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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.

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 3-4, we run a whole school programme for lunchtime Sirius Talks; a range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents/carers visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  Sirius Talks are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a Sirius Talk 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 and lunch time every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Alternatively, students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.

 

Year 8

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 3-4, we run a whole school programme for SIRIUS Talks; a range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents/carers visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  Sirius Talks are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a Sirius Talk 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, Tuesday and Wednesday.  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

In Year 9, students will have the opportunity to meet with our independent Careers Adviser from CXK.  Some Year 9 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 and interests 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.

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 3-4, we run a whole school programme for SIRIUS Talks; a range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents/carers visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  Sirius Talks are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a Sirius Talk 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 Unifrog.

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 questions about 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 Sirius Talks; a range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents/carers visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  Sirius Talks are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a Sirius Talk 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 group guidance interview with an independent Careers Adviser from CXK.  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 SIRIUS 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 and lunch time every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Alternatively, students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about 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 and current Year 12 students.  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 Sixth Form Manager, 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, a number of our students attend Spring and Summer schools, 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.  Students should contact Sarah Ferris to discuss further.

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 3-4, we run a whole school programme for Sirius Talks; a range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents/carers visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  Sirius Talks are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a Sirius Talk 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 into practice.  Changing patterns of employment will be explored, as well as potential future careers.   

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 CXK to 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 and lunch time every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Alternatively, 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

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.

The Year 12 Focus Day includes an Interview Skills workshop.  The Education Business Partnership (Kent) delivers a session entitled 'Marketing You' looking at students’ CVs, 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.

In Year 13, all students are given 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 Tuesday 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 Sixth Form 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 also make themselves available to students and are often the best people to offer advice within their specific subject areas.

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 3-4, we run a whole school programme for Sirius Talks; a range of guest speakers/Alumni/parents/carers visit school to discuss various career pathways and routes to achieve them.  Sirius Talks are usually held in the Careers Library between 1.00pm-1.30pm. Attending a Sirius Talk 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 CXK to 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 and lunch time every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Alternatively, students can book an appointment by emailing careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk, should they have any questions about careers or education choices.