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Careers Programme

Please click on each year group below to have an overview of what students can expect to happen as part of their Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme within each academic year.

Year 7

Year 7 is a particularly important year for our students, who acquire many new skills during their transition from primary into secondary school.  Our Student Support Managers and Directors of Learning play a huge role in this to support the development of these skills. Students begin to learn more about themselves when identifying personal traits, recognising strengths and developing confidence.

In Year 7, Mentors will introduce students to the Careers Manager and show them the Careers Library where they can access information in all areas relating to CEIAG.  

There will be many opportunities for Careers in the Classroom (CiC) discussions; it is the role of our teachers to show students the skills they can gain in each subject and how these are relevant to various careers.  These may also include presentations or workshops from external speakers and companies. During all of these encounters students are encouraged to engage with speakers and ask relevant questions.

During Terms 1-4, we run a whole school programme for Lunchtime Careers Talks (LCT); A range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  LCT are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a LCT also forms part of our PSHE programme and will enable students to complete some of the suggested activities described in their personal Learning Journal each year.

Focus days during Year 7 will concentrate on students identifying the type of learner they are and developing strategies for a healthy work/life balance.  

The Careers Manager is available for students to ‘drop in’ during break time and lunch time every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Alternatively, students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any specific questions about future careers or education choices.

 

Year 8

In Year 8, students will have the opportunity to meet with our independent Careers Adviser from Trust Careers.  All Year 8 students will attend a group session with our external Careers Adviser who will introduce students to specific Careers related websites and programmes.  These can help them to identify their own strengths, abilities, interests and preferred learning styles to see how these relate to different careers as well as develop and research career ideas.  Please also see our ‘Useful Websites’ area for links. There will be the opportunity for some students to have a one to one meeting with our adviser to receive further personal guidance on specific pathways.

All Year 8 students are invited to attend our Curriculum Evening where they will be provided with information about GCSE option choices, as well as having GCSE subject talks in school.  Our Careers Adviser from Trust Careers will also attend this event and is available for drop-in appointments. In addition, Mentor Groups will play a big part in the preparation for this event; Mentors and other mentees will support students to research different subject choices to assist them in selecting GCSEs that complement their talents and goals.

There will be many opportunities for Careers in the Classroom (CiC) discussions; it is the role of our teachers to show students the skills they can gain in each subject and how these are relevant to various careers.  These may also include presentations or workshops from external speakers and companies. During all of these encounters students are encouraged to engage with speakers and ask relevant questions.

During Terms 1-4, we run a whole school programme for Lunchtime Careers Talks (LCT); A range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  LCT are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a LCT also forms part of our PSHE programme and will enable students to complete some of the suggested activities described in their personal Learning Journal each year.

Year 8 students will also attend a Focus Day where they will take part in a number of different Careers related lessons.  The intention of the day is to help students get ideas about Careers that may interest them. Students will be introduced to post 16 pathways, different types of work through various Alumni visiting speakers, managing work/life balance, which can impact future career.  Students will learn more about how to make decisions wisely. They will develop employability skills and will start to thinking about working life as a young adult.

The Careers Manager is available for students to ‘drop in’ during break time and lunch time every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Alternatively, students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any specific questions about future careers or education choices.

 

Year 9

Experiencing the world of work is vital to a student’s understanding of the employability skills required when gaining future employment.  One way of achieving this is through work experience. We hope to inspire students to volunteer within the community and make potential connections for future work experience.  During one of the school holidays in Year 9 students are encouraged to spend a day work shadowing an employer; this could be through a family connection, an external club students are members of, a direct approach, or somewhere a student volunteers within the community.  The Careers Manager will provide students with a pro forma to complete, reflecting and recording their time with the employer.

During Year 9, students take on the responsibility of Mentor to Years 7 and 8 and are encouraged to share advice about GCSE option choices.

Development of employability skills grows with importance as students move closer to becoming young workers.  The Careers Manager will work with the Equal Opportunities Lead to encourage all students in Year 9 to identify potential career paths and offer support to overcome challenges.

There will be many opportunities for Careers in the Classroom (CiC) discussions; it is the role of our teachers to show students the skills they can gain in each subject and how these are relevant to various careers.  These may also include presentations or workshops from external speakers and companies. During all of these encounters students are encouraged to engage with speakers and ask relevant questions.

During Terms 1-4, we run a whole school programme for Lunchtime Careers Talks (LCT); A range of guest speakers/Alumni/Parents visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  LCT are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a LCT also forms part of our PSHE programme and will enable students to complete some of the suggested activities described in their personal Learning Journal each year.  In addition in Year 9 students are required to speak to an adult about their career and make a record of this conversation in their Learning Journal.

The Careers Manager is available for students to ‘drop in’ during break time and lunch time every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Alternatively students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any specific questions about future careers or education choices.

