCA careers website of The Arc, Faithful & Gould, Endeavour Partnership and Cubic – https://www.teesvalleycareers.com/education/gatsby-benchmarks/ (under benchmark 5)
Top live lessons for home learning from CEC – https://mailchi.mp/innovatemyschool/home-learning-fantastic-free-resources-2773257?e=9e9ed6ded1
The British Army has just launched its brand new Teacher Platform Access FREE downloadable teaching resources
Middlesbrough College – Important information for Year 11 students – see document
Durham University Scholarships Programme – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1HgQebOFHI&feature=youtu.be
Prior Pursglove College have shared some HE links they are finding useful:
https://oxplore.org/ – The home of Big Ideas (Oxford University)
https://www.myheplus.com/ – subject based and development of academic skills (Cambridge University)
TED Talks – download the app and listen to talks on a wide variety of subjects by experts in their fields
FutureLearn, Coursera and iTunesU – all offer MOOCs – short online courses which are free, perfect for those in Y11 and Y13 to keep their brains active
Dyson engineering and science challenges – https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/content/dam/pdf/JDF_with%20cover%20challenge-cards_DIGITAL.pdf
Employer virtual tours:
British Airways Virtual Inspire Academy- https://careers.ba.com/meetandgreet
Nifco – https://www.nifcoeu.com/
CF Fertilizers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNsj_P1pSzM&feature=emb_rel_end
PwC Virtual Career Events – http://www.careersschools.pwc.co.uk/Events/All/
Success at schools’ signposts to resources – https://mailchi.mp/successatschool/easter-holidays-careers-resources-1278300?e=35b96dd6c3
Labman Automation Design and Build your own Robots https://www.labmanautomation.com/coronavirus-response/
Go Construct ‘A day in the life of’ – https://www.goconstruct.org/learn-about-construction/day-in-the-life/ and activities https://www.goconstruct.org/inspire/information-for-employers/resources/careers-educational-resource-toolkits/careers-and-educational-activities/
Future Made Careers in Construction Role Models – https://www.future-made.co.uk/
St Johns Ambulance are offering free resource packs that include lessons and activities that have now been adapted to be self-taught at home or by teachers in the classroom – https://www.sja.org.uk/search-page/?query=key%20stage%20resou
Start profile home learning activities are free to use – www.startprofile.com/homelearning
Optimus Education next steps resources – https://try.optimus-education.com/steps-free-resources/
Naturally Talented Me (useful for SEND students) – https://www.naturallytalentedme.com/
SENDcast – https://www.thesendcast.com/
Cleveland Bridge is looking for ways to inspire the next generation of bridge builders so wants to see how creative pupils can be!
Cleveland Bridge is asking the public to get creative and build a bridge using anything that they might find lying around the house – from Lego to loo roll holders – and would love your pupils to get involved. This is a STEM activity for all ages, and even the pets, to have fun with while working and learning at home. They’re looking for creative, colourful, strong, short and tall bridges – and everything in between, and they would love to see how much weight they can hold too!
Cleveland Bridge will share all images of construction in progress and completed bridges that are sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with the child’s first name, age and a contact email address (parent or school). Don’t worry, personal details will not be shared.
Other useful links and resources:
Success at Schools resources – To ensure young people have access to the best advice we have made the electronic versions of all 18 of our Gatsby Subject Guides free for parents and students to access from home. Please click here to access them.We also have a mailing list for parents and carers. If you haven’t, now would be a good time to encourage parents to sign up for email updates. They can sign up via this link: http://eepurl.com/daPZLT
National Careers Week website – new resources will be uploaded https://ncw2020.co.uk/
Speakers for Schools – free resources for virtual work experience Schools and students will be contacted as Virtual Work
Funded CPD for teachers throughout closures – Learning Curve have 40+ courses available, which are great CPD to teachers, support staff and parents too. Our most popular courses include: Children & Young People’s Mental Health, Understanding Autism, Behaviour that Challenges, Safeguarding and Prevent, Digital Skills, Data Protection.
