Careers Programme – Delivery

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Delivery of Careers Programme

Delivery of the taught careers programme is supported by external speakers and wider opportunities are offered as part of co-curriculum.  A variety of activities are designed to introduce students to the concepts of employment, higher education, careers and career paths/portfolios.  We provide information about the wide range of potential pathways open to students as they progress on from school and the information, advice and guidance that is available to them at CCHSG to help them decide between, and access, these opportunities.

 Year 7
  • Starting the journey
  • Investigating resources and employability skills
Year 8
  • The Real Game
  • Post 16 options
  • GCSE options
Year 9
  • Careers week
  • Employability skills
  • The Cereal Box Challenge
  • Enterprise Day
Year 10
  • Interviews for employment, testimonials, professional correspondence
  • CV Writing
  • Enterprise Day
  • Apprenticeships
  • Building a portfolio volunteering
  • Post-16 opportunities
  • Getting a Saturday/Evening/Vacation job
  • Child Labour and the Law
  • Opportunity to participate in the DofE Award at Bronze Level
Year 11
  • Options Post 16
  • How to choose A level subjects
  • Introduction to Russell Group
  • Oxbridge application process
  • Advice on searching for a job
  • Advice on taking a Gap Year
  • Volunteering
  • National Citizen Service
  • Possible activities over the summer holidays
  • DofE Silver Award is available to Year 11 students
Year 12
  • Gap year opportunities
  • Applying to University
  • Apprenticeships
  • CV writing
  • Taking a Gap Year
  • National Citizen Service
  • Applying to Higher Education
  • Oxbridge discussions with Heads of Department
  • UCAS registration, volunteering, writing Personal Statements and review a of Personal Statements with subject specialists
  • Forward Thinking Day – a day off timetable which includes external speakers from Higher Education and employers
  • Students are encouraged to attend open days, take part in masterclasses and summer schools 
  • Students have an opportunity to take part in the Young Enterprise programme 
  • Students are encouraged to undertake work experience in order to support Post-18 progression
  • DofE Gold Award is available to Year 12 students
Year 13
  • Applying to university
  • Admissions Test support
  • Mock interviews
  • Oxbridge support
  • Applying for employment
  • Guest speakers: Admissions tutors from Oxbridge, The UCAS Process, Personal Statement Refinement, Student Finance, The World of Work, Apprenticeship Schemes, GAP and general Q&A regarding futures

Additional support is provided on an individual basis, by our independent Careers Advisor, subject teachers and Pastoral Team.  The Pandemic did not deter CCHSG from providing our students with the best possible opportunities to ensure their Post-16/18 goals. 

In addition to the above this is how we met the Gatsby Benchmarks in 2020-2021

Careers Education (Gatsby Benchmarks)

2020 – 2021

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:
1. A stable careers programme 5. Encounters with employers and employees
2. Learning from career and labour market information 6. Experiences of workplaces
3. Addressing the needs of each student 7. Encounters with further and higher education
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 8. Personal guidance
CCHSG
Autumn Term

1.       A stable careers programme

  • Programme planned for all Year Groups for 2020-2021 and resources in place

2.       Learning from career and labour market information

  • Weekly bulletin disseminated to students and parents – including links and information about virtual events

3.       Addressing the needs of each student

  • Aspects of the career programme cover a wide range of careers information and advice, in addition there is a weekly opportunity to discuss ideas and plans with our Impartial Careers Adviser; Julie Kee
  • University preparation including advice on guidance for university admission tests
  • Forward Thinking Day preparation

4.       Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening – post 18 options directly linked with subjects
  •  The ‘learning journey’ is discussed with students which prepares them for their journey post-18

5.       Encounters with employers and employees

  • Julie Kee is working with the links that we have to employers and higher education, in preparation for a Careers Fair
  • Encounters with employers are facilitated through the links to events and opportunities which are shared in the Weekly Student Bulletin

6.       Experiences of workplaces

  • The Aim Group – delivered a presentation outlining ‘real life’ workplace expectations and experiences –  Year 11-10
  • A fire safety talk for Year 8 students gives an insight into careers in the emergency services
  • Guest Author visit
  • Young Enterprise Scheme
  • Some Sixth Formers have jobs outside school

7.       Encounters with further and higher education

  • UCAS programme, support and guidance given.
  • Virtual Tours and Open Days for universities are promoted
  • Online lectures/events from universities used to extend learning at Sixth Form
  • Julie Kee delivered a virtual presentation on apprenticeships (gap years & internships also mentioned)
  • CPD undertaken to keep up to date with changes to university interviews. Information to be shared with all staff conducting Mock Interviews for Year 13

8.       Personal guidance

  • PSHCE lessons delivered every week includes personal guidance
  • Careers guidance from a specialist, as well as teachers, Form Tutors and Pastoral Assistants
Spring Term

1.  A stable careers programme

  • Programme planned for all year groups for 2020-2021 and resources in place with adaptions made for lockdown delivery

2.  Learning from career and labour market information

  • Weekly bulletin disseminated to students and parents – has links and information about virtual events
  • Careers library in place awaiting student return