 

Year 10

Development of employability skills grows with importance as students move closer to becoming young workers.  The Careers Manager will work with the Equal Opportunities Lead to encourage all students in Year 10 to identify potential career paths and offer support to overcome challenges.  

There will be many opportunities for Careers in the Classroom (CiC) discussions; it is the role of our teachers to show students the skills they can gain in each subject and how these are relevant to various careers.  These may also include presentations or workshops from external speakers and companies. During all of these encounters students are encouraged to engage with speakers and ask relevant questions.

During Terms 1-4, we run a whole school programme for Lunchtime Careers Talks (LCT); A range of guest speakers/Alumni/Parents visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  LCT are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a LCT also forms part of our PSHE programme and will enable students to complete some of the suggested activities described in their personal Learning Journal each year.  As part of the PSHE programme students will also be encouraged to research an alternative post-16 route.

During Term 6 of Year 10, students (and their parents/carers) will be invited to a 30 minute one-to-one interview with an independent Careers Adviser from Trust Careers.  The purpose of this meeting is to offer personal guidance to help them start thinking about future plans and discuss action points needed to achieve them. Students will receive a personalised action plan which summarises key points of the interview and signposts them towards relevant websites and other sources of information.  Students will receive personal guidance about all post 16 choices available to them through a variety of Focus Days, assemblies and Mentor Sessions. To get the best out of the interview, Students are asked to come prepared with the following information:

·         Favourite subjects and why

·         Details of any work experience

·         Information relating to any volunteer work or Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

·         Current employment details

·         Any immediate thoughts on career choice

One of the Focus Days in Year 10 is dedicated to ‘Future Life - World of Work’.  Students will learn about how the economy functions, personal finance, voluntary and charity work.  In a session relating to Employment Law, they will also be introduced to discrimination laws and working rights for young workers.  Employability and financial decision making will feature strongly during the PSHE programme in Year 10. Students will also have the opportunity to write an impactful CV, learn how to manage the job selection process and to participate in a mock interview skills session

The Careers Manager is available for students to ‘drop in’ during break time and lunch time every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Alternatively students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any specific questions about future careers or education choices.

 

Year 11

In Year 11, students will start preparing for their post 16 choices.  In Term 1, all students will receive a copy of the magazine ‘The Next Step’ published by Kent Online, which 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.

The Sixth Form Open Evening is held early in Term 3 and is an opportunity for Year 11 students to visit the school with the aim of speaking to both existing students and A Level teachers about the Sixth Form. Students and parents/carers are given a school prospectus, and various information guides and other informative leaflets about life in the Sixth Form. There is an address in the Hall at the beginning of the evening to welcome the Year 11 students and their parents/carers. Speakers include the Headteacher, the Head of Sixth form, representatives from the Senior Prefect Team as well as the Sixth Form Manager who provides advice on applying for post 16 places. Students and parents then have the opportunity to explore the school, visiting the different departments to speak with the Prefects and teachers for the subject courses they are interested in.  Various other members of staff are available throughout the evening, such as our independent Careers Adviser and Admissions Officer.

Experiencing the world of work is vital to a student’s understanding of the employability skills required when gaining future employment.  During the summer holidays, many institutions and large organisations run Summer Vacation Programmes aimed at those students aged 16+. As part of the transition into Sixth Form, students are reminded of the importance that university admission tutors and employers place on work experience and of the benefits to be gained.

In addition, our students attend Spring and Summer schools regularly, such as the UNIQ and Sutton Trust programmes, to gain an insight into university life.  The UNIQ programme, run by the University of Oxford, allows students to see the colleges and visit the lectures theatres and the Sutton Trust programme is designed to help students access selective universities. The Sutton Trust tackles educational inequality and describes its purpose as giving young people the chance to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background.

There will be many opportunities for Careers in the Classroom (CiC) discussions; it is the role of our teachers to show students the skills they can gain in each subject and how these are relevant to various careers.  These may also include presentations or workshops from external speakers and companies. During all of these encounters students are encouraged to engage with speakers and ask relevant questions.

During Terms 1-4, we run a whole school programme for Lunchtime Careers Talks (LCT); A range of guest speakers/Alumni/Parents visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  LCT are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a LCT also forms part of our PSHE programme and will enable students to complete some of the suggested activities described in their personal Learning Journal each year.

The Year 11 Focus Day will again be around core ‘Employability Skills’.  Students will receive further guidance on these functional skills to really embed them and put them in to practice.  Changing patterns of employment will be explored, as well as potential future careers.   