All courses are nationally recognised Level 2 qualifications, accredited by NCFE and CACHE. Signing up couldn’t be easier – your staff can enrol online using the online booking form
Amazing Apprenticeships NEW ‘Learn at home’ resources – https://amazingapprenticeships.com/learn-at-home/?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=landing%20pg&utm_campaign=learn%20at%20home
icould resources – https://icould.com/resources/
Financial Awareness Session
The School Enterprise Challenge
The Secondary Challenge
Devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) to Tees Valley Combined Authority 2019
As part of the Devolution Deal for Tees Valley, the Tees Valley Combined Authority will take over responsibility for the Adult Education Budget currently administered by the Education Skills Funding Agency, to deliver adult skills provision in the Tees Valley from 1 August 2019.
The funding will help to support a more responsive, flexible skills system. It will target the training paths needed to better connect with business demand, driving business growth and helping our residents fill the roles of today and tomorrow.
It will help us create a more dynamic education offer to learners and businesses and work more closely with our strategic, economically significant training providers across the public, private and community sectors.
The Commissioning Process for the delivery of the Adult Education and Skills provision in the Tees Valley from 1 August 2019, is now closed.
- Inspiring Our Future: Our 2018-21 plan to build the skills we need for a modern economy
- Strategic Skills Plan: Adult Education Budget (AEB)
- Strategic Economic Plan
- Funding and Performance Management Rules 2019/2020
- Funding Higher-Risk Organisations and Subcontractors 2019/2020
- Funding Rates and Formula 2019/2020
- Provider Performance Management Framework 2019/2020
- Subcontracting Policy 2019/2020
Guidance documents for apprenticeships
January Parents’ Pack
January’s edition of the Parents’ Pack is full of resources about apprenticeships, including what employers are really looking for in an apprentice, hobbies that look good on an application, apprenticeships in the Army, the social life of an apprentice, and much more. Schools, colleges and careers staff are encouraged to share this helpful pack through their parent channels.
Application Hints and Tips from 50+ Employers
Vacancy Snapshot contains valuable application hints and tips from more than 50 apprenticeship employers across England. As well as tailored advice on making a winning application, you can find behind-the-scenes videos, apprenticeship programme information and much more.
Exciting New Apprenticeship Live Broadcasts
More inspiring employers have signed up for Live Broadcasts in 2019, including Accenture, Bentley Motors and Pret. Schools can benefit from hearing directly from recruiters and apprentices in these short 15 minute broadcasts. A catch-up service is also available for all broadcasts 72 hours after going live, allowing viewers to choose a convenient time to watch.
Updated: 101 Apprenticeship Activities for Schools Guide
Version 2 of the popular 101 Amazing Apprenticeship Activities for Schools guide is now available. This guide is designed to be used by schools and other educational establishments supporting students in years 10 – 13, teachers and parents.
Split into unique sections for ideas to use with your students, teachers and parents, the guide contains 101 engaging and informative apprenticeship activities to help all stakeholders understand the incredible opportunities, benefits and complexities of apprenticeships.
Maths and Business
Health and Social
IT and Digital
University and Graduates
The factsheets below contain an overview of key job sectors in the Tees Valley. This includes how big the sector is, the types and numbers of jobs that are available, the skills and qualities needed to work in the sector and information on the ways in which you can gain relevant qualifications and experience to get a job in the sector
- Careers guidance – Statutory guidance for governing bodies and school staff.
- Careers guidance – Training provider
- Careers & Enterprise SEND – Guidance
- Destinations Data
- How to engage employers – Guide
- Careers guidance – Role of the governing body
- The SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit
- Quality in Careers – Standard
- Tees Valley Careers – Framework
- Evidence base for careers websites
- Careers in the curriculum – What works?
- Careers provision in colleges – What works?
- Work experience, job shadowing and workplace visits – What works?
- Personal Guidance – What works?
- Transitioning skills – What works?
- Volunteering – What works?