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Careers information and Guidance

Careers information and Guidance

Careers Information and Guidance offers all students a practical, lively and challenging environment to begin to see the routes to ambitions, dreams and the world of work.

The objective of the department is to offer all our pupils the chance to develop an understanding of the skills and qualities needed to be able to function in a modern day work environment and to become successful in the workplace of their choice. I feel our pupils should see things as being I Can, I Will and I Want and the area nurtures that ethos.

The IAG Careers Department is made up of 4 members of staff:
Mr Steven Dawson
Mrs Danielle Mullen
Mrs Nicola Freeman

To view the Career Development plan,  please see below.

Key Stage 3

The Early stages of a pupils time in Careers is about Dreams, Ambitions and Aspiration, the key is that all our children understand that they have very special skills and qualities that can be harnessed to achieve great things.

The programme of study each year is as follows:

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 7

  • I Am – How we identify skills and qualities and what they are and mean. Basic introduction to the learning journey.
  • You Are Magic – Identifying how our skills and qualities might be used on the learning journey.
  • What do People Want? – An exploration and development of the variety of different careers and common needs from an employers or training provider’s viewpoint.
  • An introduction to transferrable skills and the need to be ready to adapt change and be ready for the challenges of later on.
  • Emotional Literacy – Soft skills and how to manage relationship’s and get the best possible reaction from others.
  • First Past the Post – An introduction to possible destinations, courses and apprenticeship.

Year 8

  • Changes – A look at how change impacts upon us and how pupils need to be ready to accept change.
  • Information Is Power – The key to making effective choices is information; the period of study explores and develops sources, and ways of using information.
  • Guns or Butter – How there is a need to understand that demand for a skill can be variable and how there is a need when we think about careers to understand that if a skill is not needed it can present problems.
  • Letters, Forms and Applications – A very basic introduction to functional skills.
  • Empathy and Employment – A practical topic aimed at giving a clear idea of how in a work environment there is a need to be ready to think carefully about managing others feelings and emotions.
  • Money It’s a Hit – An introduction to managing money, budgeting and the impact of debt.

Year 9

  • Options for You- Designed to offer clear and lively help in the options process.
  • Money Management 2 – Further development of career links and how to maximise earning potential
  • Are you A Political Animal? – An introduction to parliament, parties and politics.
  • Functional Skills For A Future – managing the process of interview and application.
  • Pathways and Apprenticeship - Delivering a working knowledge of the range of pathways and possibilities for training – focussing upon the plusses and things to look out for.
  • Making the Most of You – The focus to be very much on forming up a learning pathway and reinforcing and developing an independent approach to the pathway

Key Stage 4

At this point I want our children to be thinking and developing ideas and seeking out information and inspiration to take them onto the challenges of placement, college and training.

The programme of study each year is as follows:

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 10

  • Change and Schedule – Planning the next phase of the journey – college, apprenticeship, training.
  • Gathering Information - Points of contact at college, apprenticeship providers. Use of platforms and the management of evidence base.
  • Intro to Health and Safety at Work – Regulations, issues and also pay.
  • Soft Skills – A practical series of sessions aimed at getting the best possible response and view from others.
  • Work Experience – Preparation for and the assessment of the experience, this leading to an evidence base and file.
  • Moving to 11 – Outline of tasks, schedule, aims and pitfalls.

Year 11

  • Applications – In depth look at the forms, the process and the timescales involved.
  • Interview – The things to do and the things not to do. Practical input with Dummy interviews and feedback.
  • The Impact of Change – Guidance and inspiration to drive an understanding of transferrable skills and future proofing.
  • Appearance and Response – How to manage the first thirty seconds of a meeting.
  • Preparation and Planning – Practical help with any outstanding placement issues, evidence and problems.
  •  The organisation of revision and the process to go through if post exams there are any issues.

 To view the Jobs and Career Options Magazine, please see link below.