After Year 11 students have sat their Pre Public Examinations (PPEs), those with exceptionally high results will be invited to attend a trip to St Hugh’s in Oxford (our link college).  This trip will include a tour of the college, attendance at talks, a lunch and a tour around the city.​

As part of our Sixth Form application process, students are required to complete an option form when choosing their A Levels which has specific questions relating to careers.  This ensures their choices support their career aspirations.  In addition, staff will provide advice around facilitating subjects to support their career path.​

We value the importance of personal guidance following Results Days.  We therefore, contract our independent Careers Adviser from Trust Careers to be be present in the Careers Library the day after Results Day for those students who may need additional support.

The Careers Manager is available for students to ‘drop in’ during break time and lunch time every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Alternatively students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any specific questions about future careers or education choices.

 

Year 12 and Year 13

As part of the induction programme into Highworth Grammar School Sixth Form, students are invited to attend our ‘Highworth Taster Day’.  Each student joining the Sixth Form will be given an individual timetable for the day, with various enrolment forms and the Summer Task Booklet.  The Summer Tasks are integral to the structure of the courses and students are expected to complete them prior to starting in September. As in the world of work, there is much more responsibility with A Levels to be working, reading and researching independently.  Students will be able to start to put these skills into practice during the summer holidays ready for life in the Sixth Form.

On the first day of Sixth Form, students will attend our Co-Curricular Fair.  At Highworth, we encourage our students to be actively engaged in widening their horizons and developing their employability skills through positive contributions to the world around them.  Alongside A Levels, students will be expected to choose from a wide range of co-curriculum enhancement opportunities, to support their academic portfolio. Employability skills are important in the fast changing world of work and we have been working to set up work experience and volunteering placements with local companies, and through our own Highworth Alumni for our Sixth Formers.

We are very successful in preparing students for their applications to university.  We advise students to start researching information on courses they may wish to follow and look for upcoming open days at universities they may wish to attend.  Most importantly, they are encouraged to work hard in their first year to ensure they are able to apply with confidence for competitive university places, apprenticeship opportunities and career routes.   Highworth offers support and guidance through the whole application process.

Additional specialist support is provided for students applying for vocational courses (like medicine and dentistry) and for those following the Oxbridge pathway.

In Year 12, students attend a UCAS higher education exhibition where they can meet representatives from universities across the country to ask questions, gather information and get an insight into life as an undergraduate.

All students are given a great deal of support in writing their personal statement from staff across the school, as well as the Careers Department.  Regular and frequent personal statement clinics are held from September until November on a Wednesday afternoon.

Support is given with CV writing, covering letter compilation and interview skills for all those wishing to apply for apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, voluntary programmes or gap years.

All students have access to one-to-one careers interviews with either our Careers Manager, Careers Volunteer or Independent Careers Adviser to discuss future plans and to track progression.  

Teachers will make themselves available to students and are often the best people to offer advice within their specific subject areas.

We have recently partnered with the Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP) which consists of a group of higher education institutions and further education colleges working together to deliver targeted outreach across Kent and Medway.  As part of its collaboration with KaMCOP, some students will have access to the The University of Greenwich Mentoring Programme, designed to help learners feel confident in applying for HE, raise aspiration, and enhance knowledge about the HE experience and future careers. Learners engaged in the programme benefit from a HE Mentor and an Industry Mentor, offering 10 weeks of mentorship with experts from specified careers sectors, as well as a secure online mentoring platform.

There will be many opportunities for Careers in the Classroom (CiC) discussions; it is the role of our teachers to show students the skills they can gain in each subject and how these are relevant to various careers.  These may also include presentations or workshops from external speakers and companies. During all of these encounters students are encouraged to engage with speakers and ask relevant questions.

During Terms 1-4, we run a whole school programme for Lunchtime Careers Talks (LCT); A range of guest speakers/Alumni/Parents visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  LCT are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a LCT also forms part of our PSHE programme and will enable students to complete some of the suggested activities described in their personal Learning Journal each year.  As part of the PSHE programme students are required to research a higher level degree apprenticeship as part of their learning journal.

We value the importance of personal guidance following Results Days.  We therefore contract our independent Careers Adviser from Trust Careers to be be present in the Careers Library the day after Results Day for those students who may need additional support.

The Year 12 Focus Day includes an Interview Skills workshop.  The Education Business Partnership (Kent) will deliver a session entitled 'Marketing You' looking at students CV’s, Interview Techniques, First Impressions and the ‘Interview Day (group activities, discussions, for example)’.  In addition, and a highlight of this day, is hearing past students from Highworth Grammar school talk enthusiastically about their experiences since leaving school.  They range from recent leavers for whom the rigours of the UCAS application process or employer selection process are still fresh in their memories, to older alumni who may be more established in their careers. This range of different perspectives enriches the discussions with our students.

The Careers Manager is available for students to ‘drop in’ during break time and lunch time every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Alternatively students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any specific questions about future careers or education choices.