Institute of Higher Education and Professional Insight
The mission of the Institute of Higher Education and Professional Insight is to consolidate, develop and promote successful transition from school to university for our students, and from university to working life and beyond.
The School is committed to delivering a high quality and inspirational professional insight programme, so that students are empowered to fulfil their potential at school, university and throughout their professional life. Professional guidance is an integral feature of a Sevenoaks education and our School is closely connected to universities and the world of work. We offer independent and impartial careers guidance as part of a multifaceted careers strategy which offers a full programme from Year 10.
The Institute for Higher Education and Professional Insight at Sevenoaks is a multi-professional endeavour. Our students benefit from a range of sources of high quality careers and guidance; including a team of thirteen dedicated staff, (six of whom are specialist HE advisers), Heads of Department, teachers, parents, alumni, employers, universities and agencies including UCAS and various external providers. The professional insight programme is blended so that students have multiple interactions inside and outside of school.
Our students do a whole range of activities in order to develop their career management skills from Year 10. They have the opportunity to hear from universities and employers, to network with alumni, to do work experience, to do entrepreneurial challenges, to develop their professional knowledge and be reflective about their skills and their future plans.
In 2013 The Gatsby Charitable Foundation commissioned Sir John Holman - Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York, senior education adviser and former Headteacher - with setting out what good career guidance in England would be like. Through international visits, analysis of good practice in English state and independent schools and a comprehensive review of current literature, he identified eight benchmarks of good practice in school career guidance in. The Institute for Professional Insight at Sevenoaks is informed by these eight benchmarks that identify different dimensions of good career guidance.