Careers and Guidance

CAREERS EDUCATION INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

Whole School Vision

“Encouraging personal aspirations to reach successful destinations.”

5 Aims

  1. Nurturing meaningful connections with the wider community
  2. Developing skills that current and future labour markets demand
  3. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  4. Inspiring students on the range of opportunities
  5. Supporting individuals to make successful transitions at Post-16 and 18.

At Shenley Brook End School, we aim to prepare our pupils to become work ready in order to enable them to be successful and independent upon leaving education. Our careers and work-related learning programme is a crucial element within this process, giving access to careers education activities, opportunities to find out about the local and national labour market, regular employer engagement within the curriculum, as well the opportunity to access 1-to-1 guidance from a Level 6 qualified careers adviser.

Our programme (as seen below) gives students:

  • The opportunity to take an active part in their career learning at multiple stages of their education
  • Access to useful information through local and national employers and the ability to network with prospective employers to improve future career prospects
  • An understanding of how their subjects at school link with the world of work and the importance of both employability skills and qualifications when entering the work force
  •  A system for recording and reflecting on the activities they contributed to (to be introduced in September 2018)

Careers Programme by Year Group

Year 7 – Gather Information

  • Careers Talks through life skills lessons

Year 8 – GCSE options in relation to their careers sector

  • Worktree
  • YE (Learn2Earn)
  • Parents Evening Advice
  • Life Skills Lessons – Labour Market
  • Life Skills Lessons – Career opportunities, skills and tasks

Year 9 – Employer Engagement

  • Employer Engagement in the following subjects:
  • Life Skills
  • Psychology
  • Media
  • Art
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Business

Year 10 – Work Experience

  • 2-week Work Experience placement
  • Speed Interviewing
  • University Visits
  • Extended Work Experience – selected students only
  • Networking Breakfasts

Year 11 – Making informed decisions

  • 1-to-1 guidance for all year 11 students
  • Progression Interviews with employers regarding post-16 options and exam support
  • Labour Market Session in Life Skills
  • CV writing in Life Skills
  • Networking Breakfasts
  • Extended Work Experience – selected students only

Year 12 – Preparing for Post-18 (Skills, Knowledge and Experience)

  • Networking Breakfasts
  • 1-to-1 guidance offered on a referral basis – self, parent, staff
  • Work Experience
  • University talks within school

Year 13 - Preparing for Post-18 (Making and actioning decisions)

  • UCAS Fair/ What Uni? and What Career? Fair
  • Networking Breakfasts
  • 1-to-1 guidance offered on a referral basis – self, parent, staff 

Strategic overview

The provision we offer as stated above is aimed at ensure students develop the necessary knowledge and skills at the appropriate ages and key stages:

By the end of Key Stage 3 all students will have:

  • A better understanding of the full range of 14-19 opportunities for progression and the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their GCSE options
  • A better understanding of their strengths and areas for development, and support to understand how these might impact on the career sectors they choose to aspire to.
  • An understanding of the attitudes and skills needed for employability in general.
  • Used online careers resources to research information regarding career opportunities and the local labour market.

By the end of Key Stage 4 all students will have:

  • Developed employability skills and a better understanding of working policies and procedures through completing the work experience programme.
  • Developed confidence in speaking with prospective employers and have a better understanding of how to conduct themselves in interview situations
  • An understanding of the potential routes available to them post-16 and support in helping them to make choices and applications regarding their next steps.
  • Been provided with the resources to develop their CVs to help assist with part-time employment and apprenticeship applications

By the end of Key Stage 5 all students will have:

  • Grown their career management and employability skills through enrichment, work experience and work shadowing opportunities.
  • Used ICT software and other sources to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes including full-time work, higher apprenticeships and university
  • Received guidance through the UCAS application procedure.
  • Been given direct access to employers and universities.
  • Been given guidance to help identify a range of Post-18 options.

Staff Development, Funding and Resources

Funding is accessed from through whole school curriculum and Pupil Premium budgets held by the assistant and deputy headteacher. We use multiple web based platforms such as Unifrog to ensure that students have access to career explorations and also work with providers to ensure employer engagement and work experience. The CEIAG Co-ordinator regularly attends careers meetings, networking events and contributes to regional and national discussions in order to ensure they are up to date with all industry and labour market information.

Quality, monitoring and evaluation

The overall careers programme is monitored, reviewed and evaluated every year and is reported to the board of governors for discussion through our CEIAG coordinator and link governor at the school.

Activities that form part of the CEIAG programme are evaluated by employers, students and staff and information is used to inform planning for the next year. Evaluation focuses on how effective the event/activity has been in helping students to achieve the intended learning outcomes.

Our annual report for CEIAG draws information from a number of sources including:

  • Student and employer feedback forms
  • Feedback from staff and parents from yearly surveys 
  • Evaluation of activities as and when they happen
  • Information on intended destinations for year 11, 12 and 13 learners
  • NEET and destination data

Careers Guidance

Miss Pearson is responsible for independent Careers Advice and Guidance at Shenley Brook End School and is based in the Careers Office opposite Art 1.

Any student in years 7 to 13, can arrange an appointment with Miss Pearson by speaking with their form tutor, head of year or arranging an appointment directly in form time, break time, lunch or afterschool.

Appointments can cover a range of topics, such as:

  • Career exploration
  • Information about a particular career/industry
  • Post-16 options (e.g. college, apprenticeships, sixth form)
  • Post-18 options (e.g. university, A-Level leaver schemes, employment)
  • Job application support
  • Apprenticeships
  • Alternative routes in to careers
  • CV writing
  • Mock interviews
  • Planning the next steps

All advice and guidance provided is personalised to the student, impartial and detailed. At the end of a careers appointment students can expect to go away with a detailed action plan in order to help them follow through in researching, planning and taking action in order to progress.

Careers Lead

The careers lead at Shenley Brook End School is Chris Holmwood who can be contacted via enquiries@sbeschool.org.uk