All students in years 7-13 follow a timed tabled ASPIRE lesson every two weeks which includes Careers Education, Work Related Learning and PSHE
Careers Education follows the Career Development Institute (CDI) framework of:
• Self-Development through careers and work related learning,
• Exploration of careers and the world of work
• Skill development for career management and employability
Students have access to a range of software that includes Careerscape, Kudos, Kudos Inspire, I Could.
Throughout the programme students are given the opportunity for reflection and planning
This learning is supported by drop down days that are year specific.
Year 7 take part in activities that include Human Bingo, The Murder Game and Chinese Whispers to develop their team working and communication skills. They look at skills and qualities and can describe their strengths, weaknesses and preferences.
Snack bar Idol, an Enterprise and Teamwork activity has the students pitching for a licence to set up a mobile catering business on an industrial estate. Students have to use a range of employability skills including presentation, mathematical, team working and communication.
Year 8 students have the opportunity to consider their values and what is important to them in life and how it affects their actions and behaviours.
Students use the Kudos software to investigate career paths and the skills and qualities needed for certain careers.
An Enterprise activity called Building a Business challenges students to come up with a new business idea. Students look at the different roles in a business and what each role does. Students look at key business terms, what is meant by market research and what it provides, business finance and marketing. Students are given an opportunity to consider the skills they have used and the challenges they have faced.
Year 9 students take part in a range of activities designed to develop their skills to enable them to make well informed realistic decisions that are right for them. These include:
• Researching jobs using Careerscape software,
• Options available and pathways after Key Stage 4/5
• Apprenticeship seminar
• Bias and Impartiality
• Identifying choice and opportunity
• Career Action Planning
Having made their option choices Year 10 students receive an introduction to Year 10 taking part in a day that includes self-development, self-management and motivation skills training. Students listen to outside speakers from local businesses.
Students develop skills that allow them to showcase themselves to prospective employers by producing good quality CV’s as part of their preparation for work experience.
To develop employability skills Year 11 students take part in:
• A Health and safety seminar delivered by the Education Business Partnership
• Work with local employers on interview skills.
• Attend an Apprenticeships seminar delivered by The Work based Learning Alliance
• Apply for jobs using a range of application media.
• To develop employability skills students spend one week on work experience
Students complete long term action plans and a self-manager plan. Students are made aware of school staff and external links that can be their personal network support.
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of financial affairs and are given the opportunity to participate in a fund raising activity The Big Cheese
To develop employability skills students take part in voluntary work experience. Students investigate employment, apprenticeship options and application processes
Students look at self-development, reviewing and evaluating experiences and achievements. Students identify the skills, qualities and qualifications needed to pursue their preferred pathway and evaluate their progress
UCAS applications and personal statements are worked on to help students with their progression post 18.