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Careers

Careers 2018-2019

We endeavour to combine our students’ formal education with a personalised, independent and informed career guidance, which will enable them to embark on their future with the skills to build upon their career pathways.

At Bullers Wood School for Girls we use The Steps Careers Programme which consists of a series of progressive individual workbooks.

The activities will support all students to:

  • Understand more about themselves (through careers, employability and enterprise education)
  • Know where to look for useful information (about careers and the world of work)
  • Plan for the future (through developing career management, employability and enterprise skills).

Year 7

Students are given their first workbook Step Up, which takes them through the stages of career planning. The workbooks are progressive and are relevant to their year group. They cover a range of issues to help students to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work, and help them to plan for their future.

The workbooks containing a range of activities, topics include:

  • Changes
  • What have you achieved?
  • Skills for life

The aims of the workbook are to:

  • help students to understand more about themselves (Self-development through careers and work-related education)
  • increase their knowledge of where to find useful information (Finding out about careers and the world of work)
  • increase students’ understanding of the world of work and help them plan for the future (Developing skills for career wellbeing and employability)

Employer engagement during assemblies.

 

Year 8

Students are given their second workbook Step On, which takes them through the stages of career planning from Year 8 and build upon the skills they developed in Year 7.

These workbooks contain a range of activities, topics include:

  • Your beliefs
  • Are school and work so different?
  • What do you want from work?
  • Can anyone predict the future?
  • Being assertive
  • How do you make decisions?

The aims of the workbook are to:

  • help students to make the most of the changing opportunities in learning and work
  • increase their awareness of what motivates them and help them be successful
  • increase their knowledge of the job market

Employer engagement in assemblies.

 

Year 9

Students are given their third workbook Step Ahead, which consolidates the earlier work and continues their journey. During Year 9 they will need to choose which subjects and pathways to study from Year 10 onwards.

These workbooks contain a range of activities, topics include:

  • Planning
  • Learning styles
  • Working today

The activities in this booklet will help them to:

  • understand more about themselves (self-development)
  • look at their options (career exploration)
  • plan for the future (career management)

Students can access websites to source information about their options after they are 16 and search Job profiles, Explore Job Sectors, Skills, Qualities, Interests and Work Preferences.

National Careers Service job profiles: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Students will have a presentation on Year 10 options, assemblies and a Parent & Student Information Evening.

Employer engagement during Enterprise and in assemblies.

 

Year 10

Students start the process for work experience (WEX) at the end of Year 10, an assembly introduces them to WEX and preparation for their CV and covering letter.

Students will embark on Step Forward, which focuses on the topic of work. The activities enhance preparation and debrief activities for work-related activities – including work experience. This booklet provides students with the opportunity to carry out a range of self-assessments to help them determine the decisions they need to make. They take students through the stages of career planning right through to post-18 options, helping students to find out more about themselves, careers, learning options and the world of work.

These workbooks contain a range of activities, topics include:

  • Exploring possibilities
  • Application skills
  • Thinking ahead after you are 16

The activities in this booklet will help them to:

  • understand more about the working world
  • learn about rights at work and responsibilities
  • consider their post 16 options

Students and parents can access websites to source information about their options after they are 16 and search Job profiles, Explore Job Sectors, Skills, Qualities, Interests and Work Preferences.

National Careers Service job profiles: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Employer engagement during assemblies and work experience.

 

Year 11

Students will work on the Step into the Future booklet, which aims to support the delivery of careers education, advice and guidance with up-to-date impartial information about the range of education and training options for post-16 options.

The activities will include:

  • Year planner
  • Your skills and interests
  • Different qualifications and their equivalents

The aims of the workbook are to:

  • assist the students make decisions about their post 16 options
  • reflect on progress to date
  • ensue they are familiar with qualification levels

Students will have a presentation on Year 12 options, assemblies and a Parent & Student Information Evening.

Students will have a 1:1 meeting with Kirsty Taylor our Independent Careers Guidance Advisor and a member of staff regarding post 16 choices.

Employer engagement in assemblies.

 

Additional Support

Students on the SEN register and qualifying for PP have workshops in Years 7 and 8, then yearly 1:1 interviews during the rest of their schooling.

Vulnerable students in Year 10 attend small workshops to assist with work experience understanding, preparation and applications.

 

16 to 18

Young people are required to stay in education until 18. They are not required to stay in school but can choose how to participate which might be through:

    1. full time study in a school, college or training provider;
    2. an apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship;
    3. full time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part time accredited study.

 

Work Related Learning

The school aims to offer all students the opportunity to experience work related learning from Year 7 – 13 through a wide range of subjects, specific work experience and activities for example Enterprise Activities Week.

All teachers link curriculum learning with careers.

  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  • By the age of 14, every student has had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to a wide range of careers.
  • All subject teachers emphasise the importance of succeeding in English and maths.

The three main ways we deliver careers in the curriculum are:

  • Providing career learning as a subject in its own right: careers education as part of PD.
  • Incorporating career learning within other subjects: In this approach careers content is delivered through subjects, e.g. personal financial planning skills taught in maths, self-presentation skills taught in English. This approach both provides career learning and enhances the subject learning e.g. by showing how a mathematical technique is used in the real world.
  • Organised career learning through co-curriculum activities (e.g. enrichment activities strongly connected to the formal curriculum: In this approach careers content is delivered through informal and voluntary learning activities which have a strong connection to the curriculum e.g. STEM clubs to build on student’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – have received the most support in this area. We can learn a lot from the initiatives to promote careers in STEM through career-relevant subject teaching. The health of our economy depends on the skills and experience and knowledge that our young people develop whilst in education to ensure they can meet the minimum expectations of employers and successfully transition into work.

All subject teachers emphasise the importance of succeeding in English and maths. Science subject teachers highlight the relevance of science for a wide range of future career paths.

Throughout the year various industry experts will be invited in to give career insights, this will include areas such as engineering, medical, veterinarian and health and beauty. Trips to various industries will be organised and supported by local large companies i.e. Direct Line Group, Bank of America and Coca-Cola.

 

Enterprise

Years 7, 9 and 12 will embark on 3 days of Enterprise Activities 16th – 18th July 2019. The normal school timetable will be suspended and your daughter/son will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of new initiatives. The focus for the week will be working in a team, communication and creating new ideas.

The activities will include trips, workshops and outside career speakers.

This promises to be an exciting few days where your daughter/son will have the opportunity to develop new skills and try new activities in a different environment to that of the normal school timetable. We hope that by the end of the event she/he will have tried something new, experienced personal challenges and improved her/his interpersonal skills.

 

Evaluation and Measures

The school records destination information for Year 11 and Year 13 and adapts the career programme to reflect the changing trends.

We complete the Compass evaluation and are using this to drive improvement. We update are careers programmes to reflect current labour market information and renew the programmes yearly to remain current.

Students and staff complete yearly evaluations of the careers and enterprise programmes and this is used to adapt and maintain the programme.

 

Useful websites

 The National Careers Service (NCS) https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home .aspx

AllAboutSchoolLeaversCareers http://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/

Notgoingtouni http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

How2Become https://www.how2become.com/

Pure Potential http://www.purepotential.org/

Which Way Now http://www.whichwaynow.org/

Parental Guidance (for parents, everything that they need to know). http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/ This site is for parents (but there is also a lot of useful information for students).

AllAboutCareers http://www.allaboutcareers.com/  Does what it says on the logo.

 

This information will be reviewed in October 2019