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'Planning your future' Year 11 & parents help sheet

posted 16 Oct 2015, 01:07 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 16 Oct 2015, 01:08 ]

Careers advice for young people has been given a boost thanks to some great teamwork in County Durham.

Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership (BASH AAP) teamed up with Bishop Barrington School in Bishop Auckland, Greenfield Community College, Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland College, along with Durham County Council (DCC) to produce a careers leaflet that explains post-16 options to students and their parents. 

The pocket-sized, fold-out booklet was so good it will now be used countrywide.

In 2013, the AAP agreed to contribute £2,000 to the project and, after work got under way a year later, DCC careers guidance co-ordinator, Pam Brew visited schools across the county asking 14 and 15 year-olds what form it should take.

After receiving more than 800 responses, then drafting it with council colleagues under the leadership of Linda Bailey, Bishop Barrington and Greenfield pupils were invited to give feedback and, over the course of a year the final leaflet was produced.

Ms Brew said: "We wanted to avoid any bias towards any of the options in the wording and design."

David Priestley, head teacher of Greenfield School, Newton Aycliffe said: "It is important to empower young people. Hopefully this will start a conversation between parents and children."

Jackie Gent, head teacher of Bishop Barrington School added: "The best ideas came from the children. We are proud that they managed to shine in the way they did."