Provider Access

Bideford College Provider Access Policy Statement

Under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997, as of 2 January 2018, we have a duty to provide pupils in years 8-13 with access to providers of post-14, post-16 and post-18 education and training. This policy statement sets out how we manage access requests from these providers.

What are pupils entitled to?

Pupils must be allowed to:

  • Learn more about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which informs pupils of the full range of education and training options available to them at each transition point.
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities on offer, for example, technical education and apprenticeships – this can be achieved through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions, and taster events.
  • Understand how to apply to the full range of academic and technical courses available to them.

 

Who handles our access requests?

Any provider wishing to request access should contact our careers leaders, Heather Cox (Key Stages 3 & 4), on telephone number 01237 477611 or via email on: hcox@bidefordcollege.org and Kimberley Gilbey (Key Stage 5) at kgilbey@bidefordcollege.org.

 

What opportunities are provided to allow access to pupils?

Via our school careers programme, we offer providers numerous opportunities throughout the school year to speak to pupils and/or their parents. Our annual schedule of events is as follows:

Year/TermAutumnSpringSummer
Year 8Skills for employabilityApprenticeship Week 8-14 Feb 21
National Careers Week 1–5 March 21
Careers linked to my favourite lessons
Careers Fayre Planning
Skills for life and work
Individual skills
Year 9Skills within the workplace
Good communication skills
Gender stereotyping
Planning for Options
Successful behaviours
Apprenticeship Week
National Careers Week
Careers linked to my favourite lessons
Careers Fayre planning
Careers Pilot
Options Evening
Britain’s working democracy
Year 10Developing teamwork skills
Planning ahead for Post 16 options
Employment and employee rights
Work Experience Assembly and research
Apprenticeship Week 8-14 February 2021
National Careers Week 1–5 March 2021
Careers linked to my favourite lessons
Careers Fayre Planning
Work Experience applications
Introduction to Sixth Form
Post 16 options after Bideford College
Interview techniques
Work Experience week
Verbal communication
Finance and Budgeting
Year 11Post 16 Options
Applying for the next steps
Sixth Form Assembly
Developing teamwork skills
Developing study skills
Apprenticeship Week 8-14 February 2021
National Careers Week 1–5 March 2021
Careers linked to my favourite lessons
Careers Fayre Planning
Study skills and revision
Year 12Introduction to apprenticeships
“What inspires me?”
Email etiquette
First impressions
Introduction to University
Why are CVs important?
What are MOOCs?
Finances explained
Army Careers Presentation
Labour market information
Career Action Plans
Career interviews
Oxbridge explained
Managing change and transition
Planning and deciding – career enhancing decisions
Online Opportunities
Preparing for summer examinations
Revision techniques
Virtual work experience
Recognising strengths and weaknesses
Identify progress for decision making
Year 13UCAS applications & personal statements
Careers Interviews
“What inspires me?”
Email etiquette
First impressions
Winchester University catch up
Finances explained
Army & RAF careers presentation
Career action plan
Audit of employment and apprenticeships
Apprenticeships workshop
CV workshop

Labour Market Information
Career Action Plans
Career Interviews
Online Opportunities
Preparing for summer examinations
Revision techniques
Virtual work experience
Recognising strengths and weaknesses
Identify progress for decision making

 

Who should providers contact to discuss events and options?

Providers can speak to our career’s leaders Heather Cox and Kimberley Gilbey, to discuss possible attendance at relevant events.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding and Visitors Policies set out the college’s approach to allowing providers into college to speak to our pupils.

 

What can providers expect once a request has been accepted?

Once we have approved a provider, we will work with them to identify the best method for providing access to our pupils.

We will make the school hall, classrooms and private meeting rooms available to host discussions between providers and pupils. We will also make presentation equipment, such as projectors and televisions, available to providers.

Arrangements will be discussed in advance between our Careers Leader and a nominated member of the provider’s team.

 

Can providers leave prospectuses for pupils to read?

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus and other relevant course literature with the college reception.


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