An 11-16 Academy
Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance are all embedded into the curriculum throughout the school and delivered by most members of staff.
There is an element of career’s education written into the PSHE Schemes of Work.
In the lower school this is partly the development of Teamwork, Problem solving, Leadership, Presentation - all key aspects of employability.
In Year 9, a more structured approach is included in the programme in preparation for the Option process, which for many is the first stage of a career decision.
Specifically they are:
a) given a sequence of Assemblies - about the possible routes forward
b) given specific information about the Apprenticeship opportunities in Assembly and via booklets/leaflets
c) given a booklet ‘Getting Started’, which outlines all of the routes forward
d) given information about web sites that do all of the above and more
e) Introduced to websites which have large banks of easily accessible resources that allow pupils to browse independently
f) An Options Evening is arranged so that parents and carers are involved in the decision making process
g) All pupils are interviewed before making their final option decisions to make sure that they are appropriate and aspirational
In Year 10 and 11, specific sessions are planned to give more detailed information about the pupils career options, usually via PSHE sessions but also in Assemblies and Tutor time.
Every student is interviewed by Mrs Baldwin on a one to one basis initially in year 10, then followed up at least twice in yr 11
They are also encouraged to visit the local sixth forms on their taster days – mainly Thomas Mills and Hartismere.
Trips are regularly arranged to other institutions ie Cambridge University, Essex University, UCS. Even though this is early for university application we believe that those considering higher education should ’aim high’ even if a university education is not part of the family background.
Bespoke visits to Otley College and Suffolk New College are arranged (and any other college required) to enable students to see first hand the courses and the different methods of teaching and learning employed at an FE College.
THE WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME
Currently Work Experience takes place during the last week of the summer term in Year 10. This week is chosen because to avoid all exams and is the least disruptive to their studies.
Pupils are assisted in finding their own placements. Once the placement is secured the paperwork is completed by SHS staff.
The school prides itself with the care taken to find each pupil a meaningful placement and although this cannot be seen as a career decision it can certainly help clarify the pupil’s ideas about future career paths.
All year 11 pupils are allocated a one-to-one mentor. Their role is to act as a sounding board and an extra place for advice about studies and career choices.
Some Useful links:
The 'Shelf Help' team hosted our Scholastic Book Fair evening event last Friday (21/04/17).
This provided a fabulous opportunity for the Team to showcase their work for the Shelf Help project, have the collection of books on display and promote their new 'Clam' area.…Continue
Posted on April 25, 2017 at 16:45