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Careers

Careers 

We combine our students’ formal education with personalised, independent and informed careers guidance. This provides our boys with the knowledge and understanding of what they need to do to meet their future career goals, as well as giving them the tools to build their career pathways.

At Bullers Wood School for Boys we use the Start online programme https://www.startprofile.com/ .

These activities support all students to:

  • Understand more about themselves (through careers, employability and enterprise education)
  • Know where to look for useful information (about careers and the world of work)
  • Plan for the future (through developing career management, employability and enterprise skills).

Year 7

Students are given a log in for Start Profile where they complete an online questionnaire with regard to personality type and the way in which they prefer to work.  They also participate in tutor led interactive lessons.  They cover a range of issues designed to help them to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work, and help them to plan for their future.

Boys participate in a range of activities, topics including:

  • About me
  • Exploring the future
  • Importance of Challenge
  • Staying positive

The aim of the sessions is to:

  • Enable students to understand more about themselves (Self-development through careers and work-related education)
  • Increase their knowledge of where to find useful information (Finding out about careers and the world of work)
  • Increase students’ understanding of the world of work and help them plan for the future (Developing skills for career wellbeing and employability)
  • Begin to focus on employer engagement during assemblies.

Year 8

Students continue with their online careers programme and tutor led interactive lessons and build upon the skills they developed in Year 7. These sessions contain a range of activities, topics include:

  • Which jobs suit my interests and work preferences
  • Employability skills
  • Aiming high
  • Networking
  • Social action

The aim of the sessions is to:

  • Enable students to make the most of the changing opportunities in learning and work
  • Increase their awareness of what motivates them and help them be successful
  • Increase their knowledge of the job market
  • Continue looking at employer engagement in assemblies and specialist careers events.

Year 9

Students have further lessons via the online programme as well as tutor led interactive lessons which consolidate their earlier work and continue their journey. During Year 9, boys will need to choose which subjects and pathways to study from Year 10 onwards.

These sessions contain a range of activities, topics include:

  • GCSE options
  • Recognising and Building personal skills
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding behaviours for work

The sessions will help them to:

  • understand more about themselves (self-development)
  • look at their options (career exploration)
  • plan for the future (career management)

Students can access websites to source information about their options after they are 16 and search Job profiles, Explore Job Sectors, Skills, Qualities, Interests and Work Preferences.

National Careers Service job profiles: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Students will have a presentation on Year 10 options, assemblies and a Parent & Student Information Evening.

Employer engagement during Careers Week and in assemblies and specialist Careers events.

Year 10

Students begin the process for work experience (WEX) at the end of Year 10, an assembly introduces them to WEX and preparation for their CV and covering letter.

Work experience will take place in June/July each year. The Work experience letter and form, and Bromley notes for carers can be found in the Downloads section below.

How to write a CV:  https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/201/How-to-write-a-CV

Students continue with the online careers programme alongside tutor-led sessions which focus on the topic of work. The activities enhance preparation and debrief activities for work-related activities including work experience. This provides students with the opportunity to carry out a range of self-assessments to help them determine the decisions they need to make. They take students through the stages of career planning right through to post-18 options, helping students to find out more about themselves, careers, learning options and the world of work.

These sessions contain a range of activities, topics include:

  • Promoting yourself and your skills
  • Job adverts
  • Jobs interested in
  • Interviews
  • What makes a good employee/advert/interview

The activities in these sessions will help them to:

  • understand more about the working world
  • learn about rights at work and responsibilities
  • consider their post 16 options

Students and parents can access websites to source information about their options after they are 16 and search Job profiles, Explore Job Sectors, Skills, Qualities, Interests and Work Preferences.

National Careers Service job profiles: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Employer engagement during assemblies, work experience and during Careers Week.

Year 11

Students review and are debriefed about their work experience placements.  Students work on an online careers programme alongside tutor-led lessons, which aim to support the delivery of careers education, advice and guidance with up-to-date impartial information about the range of education and training options for post-16 options.

