How a career-related education can raise student aspirations in the UK

In a recent webinar, a case study presented by Holly Youlden from Westminster Academy—a state-funded, non-selective school in a multi-ethnic community in West London—focuses on the benefits experienced by their students following the introduction of the Career-related Programme (CP) in 2012. “As a result of the IB Career-related Programme, we’ve had a huge number of successes”, Youlden says.

The webinar is presented by Peter Fidczuk, UK Development and Recognition Manager at the IB, and Youlden, CP coordinator and Director of Learning for the Sixth Form at Westminster Academy.

Fidczuk presents the key features of the CP, explains how the three components of the programme support flexibility and employability among students, and shows the progression to university with descriptions of CP course combinations and university outcomes for students.

In presenting the case study on how the CP has transformed Westminster Academy, Youlden says:

“Last year we had 87% of our students from the CP progress onto university. 100% of them gained a university place, and what was actually more impressive was that over two-thirds of the CP students last year actually achieved an offer from a Russel Group university, so within the top group of research universities and institutions in the country […].”

Youlden also stresses the positive effects that the CP has had on students’ aspirations and plans for the future. “We feel that the CP has been pivotal in actually equipping our students, with not just the knowledge they need but with the skills and the personal development they need to enter the professional world and to build a really successful career”, she notes.

Listen to the full webinar here.