Careers Education at Notley High School
Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) is a very important part of the curriculum for our students. CEIAG is an integral part of the way we support students to make positive life choices and develop their aspirations.
Students, therefore, access CEIAG throughout their time at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form so they begin to understand the world of work and its changing career opportunities, and to see the relevance of school to their future lives.
Students will have the opportunity to have at least one dedicated meeting with an independent and Impartial careers adviser. Meetings can be arranged primarily through tutors or Heads of House. Parents/carers are welcome to attend these meetings. Following a meeting, students will receive a copy of the notes made, including an action plan and details of where further information can be found.
The adviser also attends events such as the school’s parents’/carers’ information evenings, options evening, Braintree Sixth Form open evening, and GCSE Results Day, enabling parents/carers to access information. Careers education, information and guidance is provided through our PDT curriculum, excursions and visits, and additional support from advisers and tutors.
The school also organises external agencies and speakers to deliver assemblies and give advice where relevant.
During Year 7, students begin to discuss their hopes and dreams for the future, focusing on how their current likes and dislikes could lead into a future job pathway.
Students begin to challenge stereotypical thinking towards career choices, enabling them to make informed choices from the very beginning of their careers education.
There is also a focus on the skills and qualities of good employees, aiming to encourage our students to demonstrate these behaviours throughout their school lives.
In the Summer term, students will also be given a username and password for Kudos (https://www.cascaid.co.uk/login/) allowing them access to up-to-date, impartial careers information, based on interests and aspirations. Kudos is the leading producer of careers information and guidance solutions with over 45 years’ experience of inspiring people with their career options.
During Year 8, students look at employability skills, qualities and values; they identify the key skills needed in different career paths, while also focusing on their own personal skills and attributes. An emphasis is placed on communication skills in a range of mediums, including verbally and over email.
During the Summer term, all of Year 8 take part in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ Enterprise Challenge in their PDT lessons; a seven week project in which they work in groups to create a business. During this project, students will design a product, build a prototype and create an advertisement; concluding with a short presentation to promote their inventions. This project is designed to encourage teamwork and communication skills, and to develop resilience.
During this year, students choose their GCSE options. During lesson time, teachers tell students about the subjects on offer, and what they will cover. There is also an options assembly for Year 9 students, as well as an options evening for students and parents/carers to find out more about each GCSE option, speaking directly to teaching staff and current students.
During the Spring term, Year 9 students are able to arrange a 1-1 meeting with the school’s independent careers adviser, through speaking to their tutor or Head of House. The adviser will also be in attendance at the options evening, offering advice and support to both students and parents/carers.
In the Spring term, students will also be given a username and password for Kudos (https://www.cascaid .co .uk/login/) allowing them access to up-to-date, impartial careers information, based on interests and aspirations. Kudos is the leading producer of careers information and guidance solutions with over 45 years’ experience of inspiring people with their career options.
As Year 10 students begin their GSCE options, they will spend some time considering how these will guide them towards their future careers choices. Students will spend time updating their Kudos profile (https://www.cascaid .co.uk/login/), allowing them access to personalised advice.
All students attend an apprenticeship fair, organised by the Braintree Learning Partnership jointly with other local secondary schools, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the range of apprenticeships on offer including higher and degree level apprenticeships.
Year 10 students will also prepare themselves for the world of work through creating a CV, personal statement and a letter of application and knowing the features of successful applications. This allows students to recognise their current achievements, as well as identify any gaps in their current skills and attributes.
In Year 11, students begin to prepare for their onward education. All students attend a careers fair, organised by the Braintree Learning Partnership jointly with other local secondary schools. This is a major careers information event, and offers students and parents/carers the opportunity to discuss progression and career opportunities with a very wide range of universities and colleges, apprenticeship and training providers, and local, regional and national employers.
During PDT lessons, students will be given information on possible next steps they can take as they move into the next stage of education or training. In the Autumn term, students will be taken through the application processes for sixth forms, further education college, apprenticeships and traineeships. Students will also examine and practise interview techniques which will prepare them when applying for both further education and employment. Students are encouraged to attend taster days and open evenings of providers.
Students will also ensure they are ready for the world of work by updating their CV, personal statement and letter of application; these form part of their Record of Achievement at the end of the year.
As part of our evaluation process to measure the success of our careers programme, the school tracks the destinations of students following Year 11. During KS4, all students complete the intended destinations form, and applications to sixth forms, further education college, apprenticeships and traineeships are monitored.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
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Careerscape supports young people with an inspiring online careers resource that is ideal for careers research and complements the use of Kudos. It offers further in-depth information on careers such as real-life case studies, video footage of people at work, photographs and sound clips. As well as providing careers information, Careerscape helps users with the surrounding issues that affect career choice such as education/training options, employment issues, subjects, higher education courses and lifestyle issues. https://careerscape.cascaid.co.uk/#/login
This site offers guidance on different types of apprenticeship and how to apply for them. It also includes an Apprenticeship Vacancies section http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
UCAS provides application services across a range of subject areas and modes of study for UK higher education providers. http://www.ucas.com/
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