All students are entitled to careers, work related learning activities and opportunities for post-16 provision. Pupils from year 8 to year 11 will have access to careers guidance and work related experiences throughout their time at school. A careers advisor from ‘Careers for Young People Service’ will manage the transition from Woolston Brook to the designated Post 16 providers (www.careersforyoungpeople.co.uk tel: 01925 442211). As part of the Careers Programme students have an opportunity to attend open evening events and organized careers fairs to enable students to make an informed choice post 16.
Contact Stuart Beardsworth (careers lead) for all matters relating to careers, work related learning and post-16 provision. Parents and employers can contact S. Beardsworth regarding pupil careers information.
Years 8 & 9
Key activities: Year 8 work related learning
Lessons might include what work is, how salaries relate to different jobs, stereotyping around jobs, how to find out about jobs, the skills needed for work, jobs of the future, the geography of jobs. By the end of Year 9, all students will have had the opportunity to:
- Be introduced to career resources to help them understand their preferences and the options open to them.
- Develop their self-awareness
- Hear from or talk to representatives from the world of work
- Receive support to make the right KS4/GCSE choices, including assemblies, parents events, meeting with senior staff at school and the option of a careers meeting.
Key activities: Work experience and mock business interviews
Lessons include preparing to find and carry out work experience placements; CVs, applications and interview technique in preparation for mock business interviews; understanding post-16 options. These activities are supplemented with supported sessions with PC access.
By the end of Year 10, all students will have had the opportunity to:
- Develop their self-awareness and career management skills, including writing a CV
- Experience at least one week in the workplace
- Be interviewed by someone from the world of work
- Experience a taster day in a sixth form or college setting
- Learn about the different Post-16 pathways.
Key activities: Post-16 applications
Students will learn how to write a personal statement for post-16 applications; get support to apply through UCAS Progress; attend group sessions discussing the different post-16 pathways and key considerations when choosing post-16 options. These activities are supplemented with after-school support sessions with PC access.
By the end of Year 11, all students will have had the opportunity to:
- Use a range of sources of information (with support, as required) to explore Post-16 options
- Attend events in school and out of school where they can speak to employers, colleges, training providers
- Develop their self-awareness and career management skills
- Apply for Post-16 options and back-up plans, as necessary
- Continue to develop the skills needed for a successful transition
- Have at least one meeting (small group or one-to-one) with a careers adviser.
School measurement and assessment of the impact of the careers programme
- Measured by the Local Authority NEET data for the school leavers.
- Pupil, parent and employer surveys.
- Evaluation meetings
- Destination data
- Careers programme review
- Staff end of year careers integration survey