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Careers Guidance

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Delivery of the Careers Programme - Careers education

The content of the taught careers education programme is based around the learning outcomes outlined in the CDI Careers Framework (see references).

Year 7 - Learning outcomes

  • Explain how you have benefited as a learner from career and work related learning activities and experience

  • Describe yourself, your strengths and preferences

  • Identify and make the most of your personal network of support including how to access the impartial careers information, advice and guidance you need

  • Know how to negotiate and make plans and decisions carefully to help you get the qualifications, skills and experience you need

  • Recognise the qualities and skills needed for employability and provide evidence for those you have demonstrated both in and out of the academy

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Year 8 - Learning outcomes

  • Explain how you have benefited as a learner from career and work related learning activities and experience.

  • Describe different ways of looking at people’s careers and how they develop

  • Identify different kinds of work and why peoples satisfaction with their working lives varies

  • Describe the organisation and structure of different types of business

  • Be aware of what job and labour market information (LMI) is and what it can do for you

  • Identify how to stand up to stereotyping and discrimination that is damaging to you and those around you

  • Be aware of the laws and by-laws relating to young people’s permitted hours and type of employment; and know how to minimise health and safety risks to you and those around you

  • Recognise when you are using the qualities and skills you need to be enterprising

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Year 9 - Learning outcomes

  • Receive support to make the right KS4/GCSE choices, including assemblies, parents events, meeting with senior staff at the academy and the option of a careers meeting.
  • Explain how you have benefited as a learner from career and work related learning activities and experience

  • Tell your own story about what you are doing to make progress, raise your achievement and improve your wellbeing

  • Recognise the qualities and skills needed for employability and provide evidence for those you have demonstrated both in and out of the academy

  • Recognise when you are using the qualities and skills you need to be enterprising

  • Show that you can manage a personal budget and contribute to household and academy budgets

  • Look systematically at the choices and opportunities open to you when you reach a decision point

  • Know how to negotiate and make plans and decisions carefully to help you get the qualifications, skills and experience you need

  • Know how to prepare and present yourself well when going through a selection process

  • Show that you can be positive, flexible and well-prepared at transition points in your life

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Year 10 - Learning outcomes

  • 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 after-the academy support sessions with PC access.

  • Recognise how you are changing, what you have to offer and what’s important to you

  • Be positive about your own story and the responsibility you are taking for your own progress, achievement and wellbeing

  • Explain key ideas about career and careers development

  • Explain different types of business, how they operate and how they measure success

  • Find relevant job and labour information (LMI) and know how to use it in career planning

  • Recognise and challenge stereotyping, discrimination and other barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion, and know your rights and responsibilities in relation to these issues

  • Build and make the most of your personal network of support including making effective use of impartial careers information, advice and guidance

  • Show that you have acquired and developed qualities and skills to improve your employability

  • Show that you can be enterprising in the way you learn, carry out work and plan your career

  • Research your education, training, apprenticeships, employment and volunteering options including information about the best progress pathways through to specific goals

  • Know how to make important plans and decisions carefully including how to solve problems and deal appropriately with influences on you

  • Know your rights and responsibilities in a selection process and the strategies to use to improve your chances of being chosen

  • Review and reflect on previous transitions to help you improve your preparation for future moves in education, training and employment

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Year 11 - Learning outcomes

  • 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 after-the academy support sessions with PC access.
  • Recognise how you are changing, what you have to offer and what’s important to you

  • Be positive about your own story and the responsibility you are taking for your own progress, achievement and wellbeing

  • Review and reflect upon how you have benefited as a learner from career and work related learning activities and experience

  • Explain how work is changing and how this impacts on people’s satisfaction with their working lives

  • Be aware of your responsibilities and rights as a student, trainee or employee for following safe working practices

  • Show that you can manage your own money, understand personal financial documents and know how to access financial support for further study and training research your education, training, apprenticeship, employment and volunteering options including information about the best progression pathways through to specific goals

  • Know how to make important plans and decisions carefully including how to solve problems and deal appropriately with influences on you

  • 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

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Year 12 - Learning outcomes

  • Be proactive in taking part in career and work-related learning activities and assessing the benefits to you as a learner

  • Recognise the personal, social and economic value of different kinds of work and be critically aware of key debates about the future of work

  • To have an understanding of what businesses do, the way they operate and the responsibilities and rights of the employer

  • Draw conclusions from research and evaluating relevant job and labour market information (LMI) to support your plans

  • Reflect critically on the ethical, legal and business case for equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the implications for your behaviour and others

  • Recognise different levels of risk and understand your responsibilities and rights as a students, trainee or employee for observing safe working practices

  • Develop and make the most of your personal network of support and show that you are a proactive and discerning user of impartial careers information, advice and guidance

  • Develop and apply enterprising qualities and skill in your approach to learning, work and career planning

  • Research and evaluate progression pathways and return on investment for the higher and further education, training, apprenticeships, employment and volunteering options

  • Know how to make career enhancing plans and decisions

  • Key activities: Post-18 Applications, mock interviews and optional work experience In Year 12, lessons include post-18 options, covering both university and alternatives to university. Students have the option to take up work experience placements as part of the academy’s enrichment programme, with the support of the careers team.

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Year 13 - Learning outcomes

  • Assess how you are changing and be able to match your skill, interests and values to requirements and opportunities in learning and work

  • Create a personal statement emphasising the responsibility you are taking for managing your own progress, achievement and wellbeing

  • Explain what you are doing to improve your employability and to meet the expectations of employers and co-workers

  • Develop your personal financial capability to improve the decisions you make that affect your everyday life, further study, training and work

  • Know how to prepare for, perform well and learn from your participation in the selection process

  • Know how to develop and use the strategies you will need to cope with the challenge of managing your career transitions

  • Key activities: Post-18 Applications, mock interviews and optional work experience In Year 12, lessons include post-18 options, covering both university and alternatives to university. Students have the option to take up work experience placements as part of the academy’s enrichment programme, with the support of the careers team.

  • In Year 13, students will have a mock business interview, so lessons will help prepare students for this and explore how to get the most out of the experience. Students are supported through the post-18 application processes, including UCAS and apprenticeship, work-related or college options.

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Interviews, Career Events, Activities

Students can request a careers interview by contacting any of the staff above by email.

All students will have had a careers interview towards the end of year 10 or beginning of year 11. Students can request a further careers interview if needed to help support decision making for year 12. Students receive an action plan after their appointment to help action their next steps.

Careers appointments can be useful for making choices whether that be options at 14, 16 or 18. Helping to work out a career path, discovering career routes, University choices, finding Apprenticeships, job opportunities or work experience/voluntary work.

Apprenticeship opportunities/vacancies or open days are advertised in school on the Careers noticeboard, on the school website, or on the school weekly bulletin.

As well as providing impartial advice and guidance in school we offer activities and workshops to supplement guidance in school. Such as:

  • Mentoring from the local employers and university ambassadors.
  • Careers talks
  • Apprenticeship talks
  • Co-operative Young People and Careers Event
  • GROWS Aspirational programme
  • National Citizen Service
  • National Apprentices 
  • Work place visits
  • Find your Future FE day
  • UCAS HE exhibition
  • University visits
  • Trips to Science Festival and Big Bang Fair

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Useful Websites

  • www.careerpilot.org.uk  – choices at 14, 16, 18. Different qualifications and routes and job information. Also has labour market information for the South West.
     
  • www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk- National Careers Service gives information, advice and guidance for learning, training and work.
     
  • www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship- National apprenticeship service, provides listings for vacancies and useful search tool by area and level of apprenticeship.
     
  • www.ucas.com– options at 16, 18 and alternatives to University. Applying for University, personal statements, applications.
     
  • www.sacu-student.com– good for job market information and for those considering Higher Education.
     
  • www.icould.com– over 1000 video stories form people working and their roles.
     
  • www.gapyear.com– gap year ideas for volunteering, working abroad, travelling.
     
  • www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk– work experience opportunities in Gloucestershire hospitals
     
  • www.notgoingtouni.co.uk– make informed decisions about non university choices such as apprenticeships, Higher and Degree apprenticeships, gap years, job opportunities.
     
  • www.vinspired.com/card- UK Youth volunteering 14-30yrs volunteering opportunities.
     
  • www.barclayslifeskills.com– useful interactive CV builder, cover letters, job quizzes.
     
  • www.wowgloucestershire.co.uk– labour market information for Gloucestershire and searching for job opportunities.

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Careers Team Information

Careers Lead; Years 7-11; Mr Mark Lockett

  • Careers strategy, Employer links, work experience, Further Education, Apprenticeships. Inspired Industry weeks, Subject based careers. Based in the CEIAG office.

GROWS Lead; Mr Mark Lockett

  • GROWS project, MADE workshops, Careers strategy, Employer links, work experience, Further Education, Apprenticeships. Based in the CEIAG office

Careers Lead; Head of Sixth Form;  Mrs Catherine Marsden-Green

Year 12 Lead; Mr James Enderby

Year 13 Lead; Mr Gavin Robinson

  • UCAS and personal statements, Higher Education and post 18 education. Based in the upper study room in Sixth form. University prospectuses are located in the lower study room in Sixth form.

Apprenticeship Lead; Ms Nora Watson

 

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