Our Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme

Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG)

Our Careers programme runs from Year 7 to Year 13 and will prepare students well for life after they leave the school. It has been designed to align with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks which have been recognised by the government as outlining the requirements of an excellent careers programme.

Students will have many encounters with employers and will learn about the different careers and the various routes into these careers. It will help students to find the career that suits them and prepare them to follow their desired path. Students will learn about the different work sectors and will challenge the various stereotypes and discrimination that exists in the world of work. Students will learn how to take responsibility for their own career by planning for the future. They will learn how to create an effective CV and will learn useful skills such as developing a professional and successful interview technique. The programme will support pupils through each of the transitions they will face such as choosing Year 9 options and deciding what to do after Year 11 and after Year 13. Students will complete a week of work experience in Year 12.

Our Careers programme is comprised of the following:

Students will receive individual impartial advice from our Level 6 qualified Careers advisor who has been commissioned from a MATRIX accredited organisation (Changing Education Ltd). Students identified as requiring extra support will receive regular individual impartial advice from our advisor from Young People Services. Impartial and independent advice will be given to students in accordance with the Statutory Guidance for Schools (Jan 18) and Guidance for Colleges and Sixth Forms (Feb 18). It will be organised and delivered in accordance with the Gatsby benchmarks and Compass tool. All students will receive a one to one meeting in either Year 10 or Year 11. Students identified as requiring an extra meeting will be seen again. Students in the 6th Form can request a meeting when necessary. Students in any year can be referred for a Careers meeting. All referrals will go through the Year Leader before a meeting is scheduled.

The Careers advisor will also be present at the Parents’ Evenings for Years 9-13.

Careers lessons will take place during form times with a new focus every half term from Year 7 to Year 11. Each lesson focus is matched at KS3 and at KS4 with the CDI (Careers Development Institute) framework for careers, employability and enterprise education.

All students will also have two Careers lessons in each subject that they study which will be specific to the various careers linked with each subject. One lesson will take place in Year 9 to help them with choosing their GCSE options and the other will be delivered in in Year 12 to help them with their post Year 13 choices.

All students will set up profiles through two careers websites (Start Profile and Fast Tomato) which they will be able to use to help them to find the right career path.

All students in our 6th Form will set up accounts with Unifrog and will use this online resource to complete and track many tasks such as recording skills and experiences, searching for degrees, writing a personal statement, completing UCAS applications, searching and applying for apprenticeships etc.

Students will have encounters with employers each year through talks from guest speakers in Citizenship days in Years 7-9.

Students will have a Careers day in Years 10, Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 in which they will hear from external speakers and employers and carry out various careers related activities throughout the day.

Students across all Year groups will also have contact with employers through various school trips and guest speakers visiting lessons.

Students in Year 8 will have a Citizenship Day which will include time with Barclays where they will learn how to develop an understanding of important financial terms as well as learning how to budget.

Students in Year 11 will have a day off timetable to learn about life skills. This day is run by Barclays and will help to prepare students with the skills they will need after they finish school.

There will be a 6th Form Welcome Day in Year 10 and in Year 11 where students will be able to attend A Level style lessons to get a feel of what it would be like to study in a 6th form.

Students will attend a week of work experience in Year 12. Students will be guided to help them to try to organise their own placements in job sectors of their choice. We will support others to help them to find a place. All risk assessments will be completed for all placements prior to commencing work experience.

If you explore this Careers section of our website you will find lots of information, websites, videos and other resources to help you to find out how we support all students to find their own paths and prepare for their futures.