All students in years 7-11 follow a timetabled Personal Development lesson every week which includes Careers Education, Work Related Learning and PSHE
Careers Education follows the CDI framework of:
Students have access to a range of websites including www.NationalCareersService.co.uk and www.ICould.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
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.
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.
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:
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.
To develop employability skills Year 11 students take part in:
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:
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: