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If you wish to contact the school about any aspect of our careers programme you should contact the careers lead – Richard Salter firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
We encourage our students to develop the skills and attitudes that will enable them to participate fully in and make a positive contribution to life in modern Britain. We aim to inspire all our students to aim high and to consider a wide range of ambitious career options that extend beyond their immediate experiences and preconceptions. Our extensive careers’ programme is designed to widen the horizons of our students so that they feel both excited by the opportunities available to them and well informed about how they can realise their potential and achieve their ambitions.
Whatever a student’s ambitions they are given the information, advice and guidance so that they can make clear and informed choices about, for example, GCSE choices, future university studies, college training or embarking on an apprenticeship We offer a comprehensive programme that includes access to independent advice, one-to-one guidance sessions, subject-specific lessons, visits to careers fairs, visits to universities, contact with apprenticeship providers, local colleges and employers, support with CV writing and much more.
Our careers provision starts in year 7 and students develop and extend their knowledge and skills throughout the key stage. Students complete a range of activities as part of the PSHE programme and have a number of opportunities to engage with employers and higher education providers.
Our careers programme at Key Stage 3
Careers lessons and days
Students complete a wide range of activities as part of our PSHE programme. Some of these are personalised, for example using dedicated software to identify careers that might be appropriate, reflecting on personal preferences and target setting to develop personal skills as well as setting academic goals. Others are more wide ranging and discussion based, for example, looking at technology and discrimination in the workplace.
A comprehensive options advice programme ensures that students have opted for GCSE courses that will allow them to make the most of their abilities and preferences.
Our staff build explicit careers-focused activities into the programmes of study for their subjects. For example, in computing, students study the importance of data encryption in particular careers; in geography, students look at local patterns of employment, wages and average earnings and study global supply chains; in history students study businesses and profit and in languages the students study the role of interpreters.
Encounters with employers
These opportunities are tailored to students’ needs and are made available in a variety of ways, in year 9 students all spend a day on ‘Take Your Teenager To Work’. Other opportunities are tailored to students’ needs. e.g. for large groups of students through assemblies and for smaller groups of students through visits, workshops and projects.
Contacts with mentors and coaches
We use local employers to act as mentors and coaches to students where this is beneficial to the student.
Contacts with apprenticeship providers
Students have the opportunity to meet local employers to discuss options. Students are shown how to use the apprenticeship.org website to find suitable opportunities.
The school ensures that all students attend careers and skills shows across the region and that they are kept informed about smaller events which might be of interest to them.
Parents Careers’ Forum
Our students tell us that parents and carers are a key source of information about their future career and we hold a yearly event to share with parents the support they can access to help their children make choices.
Contacts with Universities
Year 8 and 9 students are able to participate in our Russell Group Programme (Brilliant Club) which enables them to work with students and staff at some of the UK’s top universities. Other visits and activities are regularly arranged with local universities.
We have very high expectations for attendance, punctuality and behaviour. We expect students to work hard and we have developed a curriculum that encourages students to take personal responsibility for decision making, team building, problem solving and developing social confidence. We ensure that students are aware of the value that employers base on such attributes.
Enterprise is built into the curriculum and students have a range of opportunities to develop and strengthen their skills. For example, in year 9 all students take part in Giving Nation and use seed capital to raise money for chosen charities.
Students have many opportunities to lead at school. These range from spending some time as a nominated leader within a subject area to leading the school’s use of technology. All students take part in elections and have opportunities to represent their peer group.
We ensure that our students are aware of out of school opportunities that could help them with their career aspirations and encourage them to get involved in voluntary and community activities. Once students reach the age of 16 they may wish to explore the volunteering options supported by the National Citizenship Service. The school runs the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Bronze and Silver and voluntary work forms an important part of these awards. Students are encouraged to volunteer in school to take leadership roles in a wide range of areas.
The importance of English and maths
We ensure that our students are aware that good grades are of powerful labour market value and are thus of vital importance.
The Importance of STEM Subjects
A wide range of career choices requires good knowledge of the sciences as well as maths. We promote STEM through our curriculum and programme of assemblies and through inspiring visits such as to the Big Bang Fair. We have built STEM into our curriculum and have dedicated STEM activities at key stage 3.
The careers and guidance programme in school is led by Richard Salter and supported by a number of outside agencies. We have strong links with post-16 providers across Leicestershire and are able to signpost parents and students at services that are suitable for their needs.
The is more information and links to outside organisations in the post-16 section.