Careers Advice and Useful Information
"Young adults who recall four or more encounters with employers while at school are five times less likely to be NEET and earn, on average, 18% more than peers who recall no such activities." (Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Task Force)
Careers education and guidance programmes play a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs. A robust careers programme helps avoid disengagement, puts school learning into a wider and more relevant context, and helps raise aspirations.
Our school's careers programme is delivered through a combination of methods, including in:
- Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in KS2 and KS3.
- Citizenship pastoral weeks delivered by Head of Key Stage and Form Tutors.
- Trips and visits available to local careers fayres and events at local companies.
- Options programme in Year 8 showing pupils a taste of GCSE subjects on offer in foundation subjects.
- There is a small Careers Library located in the school library. This includes publications such as: Careers 2020; Which A Levels are Right for You?; Apprenticeships 2020.
Benefits of Careers Education and Guidance at School
Careers guidance needs to happen in the classroom, not just in distinct careers activities. We encourage all curriculum areas to embrace employer led learning, using industry professionals and resources to help deliver curriculum lessons, blending careers ideas with academic learning. There are numerous benefits for our students:
- TIME: Employer-led curriculum learning forms part of the planned timetable and doesn’t take pupils away from lessons.
- NEW IDEAS: Opportunity to discuss topics with external professionals who use subjects practically on a daily basis, exchanging ideas and expertise.
- NEW ANGLES: Use real life examples to get across concepts students find difficult to grasp.
- BUILD LONG-TERM RESOURCES: Develop the relationship into a regular experience.
- ENRICHMENT: Add an extra element to deepen curriculum learning.
- NEW INSPIRATION: You could be providing the single inspirational moment that changes the direction of a student’s life.
- MOTIVATION: Students see that subjects are relevant to the real world – and therefore why it’s important to study them.
For more information on our careers programme and policy, please see the documents below.
Policy and Information Documents
Information and Signposting for Parents and Pupils
Labour Market Information
Labour market information (LMI) may help student and their parents understand the job market and find out which careers different qualifications can lead to. We strongly advise students to look through the resources below before making GCSE and A Level option choices.