Careers Education

Careers part of the ASPIRE Programme

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 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 websites including www.National Careers Service.co.uk and www. I Could.com.

Throughout the programme students are given the opportunity for reflection and planning

This learning is supported by drop down days that are year specific

Careers Education

KS3

Knowing about Myself

Year 7 take part in activities that include First Day Back and Settling into a New School 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.

Knowing what is Available

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 I could.com and the National Careers Service websites to investigate what type of career may suit them along with the career paths, skills and qualities needed for certain careers.

Making the right choices

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 National Careers Service website,
  • Options available and pathways after Key Stage 4/5
  • Networking
  • Bias and Impartiality
  • Identifying choice and opportunity
  • Career Action Planning

KS4

Putting my Plans into Action

Year 10

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 and personal statements.

Year 11

To develop employability skills Year 11 students take part in:

  • Work with local employers on interview skills.
  • Apply for jobs using a range of application media.
  • Apprenticeship talks
  • Work Activity Week

KS5

Year 12

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.

To support students with their post 18 plans Year 12 take part in:

  • Knowledge and understanding of financial affairs
  • Apprenticeship workshops
  • Health and Safety presentation
  • Employer talks
  • CV production
  • Planning for the future clinics

Year 13

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.

To ensure Year 13 are ready for their next steps they attend workshop on:

  • Interview Question Planning
  • Linkedin Profiling
  • Taking a Gap Year
  • Presentation Skills
  • Listening Skills
  • Work Life Balance
  • Ranking Employability Skills
  • Understanding Business and Industry