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Careers

Head of Department

  • Mrs C. Moore 

BEd(Hons 2:1), PGDip Marketing (UU), PGC Careers Education and Guidance (UU), MRS, PQH(NI)

Subject Teachers

  • Mrs A. Kerrigan

BA(Hons), PGCE

Careers Newsletters

Introduction and ethos

Careers Education and Guidance is to encourage each individual to grow and develop their understanding of themselves and to be realistic about their own personal strengths and weaknesses, which should enable them to develop a positive self-image.  We seek to assist pupils to acquire the skills and knowledge which are needed to make the transition from school to post school.

It is our expectation that all pupils/students should leave the school with the necessary skills needed to be a valued member of society and part of employment. The provision of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is an essential part of the preparation of all pupils/students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It should help them to be more self-aware, to be informed of their own continuing education and training and about possible career paths. It displays commitment to working towards national targets in Lifelong Learning. It should enable them to manage transition to new roles and situations throughout their life and help them to achieve their aspirations.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 8

Year 8 will complete a module on employability within their allocation for LLW.

Young Enterprise “My School My Business” programme is held in early September and is a core element of careers at year 8.

Subject departments also make a contribution through the cross-curricular element in the employability strand and their requirement to fulfil objective 3 of the subject entitlement.  An audit has been carried out.

Year 9

The provision of a 4 period module on Employability within the LLW allocation.

An employability impact day devised by the school and incorporating the new YE Nine programme from Young Enterprise.

Taste and See Experiences of vocational activities.

Subject departments also make a contribution through the cross-curricular element in the employability strand and their requirement to fulfil objective 3 of the subject entitlement. 

Year 10

Year 10 has a 20 period module within the LLW programme. There is a planned programme of learning outcomes based on the D.O.T.S framework to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Lifting the Lid Off the World of Work Impact Day organised by Young Enterprise (4 periods) and a 4 period block of activities related to GCSE choices and progression planning.

Subject departments also make a contribution through the cross-curricular element in the employability strand and their requirement to fulfil objective 3 of the subject entitlement. 

Key Stage 4 Overview

An audit was carried out on KS4 provision in 2007/08 and new activities were added to meet the statutory requirements of Education for Employability (LLW).

Year 11

The provision of a 4 period module on employability within the PSHE allocation.

Dec. Day – 3X3 periods with activities on “ Globalisation and Working Futures, “Your future – it’s in your hands and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Feb. Day The Young Enterprise Programme – “Learn to Earn” and 4 periods looking at workplace Dilemmas, the law related to employing the young and work/life balance.

June Day  Various interest and personality tests (Careers Officer),  career research using ICT, recruitment and retention and social responsibility of business in the community.

Year 12

The provision of a 10 period module of Careers Management and Life after GCSE incorporating interpretation of interest and personality questionnaires, options at 16+, career research, workplace motivation, changing economic trends and curriculum vitae.

Key Stage 5 Overview

Year 13 and 14

A tutorial system is operated in year 13 + 14.  The tutors are provided with lessons and resources which are mostly related to Learning Guidance.  A new programme was developed for Year 13 for first teaching in September 2009.  Visits and talks are organised.

Careers Pathways

Years 8 – 14 are shown how to access information from some or all of the following sources: the Careers Library, Main Library, computer programmes and the internet.  The staff seek to ensure that the information available on training employment, further and higher education etc is up to date, comprehensive and appropriate for the range of pupils in the school.  Visits and Talks are organised. The Careers Library is physically accessible and available at virtually all times to meet pupil needs. 

Useful links

Click on one of the following links below to access useful information and websites for Year 12 / Sixth form pupils:

Year 12 useful links / info

Sixth Form useful links / info