Careers Education

Aims and Philosophy

Aims and Objectives of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Park School for Girls

Aims

Careers in the 21st Century are uncertain because the labour market is changing so fast. Working within the Park School ethos of dealing with each child as an individual has always been the aim of the department. We strive to support every student from Year 7 upwards on a journey of self-discovery and increased self-awareness in order to empower them to make informed decisions at key stages in their lives; to support them in understanding the complex, turbulent and unpredictable labour market of today and the way in which they can relate to this. Our approach is flexible and responsive to student needs.

The emphasis is child-centred, encouraging students to think for themselves, giving them the confidence and self-awareness to make their own decisions about their future, having independently sought impartial advice and done the relevant research. We do not tell the students what to do; our aim is to make them aware of the pros and cons of their decisions and, obviously, we are there to support them if things do not go according to plan.

Ultimately, in order to realise their full potential in the 21st Century where statistics show that people will change career path at least three times during their adult life, we aim to equip our students with the skills, self-awareness and confidence to enable them to be versatile, adaptable and to manage their own lifelong learning and career development in the changing labour market of today.

Within this context we aim to:

  • Provide a student centred approach to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance [CEIAG].
  • Provide high quality, impartial Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance with positive outcomes for students in the context of the wider world.
  • Ensure that students develop the self-awareness, skills, knowledge and understanding to help them towards becoming independent learners, enabling them to manage their own lifelong learning and career development.
  • Create a co-ordinated and integrated approach to the management of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance and Work Related Learning as part of the whole school curriculum involving all staff as much as possible.
  • Respect equal opportunities for all.
  • We advertise many events to enable our students to be aware of what is out there.
  • Provide as much information as possible via trips/ websites and up-to-date journals. The Head teacher Mrs Nicholas and Mrs Lesser are the careers advisers for the school.

Objectives

  • Monitor and evaluate the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme.
  • To integrate CEIAG as part of a whole school policy, involving staff and keeping them informed.
  • To keep Senior Management fully informed. Mrs Nicholas is the careers mentor and the named member of Senior Management responsible for CEIAG.
  • To keep the Governing body fully informed.
  • Liaise closely with our SENCO.
  • Encourage students of all ages to have as many guidance interviews as they feel necessary, either with myself or Mrs Nicholas who is a trained careers adviser, ensuring all students in Year 11, have at least one interview.
  • Make students aware of the issues related to equal opportunities in the work place.

Departmental meetings/Links with other departments

In order for the CEIAG programme to be delivered effectively it is necessary to meet with various members of Form and Subject staff at certain times of year.

The Head is the careers representative on the management team and I meet with her once a week to up-date her on my work within the Careers Department in our SLT meetings. The meeting also includes the Deputy Head [Academic] of the Senior School where we discuss students who are experiencing difficulties or need to follow a particular programme.

  • Heads of Department have career’ posters relevant to their subject and the career possibilities linked to this which should be displayed in one of their classrooms.
  • Form Tutors will be informed regarding the CEIAG programme every term for Year 10 and 11.
  • Year 9 Community Experience Week, all staff will be informed of how it will work in the spring term.
  • Meeting with the staff members who will teach Year 8 Tutors before they play ‘Career Detective
  • Meet with staff who will play ‘Make it Real Game’ with Year 7.
  • Inform staff when Year 10 work experience will be.
  • Staff will be informed by Mrs Nicholas when she interviews the students in Year 11 and will look at the pupil profiles and predicted grades as a sources of information when interviewing students.

The briefing meetings on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning are used to inform of staff of issues that arise from sessions with students and to gather information about students; inform staff of events and deadlines.

Liaising with the subject staff regarding student’s predicted grades and suitability of options post 14 and 16.

Special Needs

The Careers Department fully supports students with special educational needs.

The SENCO and subject staff send students, particularly from Year 9 to 11, whom they feel need specific advice or support in careers.

Staff work very closely with students in Years 11 who have special needs together with their parents towards finding the right institution either post 16. I have specific resources and contacts that enable me to provide them with the information they need.

Links with outside agencies

  • Prospects in Partnership
    We have an agreement with Prospects in Partnership who come in and deliver a number of courses throughout the year.
  • The BEP Group – Business Educational Programme
    We work with this company who provide work experience for our Year 10. They also carry out the health and safety checks. Family and friends also help with providing own placements for work experience.
  • Ex pupils come in and talk to Years 11.
  • Heads of Sixth Form from other schools come in to deliver presentations to the students about their institutions.
  • All Year 10 students attend the Higher Education fair at Forest School.
  • All Year 11 students attend the Skills London at the EXCEL centre.
  • Staff attend a number of courses related to CEIAG during the course of each year.

Key Stage 3 and 4 will offer them:

The information that will be given to the students, not only content but will be adapted to teaching and learning styles and assessment methods. This will be provided through option booklets, national and local guides, websites and other careers information.

  • All students will be helped by subject teachers to review their progress and achievements
  • Have a programme of careers education that includes learning about options available and how to go about making choices
  • Provide presentations from various employers from different career paths – medicine, commerce, education etc.
  • To help in Year 9 to make their choices for Key Stage 4
  • Provide subject talks from teachers and Key Stage 4 pupils
  • Community Experience for Year 9
  • Record their progress and achievements by 14 and at 16
  • Identify broad learning and career goals for 14 to 19 years old
  • A study skills day for Year 10
  • Work experience for Year 10
  • Gaining a practical element by taking part in taster sessions and visiting Career shows
  • Revision timetable are provided for Year 11
  • Record their progress and achievements by 14 and at 16
  • To be helped in Year 11 to make choices for POST 16 courses
  • Be offered guidance, not only on the choices that best meet their particular aspirations, interests and talents but also on the subsequent progression routes the can follow

The following information is the scheme of work each year group will cover over their five years at Park School for Girls.

