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Careers Programme

Highworth's SIRIUS Careers Programme 2022-2023 is mapped to the Career Development Institute (CDI)'s framework. It incorporates all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks. For a specific overview of what this involves for each year group, please use the pages below. 

Careers Journey Map


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

Intent: 

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

Implementation: 

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Activities

  • CiC
  • Introduction to SIRIUS Programme

  • Geography Trip (all students)

  • Unifrog: Mentor 

    • Treasure hunt (1)

    • Recording activities

    • What does success mean to you?

    • Leadership

  • CiC
  • Careers Fair (Biennial)

  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks

  • National Apprenticeship Week (Mentor activities)

  • National Careers Week (Mentor activities)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Enterprise challenge

    • Interests profile

    • Wellbeing: Managing stress

    • Competencies tool

    • Networking

    • Personality profile

  • CiC

  • SIRIUS Focus Day

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Stereotypes

    • Treasure hunt (2)

    • Your skills, your team, your future

    • Setting goals

    • Aiming high and motivation (1)

    • Aiming high and motivation (2)

Year 8

Intent: 

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

Implementation: 

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Activities

  • CiC

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Work environments profile

    • Treasure hunt (1)

    • Recording activities

    • What does success mean to you?

    • Leadership

  • CiC

  • Careers Fair (Biennial)

  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks

  • National Apprenticeship Week (Mentor activities)

  • National Careers Week (Mentor activities)

  • SIRIUS Focus Day

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Enterprise challenge

    • Interests profile

    • Wellbeing: Managing stress

    • Competencies tool

    • Networking

    • Personality profile

  • CiC

  • History trip (all students)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Stereotypes

    • Treasure hunt (2)

    • Your skills, your team, your future

    • Setting goals

    • Aiming high and motivation (1)

    • Aiming high and motivation (2)


 

 

Year 9

Intent: 

  • Eager for life-long learning

Implementation: 

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Activities

  • CiC

  • Ambassadors Programme Assembly

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Work environments profile

    • Treasure hunt (1)

    • Recording activities

    • What does success mean to you?

    • Leadership

  • CiC

  • Careers Fair (Biennial)

  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks

  • National Apprenticeship Week (Mentor activities)

  • National Careers Week (Mentor activities)

  • Y9 Careers Survey

  • SIRIUS Focus Day

  • HGS Options Evening

  • EBP one-on-one appointments (referral only)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Enterprise challenge

    • Interests profile

    • Wellbeing: Managing stress

    • Competencies tool

    • Networking

    • Personality profile

  • CiC

  • Spanish Trip (selected students)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Stereotypes

    • Treasure hunt (2)

    • Your skills, your team, your future

    • Setting goals

    • Aiming high and motivation (1)

    • Aiming high and motivation (2)

Year 10

Intent: 

  • Aiming to achieve their full potential 

Implementation:

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Activities

  • CiC

  • Drama Trip (selected students)

  • French Trip (selected students)

  • Art Trip (selected students)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Work environments profile

    • Busting BTEC myths

    • Work Experience: Deciding on a placement and contacting employers

    • Recording activities

    • Goal setting and Vision

    • Leadership


 
  • CiC

  • Careers Fair (Biennial)

  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks

  • National Apprenticeship Week (Mentor activities)

  • National Careers Week (Mentor activities)

  • English Trip (all students)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Enterprise challenge

    • Work Experience: Locating local opportunities

    • Wellbeing

    • Competencies tool

    • Networking

    • University: The big debate

  • CiC

  • SIRIUS Focus Day

  • EBP group guidance appointments (all students)

  • World of work: Make It Work workshops

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Stereotypes

    • Career Action Plans

    • Discovering MOOCs

    • Making the most of university visits

    • Aiming high and motivation (1)

    • Aiming high and motivation (2)

Year 11

Intent: 

  • Confident in their decisions and career aspirations.