These activities include:

  • Your skills and interests
  • Different qualifications and their equivalents
  • Post 16 options
  • Recognising skills for the workplace
  • Setting goals

The aim of these sessions is to:

  • Assist the students make decisions about their post 16 options
  • Reflect on progress to date
  • Ensure they are familiar with qualification levels

Students have a presentation on Year 12 options, assemblies and a Parent & Student Information Evening.

Students also have a 1:1 meeting with our Independent Careers Guidance Advisor and a member of staff regarding their post 16 choices.

Employer engagement in assemblies and during Careers Week.

Students also participate in mock interviews and CV writing.

Additional Support

Students on the SEN register and qualifying for PP have workshops in Years 7 and 8, then yearly 1:1 interviews during the rest of their schooling.

Vulnerable students in Year 10 attend small workshops to assist with work experience understanding, preparation and applications.

16 to 18

Young people are required to stay in education until 18. They are not required to stay in school but can choose how to participate which might be through:

  • full time study in a school, college or training provider;
  • an apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship;
  • full time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part time accredited study.

Students will have the opportunity for 1:1 career interview with our Independent Careers Guidance Advisor.  They will have the chance to explore the options of all Post 16 options and have employer engagements during assemblies and Careers Week.

Work Related Learning

The school aims to offer all students the opportunity to experience work related learning from Year 7 – 13 through a wide range of subjects, specific work experience and employer contact.

All teachers link curriculum learning with careers.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

By the age of 14, every student has had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to a wide range of careers.

All subject teachers emphasise the importance of succeeding in English and maths.

The three main ways we deliver careers in the curriculum are:

  • Providing career learning as a subject in its own right: careers education as part of PD.
  • Incorporating career learning within other subjects: In this approach careers content is delivered through subjects, e.g. personal financial planning skills taught in maths, self-presentation skills taught in English. This approach both provides career learning and enhances the subject learning e.g. by showing how a mathematical technique is used in the real world.
  • Organised career learning through co-curriculum activities (e.g. enrichment activities) strongly connected to the formal curriculum. Through this approach, careers content is delivered through informal and voluntary learning activities which have a strong connection to the curriculum e.g. STEM clubs to build on student’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – have received the most support in this area. We can learn a lot from the initiatives to promote careers in STEM through career-relevant subject teaching. The health of our economy depends on the skills and experience and knowledge that our young people develop whilst in education to ensure they can meet the minimum expectations of employers and successfully transition into work.

All subject teachers emphasise the importance of succeeding in English and maths. Science subject teachers highlight the relevance of science for a wide range of future career paths.

Throughout the academic year various industry experts will be invited in to give career insights, this will include areas such as engineering, medical and veterinarian. Trips to various industries will be organised and supported by local large companies i.e. Direct Line Group, Bank of America and Coca-Cola.

Evaluation and Measures

The school records destination information for Year 11 and Year 13 and adapts the career programme to reflect the changing trends.

We complete the Compass evaluation and are using this to drive improvement. We update our careers programmes to reflect current labour market information and renew the programmes yearly to remain current.

Students and staff complete yearly evaluations of the careers programmes and this is used to adapt and maintain the programme.

Useful websites

The National Careers Service (NCS): https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home .aspx

AllAboutSchoolLeaversCareers: http://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/

Notgoingtouni: http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

How2Become: https://www.how2become.com/

Pure Potential: http://www.purepotential.org/

Which Way Now: http://www.whichwaynow.org/

Parental Guidance (for parents, everything that they need to know): http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/  This site is for parents (but there is also a lot of useful information for students).

AllAboutCareers: http://www.allaboutcareers.com/ Does what it says on the logo.

Apprenticeships information can be found at https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

Please contact Miss Robins for any careers related queries on arobins@bwsboys.org

 

 

This information will be reviewed in October 2020