The Careers Curriculum does not describe a subject or study in its own right but relates to a range of work related elements of the KLB school curriculum. The Careers Learning elements include:
- Careers Education and Guidance
- Work Experience
- National Curriculum Subjects
- Personal and Social Education
- Vocational Education
- Careers Conventions
- Skills Festivals
A small number of lessons are taught as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education programme. In Years 10 and 11 the lessons are based around the u-explore website.
All students from Years 8 – 13 have a statutory right to independent careers advice. The school uses the services of a professional careers advisor from an external organisation and students can access this service by speaking to the Head of Careers. At certain times of year the focus is on Year 11 students who may need support with post 16 options. If parents would like further information about the service, please contact the Head of Careers at email@example.com
All students in Years 9 – 13 and their parents/carers are invited to the school’s annual Careers Convention held towards the end of September. The school aims to include as wide a range of local employers as possible as well as further and higher education providers.
Year 9 Career Investigation
During Terms 1 and 2 students use an on-line tool prior to making option choices for Year 10. This helps to identify the types of career they may be interested in and may influence their choice of courses to study in Years 10 and 11.
Year 10 Work Experience
All Year 10 students are expected to find a work experience placement during the school’s block work experience week which is usually the penultimate week of Term 6. If you or your child needs help to finding a suitable placement please contact Helen Isaacs for further information, either by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a parent who is able to offer a work experience placement to a Year 10 student, please contact Philip Ashford, Head of Careers, at email@example.com.
Year 11 Mock Interviews
In November of Year 11, students who are not likely to attend KLB Sixth Form are given the opportunity to attend a mock interview conducted by Cotswold Tyndale Rotary Club. This provides valuable interview experience and feedback to those students who will be applying for a college course, apprenticeship or job.
The independent careers advisor can offer help to students looking for an apprenticeship. If you would like your son/daughter to receive advice about apprenticeships, please contact Philip Ashford, Head of Careers, at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a growing number of apprenticeship opportunities available locally and the school emails Year 11 parents on a regular basis to keep you informed of new opportunities as they arise. Students should also check the national apprenticeship website on a regular basis: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
Other Careers Events
The careers department arranges more occasional one-off events including:
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities with the support of STEM representatives from local businesses. Activities have included ‘speed-dating’ (for Year 11 students who may wish to study STEM subjects at A level and beyond), engagement in local design and engineering competitions and visits to local engineering companies.
- Visits to careers shows for Year 10 students who may be interested in vocational courses and apprenticeships
- Whole group talks by representatives of large employers.
In September and early October, Year 12 students are given information on employability and how to build up experience to write in CVs. Furthermore, during tutor time, they have access to www.careersbox.co.uk which gives detailed film information about careers after further education and careers in major companies.