Implementation: 

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Activities

  • CiC

  • Drama Trip (selected students)

  • SIRIUS Focus Day

  • Transition Assembly

  • EBP one-on-one guidance appointments (referral only)

  • Next Steps magazine issued*

  • Kent Choices launch

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Post-16 Intentions tool

    • Busting BTEC Myths

    • Work Experience: Deciding on a placement and contacting employers

    • Recording activities

    • Goal setting and Vision

    • Leadership

  • CiC

  • Careers Fair (Biennial)

  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks

  • National Apprenticeship Week (Mentor activities)

  • National Careers Week (Mentor activities)

  • Sixth Form Open Evening

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Enterprise challenge

    • Work Experience: Locating local opportunities

    • Wellbeing

    • Competencies tool

    • Networking

    • University: The big debate

  • CiC

  • Work experience (optional)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Stereotypes

    • Post-16 Intentions tool update

    • Discovering MOOCs

    • Making the most of university visits

* ‘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.

Year 12 and Year 13

Year 12

Intent: Happy, confident and prepared for their next steps

Implementation: 

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Activities

  • CiC

  • Introduction to Unifrog (Induction Day)

  • Introduction to SIRIUS Programme (Induction Day)

  • Introduction to work experience (Assembly)

  • Focus Day (Vision and Goal Setting)

  • EBP guidance appointments (referral only)

  • Guidance appointments with Careers Lead (optional)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • University vs apprenticeships

    • Work experience: How to contact employers

    • Recording activities

    • Goal setting and vision

    • Bursaries and scholarships



 
  • CiC

  • Careers Fair (Biennial)

  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks

  • National Apprenticeship Week (Mentor activities)

  • National Careers Week (Mentor activities)

  • Apprenticeship awareness (Assembly)

  • Summer Schools (Assembly)

  • Global Careers- LMI (Assembly)

  • Apprenticeship Fair

  • Co-curricular interest groups 

  • Focus Day 2: Employability

  • Psychology Trip (selected students)

  • EBP guidance appointments (referral only)

  • Guidance appointments with Careers Lead (optional)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Enterprise Challenge

    • Work experience: Locating local opportunities

    • Wellbeing

    • Competencies tool

    • Networking

    • University: The big debate

  • CiC

  • UCAS Detling trip

  • Futures Focus Day

  • EBP guidance appointments (referral only)

  • Guidance appointments with Careers Lead (optional)

  • Post 18 Pathways Evening

  • Co-curricular interest groups 

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Stereotypes

    • Degree apprenticeships

    • Discovering MOOCs

    • Making the most of university visits

    • Aiming high and motivation (1)

    • Aiming high and motivation (2)


 

Year 13

Intent: Happy, confident and prepared for their next steps

Implementation: 

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Activities

  • CiC

  • EBP guidance appointments (referral only)

  • Guidance appointments with Careers Lead (optional)

  • UCAS applications

  • Personal Statement workshops

  • History Trip (selected students)

  • Co-curricular interest groups 

  • Apprenticeship application workshops (selected students)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Post-18 Intentions update

    • University vs apprenticeships

    • Work experience: How to contact employers

    • Recording activities

    • Goal setting and vision

    • Bursaries and scholarships

  • CiC

  • Careers Fair (Biennial)

  • SIRIUS Tuesday Talks

  • National Apprenticeship Week (Mentor activities)

  • National Careers Week (Mentor activities)

  • Student Finance (Assembly)

  • Global Careers- LMI (Assembly)

  • Apprenticeship Fair

  • Co-curricular interest groups 

  • EBP guidance appointments (referral only)

  • Guidance appointments with Careers Lead (optional)

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Enterprise Challenge

    • Post-18 Intentions update

    • Wellbeing

    • Competencies tool

    • Networking

    • University: The big debate

  • CiC

  • Guidance appointments with Careers Lead (optional)

  • Co-curricular interest groups

  • Unifrog: Mentor

    • Stereotypes

    • Post-18 Intentions update and joining the Alumni Hub

    • Effective revision techniques