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Careers Programme

Highworth's SIRIUS Careers Programme 2021-2022 is mapped to the Career Development Institute (CDI)'s framework. It incorporates all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks. For an overview of what this involves for each year group, please use the pages below. 


The Careers Policy can be found under Policies on the website.


For enquries about ways to engage with our programme, including any training providers offering technical education qualifications or apprenticeships; please see the Provider Access page, or email our Careers Lead, Miss Hodges at careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk

 

 

Year 7

Aims: 

  • Reflective of their own skills; creative and innovative in discovering new career aspirations.

  • Eager for life-long learning

Objectives: Students learn about a wide range of careers, including qualifications and pathways into them; have opportunities to interact with employers and employees; get introduced to sources of help, both in the school and externally; get introduced to LMI; and start to learn about skills, and these transfer to the world of work. 

  Terms 1 and 2 Terms 3 and 4 Terms 5 and 6
Activities
  • Introduction to Unifrog
  • Introduction to SIRIUS Programme
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)
  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks
  • Wider World Focus Day
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • National Careers Week
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)

 

  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • SIRIUS Focus Day

Students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.

 

Year 8

Aims: 

  • Reflective of their own skills; creative and innovative in discovering new career aspirations.

  • Eager for life-long learning

Objectives: Students will build on their career learning and awareness of opportunities; start to learn about financial management, including budgeting; build on their understanding of LMI; Learn about rights and responsibilities in the workplace; have opportunities to interact with employers and employees; have optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance. 

  Terms 1 and 2 Terms 3 and 4 Terms 5 and 6
Activities
  • Unifrog activities
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)
  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • National Careers Week
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • SIRIUS Focus Day
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)

Students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.

Year 9

Aims: 

  • Reflective of their own skills; creative and innovative in discovering new career aspirations.

  • Eager for life-long learning

Objectives: Be using their careers research, and knowledge about pathways, to choose GCSE options; learn about how to succeed in recruitment processes; explore transferable skills; interact with employers and employees; have optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance. 

  Terms 1 and 2 Terms 3 and 4 Terms 5 and 6
Activities
  • Unifrog activities
  • CEIAG themed assemblies
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)
  • SIRIUs Tuesday Talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • National Careers Week
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • SIRIUS Focus Day
  • CXK Referral meetings
  • HGS GCSE Options Evening
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)

 

Students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.

 

Year 10

Aims: 

  • Aiming to achieve their full potential 

  • Confident in their decisions and career aspirations.

Objectives: Build on transferable skills for employment; have one experience of the world of work; have opportunities to interact with employers and employees; learn about self employment and entrepreneurship; learn how to recognise and challenge discrimination in the workplace; be introduced to the post-16 options available; have access to impartial information, advice and guidance. 

  Terms 1 and 2 Terms 3 and 4 Terms 5 and 6
Activities
  • Unifrog activities
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)
  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • National Careers Week
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • SIRIUS Focus Day
  • CXK Group Meetings
  • World of Work Opportunity

Students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.

 

Year 11

Aims: 

  • Aiming to achieve their full potential 

  • Confident in their decisions and career aspirations.

Objectives: Build on transferable skills for employment; have opportunities to interact with employers and employees; learn how to produce a CV; learn how to make applications to other post-16 providers; have oportunities to consider and discuss post-16 preferred options with a qualified CEIAG professional.

  Terms 1 and 2 Terms 3 and 4 Terms 5 and 6
Activities
  • Unifrog activities
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • SIRIUS Focus Day
  • Transition Assembly
  • CXK referral meetings
  • 'The Next Step'*, published by Kent Online, issued to all students. 
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)
  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • National Careers Week
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • Highworth Sixth Form Open Evening
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • Optional Work Experience

* ‘The Next Step’ covers a variety of post 16 choices, work experience information, volunteering opportunities, local Sixth Form options, apprenticeship advice, further and higher education information and tips for job interviews and CV writing.

We value the importance of personal guidance following Results Days.  We therefore, contract our independent Careers Adviser from CXK to be present in the Careers Library the day after Results Day for those students who may need additional support. Our Careers Lead, Miss Hodges, will also be available for appointments on Results Day. 

Students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.

 

Year 12 and Year 13

Year 12

Aims: Happy, confident and prepared for their next steps

Objectives: Have opportunities to interact with employers and employees; have a further experience of the world of work; hear from Higher Education providers; hear from apprenticeship providers; reflect on their own skills, experience, interests and knowledge to make informed decisions about the next steps; have optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance. 

  Terms 1 and 2 Terms 3 and 4 Terms 5 and 6
Activities
  • Introduction to Unifrog
  • Introduction to SIRIUS Programme
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • CXK referral meetings
  • Optional meetings with Miss Hodges
  • SIRIUS Focus Day 1
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)
  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • National Careers Week
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • CXK referral meetings
  • Optional meetings with Miss Hodges
  • Senior Prefect applications
  • UCAS conference
  • Apprenticeship conference
  • SIRIUS Focus Day 2
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • CXK referral meetings
  • Optional meetings with Miss Hodges
  • Post- 18 pathways evening
  • World of Work experience
  • SIRIUS Focus Day 3
  • SIRIUS Focus Day 4

Year 13

Aims: Happy, confident and prepared for their next steps

Objectives: Have opportunities to interact with employers and employees; visit and hear from Higher Education providers; be guided through and complete a UCAS application; have the opportunitiy to attend a practice interview; have optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance

  Terms 1 and 2 Terms 3 and 4 Terms 5 and 6
Activities
  • Introduction to Unifrog
  • Introduction to SIRIUS Programme
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • CXK referral meetings
  • Optional meetings with Miss Hodges
  • UCAS applications
  • Personal Statement Workshops
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)
  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • National Careers Week
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • CXK referral meetings
  • Optional meetings with Miss Hodges
  • SIRIUS Careers Google Classroom
  • Careers in the Classroom (CiC)
  • Optional meetings with Miss Hodges
  • Clearing and Adjustment Assemblies

We value the importance of personal guidance following Results Days.  We therefore contract our independent Careers Adviser from CXK to be present in the Careers Library the day after Results Day for those students who may need additional support. Our Careers Lead, Miss Hodges, will also be available for appointments on Results Day. 

Students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.