We want our students to fully understand the world of possibilities out there and make the most of their talents. We work hard to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their future. We aim to help develop students’ knowledge, understanding, confidence, and skills so that they make well-informed choices and plans.
We are committed to providing a well-structured Careers and Education programme for all students in Year 7 to 13. We strive to ensure students experience a full, varied and interesting careers journey, having the opportunity to explore their own interests, skills, and passions; understanding the wealth of jobs and education available to them once they leave school. It is integrated into our students’ experience across the whole curriculum and is based on a partnership with, students and their parents or carers. We have a rich partnership with local businesses, colleges and universities along with a strong alumni and wider school community to support our Careers Education.
We also work in partnership with Innervate Career Services, an outside agency. They provide one-to-one impartial Career Guidance interviews to Year 11, 12 and 13 students, Group Career Guidance sessions to Year 9 and Destination programmes.
Our programme is a valued area of the curriculum and is guided by the Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers and the eight Gatsby benchmarks identifying the elements of good practice in career guidance.
Key Stage 3
- As early as Year 7, we introduce students to career resources, as they start to identify the types of jobs they are interested in, and the personal qualities and skills required to do each job. Students learn about personal development, planning, and decision making in their PSHE, English and RE lessons.
- During Years 7, 8 and 9 students investigate various aspects of careers education through their PSHE lessons (although there is a crossover into all subjects) and by accessing dedicated careers websites.
- As our students progress through the school, opportunities are developed and include Feature Lectures, webinars, and events dedicated to next steps.
- In Year 9, students make their GCSE choices, and explore how to keep their options open; this is supported by a comprehensive programme delivered through assembly, tutor lessons, PSHE, and parent information events.
- Key stage 3 students have access to educational workshops with STEM companies
Key stage 4
- We encourage all students to consider the career possibilities throughout Year 10 and 11 and provide a wealth of impartial guidance and information on post 16 options.
- All students in key stage 4 have access to feature Lectures talks and webinars, from motivational speakers and industry professionals.
- We encourage key stage 4 students to volunteer within the local community as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
- Our Year 10 Careers Day enables students to investigate a large number of different professions. Engaging with industry professionals based on their career interests through talks, sharing work skills for particular employment sectors. Also exploring all routes e.g. university, college, apprenticeships, Oxbridge, Year in Industry, and less familiar routes such as art, performing art and music.
- Year 10 students have access to educational workshops with STEM companies throughout the year.
- Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend HEP experience days and apprenticeship fairs.
- In Year 11 students focus on making decisions and informed choices for their options after their GCSEs. Well-planned information is provided about our own post 16 provision and external institutions.
- All Year 11 students receive 1:1 meetings with their tutors to discuss their next steps and career aspirations. Alongside, receiving an individual consultation with a member of the Leadership Team and parents to discuss their post 16 next steps and support required.
- Students attend our Year 11 into 6th Form day where post 18 options are discussed and guidance is given on subject choices to support career aspirations. Followed by an open evening for students and parents to explore options available together.
Key Stage 5
- Throughout the year students, receive a wealth of information on post 18 options including higher education and careers opportunities including apprenticeships, internships and lectures/events that will support their aspirations.
- In the summer term, our Year 12 students visit a university open day and attend university fairs (when available). Students are also encouraged to attend further university open days independently.
- In Year 12 students complete a week of work experience and are encouraged to find their own placement in a career sector that interests them. Across the college, students are given the flexibility to partake in additional work experience or placement opportunities.
- We provide workshops, employer encounters, and support, which includes, writing personal statements, interview preparation, UCAS application completion, CV and cover letter preparation, support for competitive courses such as medicine and Oxbridge.
- 1:1 portfolio and interview preparation sessions for art foundation, architecture, design, and creative courses.
- Feature Lectures and talks, which can include studying and working abroad, alternatives to higher education, gap years, CV writing, UCAS and work experience, motivational speakers and industry professionals.
- All students in 6th form are offered 1:1 career interviews with an external consultant.
- In Year 13 students attend a careers evening in January where they engage with industry professionals for 1:1 mock interviews receiving feedback on these and their CVs.
THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS
- A stable careers programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, and employers.
- Learning from career and labour market information – Every student 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 best use of available information.
- Addressing the needs of each student – Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality 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 wide range of future career paths.
- Encounters with employers and employees – Every student 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 activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
- Experiences of workplaces – Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
- Encounters with further and higher education – All students 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 workplace
- Personal guidance – Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, 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 students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
Labour Market Information
Each month the Education Development Trust publishes a Labour Market Information Bulletin, an interesting read, and useful tool.
Apprenticeship Guide offering a guide to apprenticeships in England.
All About Careers offers free advice and guidance to young people interested in a range of careers. Also suitable for students, graduates and school leavers seeking internships, placements and graduate jobs. They also have websites for law careers, finance careers, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.
Cambridge Subject Masterclasses are subject-specific events that offer academically able students in Year 12 (or equivalent) the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at the University. Useful whether or not you plan to apply to Cambridge.
Careers Advice in Surrey offers comprehensive information on apprenticeships.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related films, news, and information.
CareerMap is the leading website for 15-25 year olds looking for a pathway into Apprenticeships and early career opportunities.
icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people.
What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career. Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.
Career-experience programmes for students who aspire to work in investment banking, law, medicine, engineering, politics, and journalism.
Headstart has been established for more than 23 years as a charitable trust providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities, and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers.
JobCentreGuide an independent guide to JobCentre Plus services, online job searching, CV preparation, and interview technique. They aim to provide you with all the information you’ll need to help you find a rewarding job.
The Medic Portal in partnership with The Royal Society of Medicine for aspiring medics.
MyBigCareer aim is to provide free one-to-one career guidance to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to break down barriers to social mobility. Advice is delivered by professionally qualified advisers volunteering from within the independent sector.
MyKindaFuture is an award winning Social Enterprise that exists to give every young person equal power and opportunity to kickstart their career and shape their future. They work with a large network of schools, colleges and universities to connect students to employers who are looking for their next generation of talent.
The National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people in England. Launched in April 2012, it brings together elements of previous publicly funded careers services for adults and young people. Its explore careers section is particularly useful to gain an understanding of what a job involves and whether its right for you.
Parental Guidance will give you some of the advice and information you need to support young people during their transition to adult working life. You will find up-to-the-minute and well-researched articles by the country’s leading careers writer.
Prospects are owned by the registered charity Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), providing information to guide and inspire career choices throughout the student journey. Particularly useful for showing what careers degrees can lead to.
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.
Student Ladder provides information on work placements, graduate schemes and internship opportunities for 16-24 year olds. Application advice on CVs and interviews alongside information, guidance, and advice from GCSE through to graduation.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression.
For long term Gap ideas there are several websites to explore.
Participation in ‘out of school’ volunteering, clubs and societies are always good. In addition, demonstrating involvement with diverse groups of people and what you have learned from the experiences is impressive in personal statements and future job interviews.
For further information, or if you are business that would like to engage with us in delivering our Careers, Education and Guidance programme, please contact Mrs Joanne Hawkins by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01932 582577