Assessing Impact

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Wrotham School will assess the impact of its careers programme on students through the following activities:

  • conducting a Compass+ evaluation of the school’s progress towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. This will be completed three times a year and include input from the Careers Lead, our Enterprise Co-ordinator (from the Careers and Enterprise Company), our careers link governor and, where appropriate, our Enterprise Adviser.
  • analysing destinations data in line with activities that students have taken part in while at school. This will be conducted annually in Term 2, following the publication of the school’s performance figures.
  • completing an annual student survey (the Future Skills Questionnaire) with all students to help us to identify and plan around gaps in their knowledge and confidence around careers education and the options available to them.
  • student evaluations and feedback will be sought after key events using our Morrisby careers platform.
  • staff confidence audits will be conducted annually to identify requirements and opportunities for Continuing Professional Development.
  • the views of parents will be surveyed after key events e.g. the Careers Fair, Careers information evenings, Work Shadowing Day, Year 12 Work Experience and so forth.
  • employer and staff feedback will be surveyed after key employer encounters where appropriate.

Key findings from the Future Skills Questionnaire in November 2022

Please note that the FSQ was made available to schools at the end of September 2022. We are rolling this out to all students over the course of the first half of the 2022-23 academic year.

Question/Idea Year 11 Year 13
Survey completed by 84% 56%
Do you feel supported to make your career decisions and choices? 74% 91%
Do you know what skills employers need? 81% 89%
Areas of high confidence/understanding understanding of different apprenticeship levels; understanding of academic routes; awareness of local employers university and degree apprenticeships; how to make a good impression; short and long term impacts of career decisions; awareness of local employers.
Areas to be addressed identifying trustworthy websites; understanding of traineeships and T levels; making contact with people in jobs that interest you. knowledge of apprenticeship levels; knowledge of different interview/recruitment techniques; confidence in interviews.
Improved areas since last FSQ n/a 2022 was first completion n/a 2022 was first completion

Key findings from our destinations data (as published by the DfE in October 2022) for our 2020 school leavers

Please note – this data is published by the Department for Education with a two year lag so that these are sustained destinations. That means that these are placements that students stayed in successfully for at least 6 months after starting.

Please also note that these school leavers were directly affected by the pandemic since 2020 was the year that exams were first cancelled and students were guided through the final stages of their destinations planning while at home.

A table comparing Wrotham School's destinations data to local authority and national figures.

A table comparing Wrotham School's post-18 destinations data to local authority and national figures.

Destinations data for Wrotham School students over time (again, using DfE figures).

Please note that no data was published for 2018 because there is a two-year lag and so that data would have been released during the pandemic in 2020, but all performance data was withheld that year due to the cancellation of exams.