SCHOOL NEWS Careers Benchmarks

Whilst careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) has always played a role in our school’s offer, this has been given significant impetus with the government’s 2018 careers guidance document, which has laid out the roles and statutory duties regarding careers provision in schools. This includes eight careers benchmarks, which all schools are required to meet by September 2020.

We are part of a very successful CEIAG schools’ network in the west of Cumbria and were delighted to be chosen to be the Lead School for the West, working closely with the recently formed Cumbria Careers Hub and the Careers and Enterprise Company. This relationship is supporting us in ensuring that all schools in the county have access to an Enterprise Adviser and Enterprise Co-ordinator, enabling us all to achieve the eight benchmarks and identify, develop and share best practice from within the county and beyond.

Here at Cockermouth School, we have been working closely with Caroline Ledward, the Head of the Cumbria Careers Hub, who is also acting in the role as our Enterprise Co-ordinator, along with our Enterprise Adviser who both provide us with the right level of strategic support and challenge to ensure we are offering our students the best possible careers opportunities.

Our Enterprise Adviser is Dianne Richardson, Socio- Economic Manager for Balfour Beatty, who also works with us to provide strategic support for our school careers programme. Dianne uses her business experience and professional networks to help us develop our careers strategy in school that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of our young peoples’ education.

Through this relationship with Dianne, we are fortunate to have access to the Business Energy Coast Business Cluster. Business School Engagement Events sourced through the cluster and set up with support from Inspira, enable our students to gain a better understanding of the world of work, as well as meet local employers who are members of the cluster.

This year, we have run a variety of events across all year groups and had almost 100 delegates from a diverse range of employment sectors come into school, offering an assortment of opportunities for our students, including employability and world of work events, along with regular guest speakers during assembly slots. We know that students need to develop an awareness of careers from an early stage and we were delighted to offer our Year 7 students the chance to meet employers from different employment sectors earlier this term, through an aspiration event run by the Centre for Leadership Performance.

It is important to recognise that careers education is not just about these special events and developing those crucial employability skills through our curriculum is very much at the heart of what we aim to achieve.

We know that this provision can only take place with the invaluable support of our local employers. If you believe you could help with any of our employer engagement events, or indeed, work with any of our subject leaders in providing support

within the

Mr. Hugh Carter Assistant Headteacher


please get in touch with the school; we would love to hear from you.


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P&O Cruises Evening Thursday 5th September

Japan Evening

Tuesday 17th September China Evening

Tuesday 1st October

Hertigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyages, Antarctic and Expedition Voyages Evening Tuesday 8th October

New Zealand Evening Tuesday 15th October

India Evening Tuesday 5th November

South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania Evening Tuesday 19th November

Australia Evening Date to be confirmed

All start at 6.15pm, wine and soft drinks provided. Approx 45 minute presentation followed by time for questions. We charge £2.50 for the evenings which we match and donate to a local charity. Places are strictly limited so please book

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Bethan is our author this month, telling us all about her latest educational visit to Vietnam and Dubai.

We started off by flying with Emirates from Manchester to Hanoi, with a connection in Dubai. They were superb, really comfortable with lots of legroom and a fab entertainment system.

Once we arrived in Hanoi, we checked in

to the 5 star Pan Pacific Hanoi

(!). The next day, we got up nice and early and went out on vintage motorbikes for a tour of the city. Our drivers showed us some amazing sights inaccessible to cars and buses and I loved trying the local food from the street markets. After the motorbike tour, we went for a walk through Hanoi’s old quarter, where we saw the famous Train Street - Google it! This has a busy railway line running down the middle of a really narrow road. It was pretty surreal to see locals sitting on their doorsteps going about their everyday lives – washing dishes, hanging up laundry, cleaning their motorbikes and even playing with babies! Right on the train tracks!

After two nights  in Hanoi, our next

its turquoise sea and hundreds of rainforest-covered islands. Our first day was spent kayaking, followed by a leisurely

challenge was to experience an amazing cruise around Hạlong Bay, which is known for

afternoon chilling on a private beach. The next morning, we got up at dawn for a Tai Chi lesson on the top deck at sunrise, followed by a guided nature walk through caves. Then, after another relaxing night on our cruise, it was back to Hanoi for a Vietnamese cookery course hosted by a lovely (not at all Ramsey- like) local chef who taught us to cook some delicious healthy Vietnamese dishes.

Next stop was Dubai, where we stayed at the brand-new Caesars Bluewaters Dubai for two nights. First, we had a tour to discover the different areas of the resort venues. They have three different parts of the complex – Caesars Palace Hotel, Caesars Resorts and The Residences at Caesars Palace. There is a great choice of restaurants, from Japanese, Pan- Asian, Mediterranean and Hell’s Kitchen, which I can highly recommend! The next day, we had a city tour, we visited the Dubai museum and then took a traditional Abra (water taxi) over Dubai Creek to the Deira side to wander through the famous Spice and Gold Souks. On the last night of the trip, we had a meal at Cove Beach Club, followed by a party to end an amazing trip!

If you have any questions on Vietnam or Dubai and the hotels I visited, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you would like to see pictures check out


cockermouthtravel Bethan

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