Careers Programme

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The aims of the Careers programme are to:

   > Create a positive climate of caring, support and guidance

   > Raise aspirations, foster self-esteem and motivate students to achieve their full potential

   > Promote equality, diversity, social mobility and challenge stereotypes

   > Provide comprehensive, fully up-to-date information to alert students to the
      wide range of future opportunities open to them, and to support students in
      their thinking and decision-making

   > Empower students to plan, access and manage their career choices and
      transitions

   > Promote understanding of key employability skills to achieve personal economic
      stability and wellbeing

Organisation of the Careers Department

The Careers Programme is delivered by Form Tutors and our impartial Careers Adviser
through PSHCE lessons and in Form Groups for a single period a week. The Careers Library
is open at lunchtimes to provide information, resources and guidance. There are also
lunchtime drop-in clinics with our Careers Adviser. The Careers Leader is Mrs Mandal and
the Vice Principal line manages Careers.

Curriculum at all Key Stages

PSHCE includes economic wellbeing, citizenship, and develops enterprise
and entrepreneurship.  Students are actively involved in charity
fundraising.  Extracurricular clubs and trips support students in
developing their understanding of subjects.  A central database of
volunteering opportunities is updated and opportunities are shared within the
Careers programme and additional support is provided on an individual
basis.  Students are encouraged to participate in activities as part of
the National Citizen Service and DofE.

Year 7-9

A variety of activities designed to introduce students to: the concepts
of employment, higher education, careers and career paths/portfolios, the wide
range of future potential pathways open to them 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 10

Writing a CV, employment interviews, testimonials, professional
correspondence, volunteering, Post-16 opportunities, getting a
Saturday/Evening/Vacation job and Child Labour and the Law.

A large number of students in Year 10 take part in the DofE Award at
Bronze Level.

Year 11

More detail regarding options Post-16, how to choose A Level subjects,
introduction to the Oxbridge application process, student finance, advice on
searching for a job, testimonials, taking a Gap Year, volunteering, National
Citizen Service and possible activities over the summer holidays. DofE Silver
Award is available to Y11 students.

Year 12

Apprenticeships, 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
employment.  Students are encouraged to visit 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 Y12 students

Year 13

The Student Finance Tour, mock interviews, applying for employment or apprenticeships
(writing a CV, online applications and interviews), volunteering, advice on
university offers.

In addition, we employ an impartial Careers Adviser, Mrs Kee, who
visits the school every week to offer individual and small group counselling sessions
to our students.

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