The programme is delivered through PSHEC lessons and at times the suspension of the timetable for a day or half day.

Year 7

The pupils will be engaged by researching and having an understanding of the importance of the employability/ key and personal life skills that will help them with their future career paths. They will learn the importance of each skill and how they can develop it, in and out of school by being active within the curriculum and their personal life.

In small groups, they will produce and present their career choices to their class. Talking about the qualifications that will be required and the skills and attributes they will need to achieve the career and take on that role.

The girls will also complete a topic on learning about finance – Money Matters and play the Real Game.

Year 8

In year 8, the pupils will recap employability/ key and personal life skills, through a basic task and then discover more about what sort of person they are by completing activities, which involve them thinking more about what they need and want for their future.
They will then learn about the types of learners they are, which will enable them to have an understanding of how they learn and what ways will help them decide their future decisions in life for example choosing their GCSES’s.

The pupils will also learn about the different work sectors that they can work for – public, private and voluntary. They will research one particular job they are interested in and find out what it would be like working that career in each sector – (benefits, salary, hours, work load etc.)

The girls will play Career Detectives game.

Year 9

In Year 9, the pupils will carry out tasks that will help them make choices in life, especially in relation to choosing their GCSEs. They will complete various worksheets and research websites to help advise them when choosing their GCSE’s. The pupils will also be given an Options booklet to tell them exactly what is involved in each GCSE and take part in an Options Convention involving all the subject teachers and then an evening for parents and pupils will be arranged to explain everything and have any questions answered.

The topic will be carried out in the spring term to help them choose their GCSE options for Year 10. However at the start of the year, they will complete a careers record sheet to recognise what they have completed and achieved in their first two years in senior school, also make them aware of references that will be used for POST 16 courses and complete a booklet that will give them a guideline of how they want to succeed in life.

As part of the careers programme they will also participate in ‘Community Placement’ which will take place in the school. Pupils will work with certain classes and departments for a day learning what involved in teaching but also developing and learning new skills and attributes.

They will also recap the important skills they learned in Years 7 and 8, which will demonstrate how versatile they have become and will continue to as they progress through the school. In the summer term they will complete an, ‘Apprentice project’ that will involve them using the various employability/ key skills. They will have to produce a make -believe application for a mobile phone that involves researching, marketing, finance, team working etc. and then complete a power point presentation, which will involve them speaking to the whole school.

Year 10 and Year 11

The students follow a two year programme to help them with their future career path.

The students will begin by researching specific career choices to help then choose the right course for them. The tasks involved, will mean the pupils exploring and gaining information on various courses available to them – A Levels, Apprenticeships and Vocational courses such as BTEC courses that they can do once completed their GCSE’s.

They will also have information on what happens if they don’t achieve what they want – they will create a contingency plan as well. The pupils will research various establishments that will suit them personally, complete application forms, personal statements and interview techniques. The aim is for them to choose the ideal establishment that will help them achieve their future goals. This will continue in year 11, where they can attend various Open Days and Evenings.

In the autumn of Year 10 students are also prepared for a week of work experience which they carry out in the spring term. Work experience gives the students an insight into what working life is about and for some of them an idea of what they may like to do in the future.

In year 11 they will be given a POST 16 booklet of information on various schools, forms to complete to help us with references and application forms that past pupils have attended to give them an idea of what to expect when applying for a POST 16 courses. Various schools and colleges will come in to give talks to the girls.

In year 11 they will also gain information on applying for part or full time work. The process that will be involved in this allows the students to create CV’s, look at job descriptions, write letters, complete applications forms and interviews techniques.

During these two years the pupils will gain some insight to what careers path they would like to consider through various taster sessions, trips and visitors. This will give them the opportunity to gain a more hands on experience and develop a greater degree of self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses allowing them to make informed decisions about their future path post 16.

In both years, we deliver workshops to help towards revision, exam stress and general growth mind-set.


CAREERS ADVICE

There are lots of different places you can look for further information about possible career options….

  • All About Careers
    Take a careers test and explore different types of careers
  • How2become
    Information on different careers
  • National Careers Service
    Useful information about career types, skills and CV writing.
  • icould 
    Lots of videos for inspiration of people talking about their jobs.
    icloud / Information for parents
  • Careers Box
    Exploring and listening to information about potential careers
  • Go Think Big
    Exploring careers, and advice on getting work experience
  • Bright Knowledge
    Careers and education life.
  • All About Careers
    Take a test and explore different types of careers
  • Student Ladder
    Information and advice on careers starting from school
  • Talking Jobs
    Interviews and videos on working in a variety of careers
  • Prospects
    Careers advice and job sectors
  • Careers Gateway
    Information about careers and higher education

Year 9 websites choosing GCSE’S

Year 11 websites for choosing A Levels:

  • UCAS
  • Provides information on further and higher education and is the direct route for applying to university and college. It also provide lots of information on courses and careers.
  • National Career Service
    Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work
  • All about School Leavers: What you can you with A Levels
    Information on what opportunities you have after doing A Levels
  • Studential: How to choose A Levels
    Information and advice on choosing your A Level subjects

Study Skills