We encourage our students to start thinking about their future careers and employment from an early stage. There is a whole programme of activities organised to open the students’ minds to ideas about their future, while also raising aspirations.
Introduction and Rationale
For a detailed breakdown of the Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) policy at KLB School, please see the CEIAG policy in the Policies (General) section of the school website. This policy was updated and approved by the Governors in September 2018 and is due for a further review in the autumn of 2020.
Careers education helps young people to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills that they need to make well-informed, carefully considered choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work and to help them manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives.
Careers education also draws on and contributes to the whole school curricular development of students’ employability skills as defined by the CBI, which are listed below;
- Team working
- Business and customer awareness
- Problem solving
- Communication and literacy
- Application of numeracy
- Application of information technology
Careers Programme Y7-Y11
The careers programme, therefore, 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 and the principles of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges, namely;
– A stable careers programme
– Learning from career & labour market information
– Addressing the needs of each student.
– Linking curriculum learning to careers
– Encounters with employers & employees
– Experiences of workplaces
– Encounters with further and higher education
– Personal guidance.
(See Appendix one of the CEIAG policy for a fuller explanation of these benchmarks.)
The elements of the KLB careers programme include:
• Careers Education and Guidance
• Work Experience
• National Curriculum Subjects
• Personal and Social Education including tutor time and assemblies
• Vocational Education
• An annual Careers Convention (Not in 2020 though due to Coronavirus)
• Skills Festivals
• Input from our Enterprise Adviser.
Delivery of the careers programme, therefore, is not just through the PSHE and Health Wellbeing & Citizenship (HWC) programmes, but also through assemblies, tutor time, visitors / employer-led workshops e.g. STEM events, the wider curriculum, especially at KS3 & KS4, the use of Fast Tomato and Career Pilot as well as Work Experience.
The school also employs an independent, impartial Careers Adviser (Prospects) who is usually in school at least four or five days a month. The adviser has a Level 6 qualification in careers advice.
Careers programme 2020/2021
|7||What is Careers Education? Why is it important?
A first look at career planning and transition stages.
Introduction to Career Pilot Career Pilot
|8||Pupils will have begun to consider the world of work
They will have questioned the perception that different jobs have in UK society & look at job families / job categories
They will have discussed what is important in a job e.g. money or success or morals
Influences on decisions
Further work with Career Pilot
|9||Understanding KS 4 options & making informed choices.
To become familiar with likes / aptitudes, career paths & the links between them.
The importance of qualifications and developing employability skills.
Fast Tomato https://www.fasttomato.com/tour/
Further work with Carer pilot
To consider the why & what of Work Experience
To help pupils understand reliable and unreliable ways of making decisions over careers
To help pupils understand some of the reasons for work and whether the reasons for choosing a job are good or bad. (Examine subjectivity)
Interview skills & mock interviews
Evaluation of work experience.
Further work with Career Pilot and Fast Tomato
|11||Interview skills & mock interviews
To consider the range of post 16 options, including apprenticeships and college. i.e. not just KLB
Apprenticeship talk & National Apprenticeship Show
Presentations/ assemblies from College providers
Assistance with application forms & CV’s.
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 Careers Leader. At certain times of the 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 Careers Leader 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. Unfortunately due to the social distancing regulations currently in place, it is not feasible to run this event in 2020.
Year 9 Career Investigation
Prior to making option choices for Year 10, students use an online tool www.fasttomato.com 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 in 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 Simon Pegg, Careers Leader, at email@example.com.
Year 10/11 Mock Interviews
Usually, in the summer of Year 10, all our students attend a mock interview conducted by Cotswold Tyndale Rotary Club. In 2020 due to the Co-vid 19 crisis, this sadly had to be cancelled.
This year we hope to run a “Catch up” session for Y11 before Christmas and then run the normal session for Y10 in the summer of 2021 as these interviews provide a valuable interview experience and feedback to those students who will be applying for a college course, apprenticeship or Sixth Form.
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 Simon Pegg, Careers Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school will also post vacancies for local jobs and apprenticeships that we are advised about on the Careers News page of the website. Students should also check the national apprenticeship website on a regular basis: https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships
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 students who may be interested in vocational courses and apprenticeships.
• Whole group talks by business representatives and apprenticeships.
The school will endeavour to publish information on the Careers News page of the website regarding the local apprenticeships & job vacancies we are informed about as well as any other information of interest received from businesses, FE & HE providers. Information of a careers related nature will also be emailed home regularly to parents/carers of Y10/Y11.
Measuring and assessing the impact of the careers programme.
The quality of careers education shall be evaluated by;
• the analysis of the destinations of students after they have left the school and, where available, information about their progress in further or higher education, training and employment.
• through surveys of students in the school and also through exit surveys towards the end of Year 11 and Year 13.
• feedback from students who have used the services of the independent Prospects adviser
• feedback from employers.
• feedback from parents.
• reporting to SLT and the governors annually using the Compass self-evaluation tool or equivalent.