Careers & Life Skills
Careers Leader: Ms C Jordan
Careers link Governor: Charles Byrom
We will assess and measure the impact of our careers programme through questionnaires to students, staff and parents. This information will be used to continue to improve the programme to meet students’ needs.
From this September years 7 to 10 will all receive a career’s lesson once a fortnight, these lessons will explore what career options are available to them and will be interactive and mainly discussion based. They will explore the various professions and work force will have companies and individual people come into lesson a to show them what it’s like to work in retail, or to work as an engineer. They will also look at further education such as apprenticeships, college and university.
Year 11 are having an interview with the leadership team as well as an Independent Careers advisor to explore their choices and to support them in making them. They will also be having careers and life skills lessons once per fortnight focusing on the skills and knowledge they need for their next steps.
Years 13 will also be having an interview with an Independent Careers Advisor. Careers and Life Skills will be delivered through tutor time and guided independent research by their tutor.
Year 12 will have Careers and Life Skills delivered through tutor time and guided independent research by their tutor.
All sixth form students will have access to a Resourced Careers Room where they will be able to conduct independent research into career paths as well as discuss career options with the Careers Lead.
To deliver a careers programme that facilities every student in developing knowledge and skills to navigate their lives successfully and to flourish
- To deliver an aspirational careers programme that results in high achievement for every student achieving Gatsby Benchmark 1
- To enable every student to finish compulsory education with clear career goals and to be capable of social mobility.
- To support students to achieve better academically and improve life choices through focus on future goals
Our Careers programme will have a wide range of activities including those imbedded within the curriculum as well as Individual focus, opportunities for developing passion, knowledge and networking opportunities
The Gatsby benchmarks are as follows:
- A stable careers programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers. Please see the download below of our current careers programme.
- Learning from career and labour market information – Every pupil and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.
- Addressing the needs of each pupil – Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support needs to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s career programme should embed quality and diversity considerations throughout.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wise range of career pathways.
- Encounters with employers and employees – Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work. Employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment opportunities including visitors speakers mentoring and enterprise schemes.
- Experience of Workplace – Every pupil should have first hand experiences of the work place through work visits, work shadowing and work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their network.
- Encounters with further and higher education – All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the work place.
- Personal Guidance – Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with career adviser who could be internal or external or a member of the school’s staff provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
For Details of our careers programme for each Key please click here
Choosing a University
Find a University or select a degree course to help you make choices for the future by clicking here
Help with writing your personal statement click here
UCAS – Year 13 – Important dates
Please find the UCAS Key Dates for applications Here through the process starting in term 5 of year 12.
Personal Statements – Year 12
The deadline for draft personal statements for all year 12 is the end of June. Whether students are going to university or not, having a personal statement allows them to consider there strengths and weaknesses and interests whatever route they chose. The activities to support students are in their Careers and Development Google Classroom
Careers and Development Google Classrooms
Activities including personality tests, choices, investigating different careers, CV writing and UCAS applications are all available in each year group’s new Google Classroom. Do encourage your child to complete the activities as this will help them to make choices in year 10 and 12 for the next steps for their future.
University and Student Finance
Many parents and students are concerned about the debt their child may incur from attending university. Frightening headlines in the press haven’t helped parents who are quite rightly confused by student loans.
If your child is considering university, please do read some of these helpful articles on “Beware paying Uni Fees upfront” “Student loans decoded” “Student Finance for parents” “What you repay – Student loans” . If you are still concerned, please contact Ms Jordan
There are many good resources for finding apprenticeships. Within school we use Notgoingtouni.com, Findanapprenticeship, and Springpod. Do review these with your child as it can become overwhelming with the choice available. Looking at the apprenticeships allows will help your child to get focussed for their exams as there will be a required entry level.
The date of the next review of this information will be published 15 March 2022