Careers

Careers Programme

Careers modules are included in the PSHCE programme for all year groups. The purpose of careers lessons is to help students consider their own personal and social development, to enhance their decision-making skills and to promote a realistic awareness of the adult world and the changing pattern of work. By the end of Year 11, it is expected that students will have a good grasp of the range of educational, occupational and vocational opportunities available to them.

Careers lessons include the following:-

Year 9

Students will look at personal skills and qualities, subjects available and what the GCSE includes, ways of finding out information about subjects and careers including the careers choices software called Kudos which uses information about individual’s skills, qualities, areas of interest etc. and selects 20 suitable occupations taking these areas into account.

Year 10

Students will have the opportunity to attend a careers interview with Glyn Ellis (Careers Advisor). In July, the school organises a Careers Fair where a number of local employers will come into school to talk to students about the range of occupations in their companies . This will enable students to start to think about their future and life after Year 11.

Year 11

The Autumn term of Year 11 includes a module on the exploration of progression routes at 16+. Through careful guidance from teachers, careers advisors and parents/carers, students should be able to make informed decisions about their future after compulsory education. Students will be given information about how to apply for our sixth form including how to write a personal statement and will be shown how to apply for further education at other establishments.

Careers Advice

Our Careers Adviser, Glyn Ellis, is presently in school two days a week and is available at break and lunchtimes to all year groups who may wish to discuss careers ideas. In Years 10 and/or11 students have an interview with the Careers Adviser who guides them towards realistic careers ideas. He provides up-to-date information and practical help and parents/carers are invited to attend these interviews. In addition, students will be provided with all the information required about choices at Post 16.

We use the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks to offer a wide range of activities for all year groups.

Our Careers Leader is Jules Harris and can be reached by contacting the school on 0113 2757877 or emailing jharris@abbeygrangeacademy.co.uk.

Gatsby  Benchmark

Please see the Gatsby Benchmark Development Plan, available by clicking on the More Resources link on the right hand side of the screen.

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Post 16

Student entitlement statement

By the time students get to the end of Year 7 they will have:

•        Had opportunities to reflect on  personal qualities and the way they relate to their peers

•        Begun to identify their strengths and how they can make the best use of them

•        Started finding out about different career areas and qualification routes that might interest them in the future through careers section on the website

•        Taken part in activities to improve their career-related skills. For example, BBC School Report

•        Taken part in GCSE taster day to start them thinking about GCSE option choices.

Student Entitlement Statement

By the time students get to the end of Year 8 they will have:

•        Built upon the self-development skills they worked on in Year 7

•        Started to develop their financial managements kills, including budgeting & banking and learned about rights &responsibilities at work, discrimination and stereotyping

•        Taken part in PSHCE sessions to further develop their knowledge about different career areas and to identify their skills and interests

•        Completed the careers software questionnaire –Kudos, to identify their skills and interests related to the world of work and explore career ideas that might interest them

•        Used their developing knowledge of themselves and various career pathways to help choose GCSE options. Additional support from school including Year 8 ‘Moving On’ evening, subject teachers and an individual meeting with an ELT or SLT member

•        Had optional access to impartial information,advice and guidance from the Shine professional careers adviser at a parent’s request.

Student Entitlement Statement

By the time students get to the end of Year 9 they will have:

•        Continued with career exploration and self-development by taking part in careers sessions delivered through PSHCE drop down days. Sessions will focus on developing transferable skills, growth mind set, Unifrog and understanding tax

•        Had optional access to impartial information,advice and guidance from the Shine professional careers adviser at a parent’s request

•        If looked after or have additional needs a one-to-one interview to discuss post 16 options

Student Entitlement Statement

By the time students get to the end of Year 10 they will have:

•        Taken part in workshops with local employers in PSHCE drop down days. This will help students understand the world of work and develop employability skills such as problem solving, team work, working with budgets, creativity and innovation, presentation skills and working to deadlines. Workshops include those run by Shine Careers, the Ahead Partnership,National Careers Service, and the Careers & Enterprise Company

•        Had the opportunity to attend careers talks during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics including apprenticeships, higher level and degree apprenticeships, colleges, CV writing and interview skills

•        Attended the July Careers Fair and networked with twenty or more employers

•        Had another chance to complete the careers software package – Kudos, to identify their abilities and aspirations, and possible career areas that might interest them

•        Used the National Careers Service website to research jobs, skills, entry requirements, training and pay for a variety of jobs

•        Will have begun the process of having an individual careers guidance interview with the school’s Shine professional careers adviser as part of their entitlement to receive impartial information,advice and guidance. This will continue in year 11

•        Received a written action plan following a careers interview, outlining future plans and action points needed to achieve these

•        Had additional optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Shine professional careers adviser

•        If looked after or have additional needs a one-to-one interview to discuss post 16 options.

Student Entitlement Statement

By the time students get to the end of Year 11 they will have:

•        Attended Year 11 ‘Moving On’ evening to help make decisions about post 16 options

•        Had the opportunity to attend careers talks during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics

•        Used the National Careers Service website to research jobs, skills, entry requirements, training and pay for a variety of jobs

•        Produced a CV and covering letter that focuses on their skills and qualities

•        Had instruction on how to complete application forms for courses and vacancies.

•        Been made aware of all the post 16 choices available to them, through presentations on PSHCE Drop down days careers website

•        Informed about the different levels of apprenticeships including the benefits of Higher Level Apprenticeships

•        Had an individual careers guidance interview with the school’s Shine professional careers adviser as part of their entitlement to receive impartial information, advice and guidance

•        Received a written action plan following their careers interview, outlining future plans and action points needed to achieve these

•        Made an application for post 16 courses either through Abbey Grange sixth form applications or through the area prospectus www.ucasprogress.com following preparation sessions in school to guide them through the process

•        Had additional optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Shine professional careers adviser

•        Had the opportunity to have a mock interview for sixth form or apprenticeship admission

•        If looked after or have additional needs a one-to-one interview to discuss post 16 options. They will receive addition support to help them apply.

Student Entitlement Statement

By the time students get to the end of Year 11 they will have:

•        Gained first-hand experience of the world of work by undertaking a week of work experience, in a working environment that is related to A level courses being undertaken. Students will be responsible for arranging the placement. This will help them learn about employability skills and the job market

•        Have an additional one-to-one interview to discuss post 18 options if needed

•        Attended sessions on higher education, gap years, student finance in PSHCE drop down days

•        Visited Universities

•        Had the opportunity to attend careers talks during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics including apprenticeships, Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships – when and how to apply

•        Updated their CV with their new qualifications and skills

•        Had additional optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school Shine professional careers adviser to help them make decisions about post 18 options

•        Been guided through the UCAS application process and made an application through UCAS, if they intend to go to university

•        Had the opportunity to have a mock interview for employment or university admission

•        In the event they decide to change their academic or career ideas, attended an Interview with the Shine careers professional to discuss all their options for further study, apprenticeships or employment.

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