3.  Addressing the needs of each student

  • Aspects of the career programme cover a wide range of careers information and advice, in addition there is a weekly opportunity to discuss ideas and plans with our Impartial Careers Adviser; Julie Kee by phone during lockdown
  • University preparation and support in meeting national deadlines
  • Forward Thinking Day preparation is underway for Sept 2021

4.  Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • The ‘learning journey’ is discussed with students in lessons which prepares them for their journey post-18
  • Chemistry; Research Career Pathways from Chemistry A-level
  • History; making preparation to offer Research Career Pathways information
  • Economics; ex-student hosting a talk on her role at KPMG and studying Economics at University 
  • The Real Game Activities for Year 8

5.  Encounters with employers and employees

  • Julie Kee provides students with links to a wide range of career opportunities 
  • Encounters with employers are facilitated through the links to events and opportunities which are shared in the Weekly Student Bulletin
  • Preparations for LinkedIn page for CCHSG students
  • Kudos platform (talk) given to Year 12 and Year 8 to navigate potential Post-18 options and requirements
  • Lockdown Festival 1-5 Feb; webinars shared with Sixth Form

6.  Experiences of workplaces

  • The Aim Group – delivered a presentation outlining ‘real life’ workplace expectations and experiences to Year 12 and Year 13
  • Young Enterprise
  • Some Sixth Formers have jobs outside of school
  • Virtual Work Experience
  • The future of the workplace – talk

7.  Encounters with further and higher education

  • UCAS programme, support and guidance given
  • Virtual Tours and Open Days at universities are promoted
  • Online lectures/events from universities used to extend learning at Sixth Form
  • Julie Kee delivered a virtual presentation on university offers and Employment Applications
  • Julie Kee delivered a virtual presentation on How to write a CV and successful interview techniques

8.  Personal guidance

  • PSHCE lessons delivered every week bespoke to remote learning from home
  • Careers guidance from a specialist, as well as teachers, Form Tutors and Pastoral Assistants

 

Summer Term

1.  A stable careers programme

  • Programme planned for all year groups for 2020-2021 and resources in place resumed after lockdown

2.  Learning from career and labour market information

  • Weekly bulletin disseminated to students and parents – has links and information about virtual events
  • Student and parent engagement with the bulletin eg asking for references/funding guidance to participate in the events
  • Careers library in place and being utilised by students

3.  Addressing the needs of each student

  • Aspects of the career programme cover a multitude of careers information and advice, in addition there is a weekly opportunity to discuss ideas and plans with our Impartial Careers Adviser; Julie Kee by phone continues after lockdown
  • University preparation starting formal UCAS processes with Year 12 Cohort
  • Higher Education Evening planned ready for delivery to support needs of students and  parents
  • Forward Thinking Day preparation continues for Sept 2021

4.  Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • The ‘learning journey’ is discussed with students in lessons which prepares them for their journey post-18
  • Chemistry; Research Career Pathways from Chemistry A level
  • Economics; ex-student hosting a talk on her role at KPMG and studying Economics at university 
  • The Real Game Activities for Year 8
  • Year 9 Careers Week will provide an opportunity for all staff to collaborate to show students the career choices are available through their subject,  generating a real focus on the breadth of careers available to students

5.  Encounters with employers and employees

  • Julie Kee provides students with links to a wide range of career opportunities 
  • Encounters with employers are facilitated through the links to events and opportunities which are shared in the Weekly Student Bulletin
  • LinkedIn page set up for CCHSG students. Student survey asking for what they would like to see on the page
  • Kudos platform (talk) given to Year 12 and Year 8 to navigate potential Post-18 options and requirements continues to be accessed
  • University of Sussex Economics Professor gave a talk on International Relations
  • Law Society has a Human Rights Lawyer presentation
  • Year 10 Genomics Future Student Symposium
  • Year 9 Careers Week, 5 guest speakers planned to present every day for the week to expose students to a variety of careers and expertise
  • As part of the Year 9 Matrix OTT day, we have a talk organised from a female programmer. She will be talking to the students about her experiences, how to make a career in the CS industry and study / career paths available to girls

6.  Experiences of workplaces

  • The Aim Group – delivered a presentation outlining ‘real life’ workplace expectations and experiences to Year 12 and Year 13
  • Year 9 Enterprise Day preparations finalised and ready to be delivered
  • Some Sixth Formers have jobs outside school
  • 59 Sixth Formers responded with information relating to volunteering or working. Examples include; gymnastics and swimming coaching, retail, charity work with Oxfam and care home, Scout leaders and St John’s ambulance

7.  Encounters with further and higher education

  • UCAS programme, support and guidance given
  • Virtual Tours of Open Days of universities continue to be promoted
  • Online lectures/events from universities used to extend learning at Sixth Form
  • UCAS Programme underway
  • Apprenticeship and Career Advice compliments the UCAS process

8.  Personal guidance

  • PSHCE lessons delivered every week bespoke to the Sixth Formers needs
  • Careers guidance from a specialist, as well as teachers, form tutors and pastoral assistants